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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One

Hounded - Kevin Hearne Well, this was a lot better than I expected! The cover makes this look like a paranormal romance. It’s not. It’s a humorous urban-fantasy adventure. Think: a much more light-hearted, slightly less PC Charles de Lint.

Atticus O’Sullivan is a two-thousand-year-old Druid. He’s developed awesome powers over the centuries, but maintains the appearances of a handsome 22-year-old, and keeps up with his pop culture, in order to blend in. Lately, he’s been living quietly in Arizona, running a New Age book-and-herbal shop (used by the author as an excuse for a couple of outdated and unnecessary complaints about marijuana users, oh well). However, the Tuatha Dé Danann have tracked him down, and soon Atticus (and his faithful dog, Oberon) will find himself facing his ancient enemy, Aengus Óg. A variety of figures from the Celtic pantheon turn up, as well as assorted vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, giants, and what have you. Bear in mind, the whole convoluted scenario is tongue-in-cheek – if you’re looking for high drama, look elsewhere. But I found the book to be fun, light reading.

I’d say the main target audience for the book is geek guys – but there’ll be some general crossover for many Pratchett and Gaiman fans, as well.

I received a copy of this book through Goodreads' First Reads giveaway. Thanks!