I don’t usually post reviews here, but I feel obligated to slap every fellow (urban) fantasy nerd in the head with Hounded, yelling YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!
Not only is the cover over-the-top-of-Mount-Everest awesome, but what’s inside is so much unexpected fun that I read it in one complete sitting and almost cried with joy when I figured out that the next two instalments are coming out tomorrow (“Hexed” June 7 - that's TOMORROW!!! YAY!!!) and in a month (“Hammered” July 5), meaning I wouldn’t have to wait for years for them.
Here’s Amazon’s blurb:
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 Oberon (whose love for Genghis Khan, Star Wars, French Poodles, sausages and Atticus himself provides the best comic relief I’ve read in a long time). 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.
Action, humor, excitement, myth and especially the unlimited world building (every mythological, folkloric and religious faction from Native American over Irish, Norse, Eastern European to Indian is alive and kicking) make this a fresh new romp through the urban-fantasy-realms.
The only thing you shouldn’t expect is lovey-dovey romance - though that doesn’t mean Atticus lives a life of celibacy when not even certain female deities can keep their hands off this studly ‘young’ Druid…
Kudos to Kevin Hearne for this amazing debut!