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Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
 
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Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One [Format Kindle]

Kevin Hearne
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"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back—though it is a very nice magical sword—but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy

“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising

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BONUS: This special eBook edition includes two bonus short stories set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles: "Clan Rathskeller," and the eBook exclusive "Kaibab Unbound."

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 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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 de l'aventure et du rire 19 septembre 2012
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Si vous en avez assez des héros habituels toujours avides de risquer leur vie pour sauver le chat du voisin, voilà un bon bouquin. L'humour est un peu du genre Bruce Willis dans piège de cristal.
Comme l'a dit un autre commentaire, il y a beaucoup de lecture qui concerne surtout l'univers du personnage et moins l'action. C'est un univers riche, il faut bien çà. Et c'est un "défaut" qui disparait dans les tomes suivants puisque l'auteur vous a présenté son univers. (Au passage la suite est beaucoup moins affligée du défaut que se traine certaines séries qui consiste à faire des copier-coller de passages entiers des tomes précédents pour que le lecteur qui commence la série par le milieu ne soit pas trop paumé. çà permet de rajouter la mention "stand-alone" pour vendre plus... Donc conseil pour cette série : commencez par le début)
Pour ceux que ne rebute pas la culture celtique, livre à recommander.
Personnellement, j'ai lu toute la série, je les ai tous appréciés et j'ai beaucoup rit. L'écriture est fluide et plaisante et rend la lecture plutôt immersive.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hounded 19 décembre 2013
Par Rosa
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Very nice, entertaining and catching story of an ancient, irish druid who doesn't age and fights ancient evil monsters, witches and gods in a modern setting in America. It is written with a lot of humor and is just a lot of fun to read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 L'humour ne suffit pas 18 septembre 2011
Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Deux tomes des "Iron Druid Chronicles" sont déjà parus:
- tome 1: "Hounded" (le présent livre)
- tome 2: " Hexed "

Cela fait un mois que j'ai commencé "Hounded". J'ai encore essayé ce weekend, et finalement je renonce, 100 pages avant la fin (ma version Kindle est en 452 pages).

Je me suis accrochée car au-delà d'un excellent premier chapitre, très prometteur (je pense que l'écrivain a sué sang et eaux dessus!), je trouvais qu'il y avait de l'idée (du déjà vu, mais du potentiel). Le héros tient une boutique d'ésotérisme dans un coin paumé des Etats-Unis. Atticus est un druide qui s'est dissimulé dans une région qui lui semble relativement à l'écart des dieux et autres créatures extraordinaires diverses, y compris le Dieu chrétien, Jésus et Marie ("Mostly she sits around looking beatific and full of grace. Keeps calling me `child,' even though I'm older than she is"). J'ai bien apprécié ce point, les auteurs anglo-saxons ayant un gros tabou vis-à-vis de la religion. Atticus s'efforce de se dissimuler des dieux car certains lui demandent des comptes depuis longtemps, notamment un dieu irlandais à qui il a volé une épée.

Atticus semble avoir 21 ans. En fait il a plus de 21 siècles d'existence: " When I go to the grocery store, for example, and people see my curly red hair, fair skin, and long goatee, they suspect that I play soccer and drink lots of Guinness.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kevin Hearne Is Going On My Auto-Buy List! 7 mars 2011
Par Mayfayre - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't usually get overly effusive in my book reviews, but d*mn, this was a fun book! I'm an urban fantasy junkie and have logged a lot of reading hours in that genre, and with every writer and his/her brother jumping into the field to take advantage of its current popularity, I've thrown a lot of books at the wall because they're not worth the paper they are printed on. "Hounded" is definitely one of those books that you place down carefully, and remember where you stored it in your bookcase because you know that you'll be re-reading it sooner or later. It's definitely a keeper!

Quick synopsis: Atticus O'Sullivan is a 2100-year old Druid, supposedly the last of his kind. His appearance is that of a 21 year old, good-looking Irish guy. He lives in Tempe AZ, and runs a New Age-y herbal and book store. He's got an enemy who is the Celtic god of love who wants a mystical sword that Atticus took from him in a battle centuries ago, and who also wants Atticus dead. Periodically, as the god has located Atticus, he sends minions after him to kill him. In this story, he has located Atticus again, and decides to kill him personally.

The usual urban fantasy suspects exist: the Tuatha De Danann, werewolves, vampires, witches, ghouls, gods, goddesses, demons, etc., though they are not "out" to the general human population. So far, this doesn't sound like anything special, does it? The key differences between this book and most of the others in this genre is that it is extremely well-written (and even though I was reading the Advance Reader's Edition, it didn't have the spelling errors that are so common now in books), the characters are fleshed-out and interesting, and most of all, there is a sense of humor and fun in this book. The plot has some nice twists and turns, and seemingly impossible things are given logical explanations so the reader doesn't get hung up on implausibilities. I'm sure there are going to be comparisons to the Harry Dresden series, and I would say that if you like that series you're going to like this one. I would say, though, that Atticus O'Sullivan doesn't have the nebbish quality that sometimes annoys me with Dresden. This is a character who has been alive for millennia and he has learned something over those years and retained life's lessons; I like that Mr. Hearne portrayed him that way - a very old soul in a young-appearing body, and someone who has kept pace with the culture in which he lives.

