Published by Del Rey on May 3rd 2011
Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles)
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 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.
Kevin Hearne is coming to the bookstore I work at on July 11th. Lots of people seemed excited about it, but I hadn’t read any of his books (despite thinking the cover model of the series is a smoking hot ginger). I made up my mind to try to at least read the first book since I want to attend the event, especially after learning that Kim, my co-blogger, is a fan of the series. Kim and I don’t always agree on books, but the idea that she really liked this fantasy series and the audiobooks really spurred me to get the first book on audio from Libro.
It was love at first chapter. I love the mix of magic, mythology and snark. I did end up buying this first book in paperback, mostly because I wanted to know how to spell some of the names I was hearing and partly so I’d have a book for the author to sign come Tuesday.
Hounded is all about Atticus and his friends (and frenemies) battling demons, Irish love gods, witches, magically compromised police officers, and a particularly nosy neighbor. There were parts that had me laughing out loud, and I found myself listening whenever I had a spare moment.
The scene in the bookshop when the cops come to search the premises. Wow. Also, the ghouls, man, the ghouls.
Stop the Clock:
I don’t usually binge read series or authors anymore because I have so many books on my TBR or books I need to read for my job that I don’t just DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) like that anymore, but I immediately bought the second book and started it. It’s weird, because I don’t read that much Urban Fantasy, and I don’t know if it’s because the male POV is refreshingly different or what, but I am so onboard with this.
Hounded gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
|Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2) by Kevin Hearne
Published by Del Rey on June 7th 2011
More witches! I love how different and diverse witches are in Hearne’s world. The action only increases in this series, and practically from page one Atticus and crew are playing defense against some truly wicked witches. There’s lots more mythology added to this one, with the Bacchus party people showing up, more witches, more demons and more of Atticus’s bloodsucking lawyer friend. There’s also a little sadness, because despite the humor and action, Hearne does deliver consequences that not even a 2000 year old Druid can prevent against.
The audiobook series read by Luke Daniels continues to kick so much ass. It’s kind of funny, because I had read someone’s audio review of this book that said basically that they thought Daniels was too snarky for Atticus… but I respectfully disagree. Atticus is one sassy Druid!
It’s towards the end of the book, but the scene where Atticus is telling some of his friends what he was up to during WWII was my favorite. From the popcorn popping audience, to the way Atticus did his best to make a difference, to the one time he was thwarted, made this moment a read stand out.
Stop the Clock:
It’d be fair to say that I blazed through this audiobook. I actually took joy in re-organizing my closet and pruning my wardrobe because it meant more time to binge listen. Normally I avoid domestic chores whenever possible, but listening to a great audiobook can really be the spoon full of sugar making the medicine go down (in the most delightful way!). Since I’ve given up real sugar, book sugar is my favorite substitute!
Hexed gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
|Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3) by Kevin Hearne
Published by Del Rey on July 5th 2011
And I’m done with book 3! Who knows how far I can get before July 11th when Hearne descends upon Fountain Bookstore (I’m guessing at least book 4). And because I can’t resist:
It’s Hammer Time!
Finally, Thor is happening! But first we get a climb up a mythic tree, a truly enormous and adorable squirrel, Asgard, and golden apples. Once again, Hearne brings the action and humor to our favorite Druid’s world (seriously, he and Oberon really deserve a vacation). But the style is a little different, as we meet the other characters who share their tales of woe and the ax they have to grind with the God of Thunder. I love Atticus, but I really enjoyed the chapters focusing on the other character’s stories and encounters with Thor.
There were lots of midnight moments here, but it was something at the end with what Oberon has to tell Atticus that scared the bejeezus out of me.
Stop the Clock:
This book was bloody and brutal, but I guess you can’t take on Thor and a bunch of gods without epic battles and epic loss. I’m so curious to see where this takes Atticus in the future!
Hammered gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
So now, I’m off to download Tricked, the 4th book! And tomorrow night I’ll get to meet the author in person and snag a physical copy of his latest book. If you’re in RVA, come on down, or feel free to order a signed book online at Fountain Bookstore!