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@Read Epub ⛓ Hounded ë 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 AnswererUnfortunately, 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 i was surpirsed at how much i loved it.the myths are correct and from all over the world.and i loved the dog.re read still love that dog re re read i could read this every month if i had too. It s hard for me to read urban fantasy these days and not compare the books to the Dresden files When the main character is a magic wielding badass that interacts with mythological figures, it makes it harder to avoid the comparison When the book is in first person, and the magic wielding badass is also a snarky, sarcastic wise ass well it s nigh impossible to avoid putting the two books side by side in my mind That said, there are a lot of differences And the vast majority of the thi It s hard for me to read urban fantasy these days and not compare the books to the Dresden files When the main character is a magic wielding badass that interacts with mythological figures, it makes it harder to avoid the comparison When the book is in first person, and the magic wielding badass is also a snarky, sarcastic wise ass well it s nigh impossible to avoid putting the two books side by side in my mind That said, there are a lot of differences And the vast majority of the things that set Atticus apart from Dresden are good things These books arelighthearted than the Dresden files Atticus is less emo than Harry, and he starts off as a huge badass who is able to go toe to toe with some serious mythic shit right off the bat in book one Mind you, when I say I like these differences, it s not because I dislike the way things were handled in Butcher s books I m saying that I like them because those are the things that make these iron Druid books distinct from the Dresden files It gives the books their own distinct feel Normally, I d probably give this one a 4 5 stars But given that it s the author s first book AND the fact that I know I was unfairly comparing this book to the Dresden files all the way through I m going to bump it up to 5 5 I loved this book I wasn t sure at first because lately when reading my urban fantasy books, they are taking me longer to get into and that s sad because I used to read them all of the time At any rate, this one took off for me after a little bit and I freaking fell in love I mean this book has so much stuff in it All kinds of gods, references to gods, God, the devil We have Vampire and Werewolf attorneys, goblins, ogres gah there is just so much Anyhoo, so Atticus is a 2100 year old I loved this book I wasn t sure at first because lately when reading my urban fantasy books, they are taking me longer to get into and that s sad because I used to read them all of the time At any rate, this one took off for me after a little bit and I freaking fell in love I mean this book has so much stuff in it All kinds of gods, references to gods, God, the devil We have Vampire and Werewolf attorneys, goblins, ogres gah there is just so much Anyhoo, so Atticus is a 2100 year old Druid, the last Druid I might add, unless of course the author brings another one into the story later Atticus poses as 21 and owns a store that has crystals and herbs and what not AND, he has a talking relationship with his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon OMG He s my new book boyfriend, er, druid This book is both funny, narly and plenty of awesomeness Sooooooooooooooooooooooo, this evil god dude was he a god Now I can t remember, either way he was a jerk evil demon dude and he blames Atticus for stealing his sword The sword is named Fragarach the Answerer and it s bad to the bone, it will kill you deader than dead in a second There is a whole history there but you can read it yourself Atticus is living in Arizona and has been off the radar from said jerko for years, but apparently gods or demons, minions, whatever can surf the net and find people Yeah, I know right And Atticus was stupid enough to put his real info ish out there Now he is being hunted A few things the old jerko send after Atticus to try to get the sword and kill Atticus before he gets there end up having a bad day or night And it s amazeballs OMG Oh and there is the Morrigan who is the death goddess She s on Atticus side so to speak and stuff And Atticus has a werewolf Hal and a vampire Leif as his attorney s I mean this is just too cool for me to handle people There are just so many cool things that you just have to read the book The earth energy that Atticus uses, just all kinds of stuff Oh and the old widow lady down the street, Mrs MacDonagh who drinks like crazy, loves Atticus and is okay with him killing stuff and having werewolf friends Lol She s a hoot I m going to leave this review with some excerpts Some are of Oberon the dog who has an obsession with Geghis Khan and French Poodles EXCERPTS The bars along the wall of my shop had melted silently apart behind them and morphed into jaws of sharp iron teeth The giant black maw reached out for them and snapped closed, scissoring through the fairies flesh as if it were cottage cheese, and then they were inhaled like Jell O, with time only for a startled, aborted scream Their weapons