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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Review: HOUNDED

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Book 1 of The Iron Druid trilogy

Genre: urban fantasy

About Hounded:
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Source: Info in the About Hounded was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9533378-hounded on 27/04/2011.

Review:
What a fantastic debut novel!!

I like the author's "voice". Compelling, easy to read and with humour between the pages. Absolutely wonderful!! Had me laughing out loud a few times. I think it's what made the story telling quality a 5 out of 5. It also makes for quick reading. I'd give the pace a 4.5 out of 5. The author is also very good at molding characters which I can relate to very easily. However my favouritest is not really the main character, though I like him too. It's his sidekick, Oberon! Now, where can you find a wolfhound who can sass like Oberon does? Mmm?! I'd give the character development a 5 out of 5. For those who have read Hounded, do you think Oberon might look like this pic we got here? And now the ending, it gives a satisfying resolution to the story's main dilemma. I'm an HEA kind of girl, and this book gave me that. The ending is what made me an instant Kevin Hearne fan! Can't wait to read the next book, Hexed! And here's the boon, Hexed is only a couple of weeks away, not a couple of years!!

Empirical Evaluation:
Character Development = 5
World Building = 5
Plot = 4
Story = 4
Pace = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
Story Telling Quality = 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries


Other Books In The Series:

Book 1: Hounded publication date: 3 May 2011
Book 2: Hexed publication date: 5 June 2011
Book 3: Hammered publication date: 5 July 2011


Thank you to Random House for the review copy received.

1 comment:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This sounds great and I love the sexy cover.

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