Hounded (novel)

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Hounded
Hounded cover.jpg
Author Kevin Hearne
Cover artist Gene Mollica
Country United States
Language English
Series The Iron Druid Chronicles
Genre Urban Fantasy
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date
2011
Media type Print
Pages 304
ISBN ISBN 978-0-345-52247-4
Followed by Hexed

Hounded is the first novel in Kevin Hearne's urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. It was released on May 3, 2011. The sequel, Hexed was released on June 7, 2011.

Plot introduction[edit]

Hounded introduces the character of Atticus O'Sullivan, and his world, an alternate history where magic, vampires, werewolves, Gods and other supernatural elements exist (albeit in hiding). O'Sullivan, the last Druid and proprieter of Third Eye Books and Herbs occult shop, comes into contact with many of the supernatural characters of his home city of Tempe, Arizona. He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

And for Hounded (book one), this particular sword sets off a series of godly events. The novel blends elements of mythology and urban fantasy.

Characters[edit]

  • Atticus O'Sullivan: The last of the Druids.
  • Oberon: Atticus' Irish Wolfhound; he can communicate telepathically with Atticus.
  • The Morrigan: Celtic Chooser of the Slain and goddess of war.
  • Aenghus Óg: Celtic god of love who has been pursuing Atticus to retrieve the Fragarach.
  • Flidais: Goddess of the hunt.
  • Radomila: Leader of the Tempe Coven
  • Emily: The youngest of the thirteen witches in the Tempe Coven.
  • Malina Sokolowski: Witch of the Tempe Coven, guardian of Emily.
  • Hallbjörn “Hal” Hauk: Atticus’ daytime lawyer who is also a werewolf.
  • Leif Helgarson: Atticus' nighttime lawyer who is also a vampire.
  • Widow MacDonagh: Atticus’ neighbor and friend.
  • Granuaile: Bartender at Rúla Búla who is possessed by an Indian witch.
  • Brighid: Goddess of poetry, fire, and the forge; Aenghus Óg’s sister and Bres’ wife.
  • Bres: Brighid’s husband and former king of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
  • Coyote: Native American trickster god.

Reception[edit]

The book was received well by critics. Publisher’s Weekly called it, “a superb urban fantasy debut.” [1]

Several other authors have also praised Hearne’s first book. Nicole Peeler said that Kevin breathed “new life into old myths,” and created “a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”[2] Ari Marmell called it “a page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” [2]

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