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The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1

Atticus O'Sullivan is a Druid; no, not an old man with a beard in a white robe waving mistletoe about, but a real, honest-to-goodness, ancient Druid with red hair and the eternal good looks of a twenty-one year old. Long ago, a sword fell into his possession. Refusing to hand it over caused Atticus to make an enemy of one Aenghus Òg, the Celtic god of love. If he wanted to live he had to head into hiding. Hightailing it out of Ireland, he started an eternity of wandering. Fast forward two thousand years and the best place to hide out is Arizona. Immortal gods have long memories and Atticus' luck has run out, curse that pesky Internet. Tired of running, Atticus is ready to get Aenghus off his back by any means necessary. . .

What an amazing debut! Move over ladies of urban fantasy, there is a new guy on the block and he can hold his own with Harry Dresden. Kevin Hearn does a spectacular job of blending the serious with quirky humor, magic, mayhem, history and mythology, and let us not forget the most charming talking wolfhound ever! Celtic mythology hasn't been a big focus so far in the urban fantasy landscape and that just made Hounded even more awesome! There was also mention of the Norse pantheon among others. I do hope Thor makes an appearance at some point! From the first page, I fell headfirst into this world and didn't want to surface until the end. This is so well written, the characters are so vivid they fairly jump off the page and in short, I am in love with this series! Luckily, the brilliant minds at Del Rey are releasing the other two books in the series, Hexed and Hammered in quick succession, roughly a month apart. I can't wait to get my hands on the continuing adventures of Atticus! 

Book Blurb for 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.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 5.00