clattered to the ground, all glamour gone, and then the iron mouth melted back into its wonted shape as a series of bars, after gracing me with a brief, satisfied grin I got a message from the iron elemental before it faded away, in the short bursts of emotions and imagery that they use for language Druid calls Fairies await Delicious Gratitude There was no time to negotiate He nodded once and said, They don t look very tough They re giants using glamour, so don t trust your eyes Use your other senses What does their blood smell like They were almost upon us, but it was a worthwhile question Leif s eyes widened when he caught the scent of their blood They are strong, he said Thanks, Atticus He grinned, his fangs lengthening as he smiled I have not had my breakfast yet Look at it like an all you can eat buffet I said, and then there was notime for talking Not one to be shy, Leif launched himself in a superhuman leap against the leading Fir Bolg, far above where his head was according to mortal eyes That s because the giant s neck was actually about three feet higher, and the Fir Bolgs slowed down when they saw their leader taken down by a guy in an English business suit But slowing down wasn t the same as stopping Agreed, the vampire said I am full right now anyway I need to work some of this off He dug a cell phone out of his or, I should say, my breast pocket and used a speed dial number to call someone named Antoine I have dinner for the whole crew at Mitchell Park in Tempe right now Bring the truckYes, there is enough for everybody, trust me See you there Whoa He had ghouls on speed dial My lawyer kicks so much ass I rose from my chair and Oberon began to trot in front of me down the hall to the bathroom, his tail wagging again Will you tell me about Genghis Khan s whores while I m in the bath Hordes, not whores He had both, though now that you mention it Sounds like he was a busy guy You have no idea Did you get me that movie about Genghis Khan It s in the Netflix queue, but that s not the surprise You don t need to worry, it ll be something good I just don t want you to feel depressed about going home Oh, I won t But it would be cool to have a stream like this in the backyard Can you make one Umm no I figured Can t blame a hound for trying Oberon was indeed surprised when we got back home to Tempe Hal had made the arrangments for me, and Oberon perked up as soon as we were dropped off by the shuttle from the car rental company Hey, smells like someone s in my territory, he said Nobody could be here without my permission, you know that Flidais did it That isn t Fidais you smell, believe me I opened the front door, and Oberon immediately ran to the kitchen window that gazed upon the backyard He barked joyously when he saw what was waiting for him there French poodles All black and curly with poofy little tails And every one of them in heat Oh, WOW Thanks, Atticus I can t wait to sniff their asses He bounded over to the door and pawed at it because the doggie door was closed to prevent poodles from entering You earned it buddy Hold on, get down off the door so I can open it for you, and be careful, don t hurt any of them I opened the door, expecting him to bolt through it and dive into his own personal canine harem, but instead he took one step and stopped, looking up at me with a mournful expression, his ears drooping and a tiny whine escaping his snout Only five Fin MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List If Joss Whedon and Jim Butcher had a love child that would one day grow up and write a novel this would be the novel he wrote.PLUSEQUALS image error Now would be the time to admit the truth about your parents, Hearne ADMIT IT For the most part, Hounded is a delightful, action packed urban fantasy novel with plenty of laugh out loud moments, interesting characters and witty banter.It s not a perfect novel The main protagonist, Atticus, a 2100 year old druid living in Tempe, Arizona is a fanta If Joss Whedon and Jim Butcher had a love child that would one day grow up and write a novel this would be the novel he wrote.PLUSEQUALS image error Now would be the time to admit the truth about your parents, Hearne ADMIT IT For the most part, Hounded is a delightful, action packed urban fantasy novel with plenty of laugh out loud moments, interesting characters and witty banter.It s not a perfect novel The main protagonist, Atticus, a 2100 year old druid living in Tempe, Arizona is a fantastic character Unfortunately, Hearne realized what an awesome character he d written and accidentally took that step into making him just a little TOO awesome Reading about Atticus standing around pwning yet ANOTHER person with his cool witty banter and incredible intellect eventually becomes a little tiresome Characters like Buffy and Captain Mal, whom Atticus is strangely linked to in my mind, are fantastic characters and what makes them doubly awesome is that they aren t perfect Atticus needs to have a flaw which doesn t include him being too good with the ladies That s like going to a job interview and stating that your personality flaw is that you just work too hard My dashing good looks and charm really are a curseOver all, 3.5 stars from me and I look forward to reading the next book in the series