This book also has one of the best dog characters that I've every read - Oberon, Atticus' pet Irish Wolfhound. He and Atticus are able to communicate mentally and their conversations are hilarious:

<Well, give her back her check and send her packing! We don't need to play her witch's games. They always want to get you and your little dog, too!>

"I knew I should have never let you watch the Wizard of Oz."

<Toto didn't deserve that type of trauma. He was so tiny.>

Another good character is the Widow MacDonaugh, an elderly woman that Atticus has befriended (or is it vice versa?), a survivor of the sectarian conflicts in Northern Ireland and who is the kind of old lady I would like to turn into - one who offers her backyard for body disposal and tries to chase werewolves off her lawn. She's funny but she's not a caricature of an old lady, a fine line that not every writer manages not to cross.

Although the main focus of the story in this book was mainly the Celtic mythological pantheon, I really liked that elements of Native American, Slavic, Nordic and Indian mythologies were also included. I always wonder why more writers don't do that; there is such a wealth of mythological material in other cultures. I was glad to see it mentioned in this book; it made it that much more interesting to me. In his acknowledgments, Mr. Hearne jokes about giving the impression that his "backstory is remarkably thorough and well-researched", but in reality, that's exactly the impression the book gives without being the least bit pedantic.

This is one of those books that you want to read to the end once you start it. I know that I will definitely be getting the next two books in the series when they are released, supposedly in monthly increments after the first one. Thank you, thank you Del Rey for deciding to issue the books one right after the other!

UPDATE: I just wanted to add that I'm listening to the unabridged audiobook version of this book (via Audible) and that I'm getting as much enjoyment from that version as I did from reading the book. The narrator does a fine job of voicing Atticus and keeping to the rhythm of the writing in the book. He doesn't try to give all the characters unique voices - with the number of secondary characters in the book I would think that that would become distracting, rather than adding to the narration. Instead he gives unique voices to a select few, characters who deserve to have their own distinct "voice" - such as Oberon, the Polish witch, and the Widow MacDonaugh, while the others are differentiated by the tone of their voices. It works well, IMO. So I'd give the audiobook version five stars too, because I think that if you get this novel in either print, electronic or audio format you're going to have fun time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quite the Charmer 2 avril 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Two things made me crave this book in my hands before its release in late April/early May--first the protagonist, Atticus, sounds like my kind of guy. He's brash, he's sensible and he taunts gods and goddesses like their nothing more than playground bullies. His tactful, but not truly, reverent attitude towards those beings is part of his charm. The second is that the excerpts I've read have made me eager to read more. Normally excerpts from authors I don't know make me interested, but not eagerly anticipating. They tend to be too short so I don't get a good feel for the character.

Not so with Atticus!

Admittedly my other reason was I was eager to see how all the pantheons of deities interacted and most especially the Celtic lore. I was happily ready to read, spot a deity I only cursorily know, look them up and then go back. Hearne didn't make me need those encyclopedias though, he gives a very good accounting of these deities without having Atticus run around playing Exposition Man.

In truth I appreciated the fact that Atticus was neither too modern nor too archaic in his speech and mannerisms. He balanced the line well; he managed to adapt many of the customs he grew up with to modern day and picked up the speech patterns of the modern world well. He was practical where others expected him to be foolish (given his words) or reckless (given his actions). It never got tiring to see when it dawned on people that hey Atticus is a clever one.

On occasion descriptions got to be a bit tedious or redundant--Hearne doesn't need to tell us, every single time, what's going on with Atticus' tattoos. Or that he has to be barefoot to channel his power. I understood--Atticus is on land, thus he's barefoot'ed, thus he's very powerful. I did find the descriptions of his charms, as well as the fact that he bound Iron to his aura, to be fascinating. It took him centuries, of a magical practice of his own devising, which makes me wonder how some of the trial and error steps went.

Other than Atticus I had a definite love for Morrigan--so sly and blunt and arrogant. Oberon, Atticus' faithful irish deerhound companion was a hoot. At one point he wants to be just like Ghengis Khan and demands a horde of french poodles.

Hounded was a joyride. The fight scenes were thrilling, Atticus was a charmer and lest I forget all the mythology...its like mythologist dream come true. The acknowledgment of the various Pantheons have for each other, but also the snide comments they have, had me grinning. The release dates for the following two books (Hexed and Hammered) were pushed back, but the wait will be worth it in the long run if you ask me.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hit and Miss 7 juillet 2011
Par Jana Stocks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I was excited for this book when I saw the initial story description and having finished it I find myself seeing it as a hit and miss kind of offering. There are some great ideas which I liked very much, but also some thing that made me cringe and want to slap the narrator and occasionally the author. :P

On a positive note I do like the pacing of the book and the wit. The widow McDunna was a complete crack up, and I like the use of the Irish mythos in a way that wasn't over done, even if it was a bit simplistic. The explanation of why Atticus is in Arizona and what he's chosen to do with his life makes sense to me, as does his desire to play keep away from a God that wants his head. The relationship with Oberon is good, though I do find some of the things Oberon says to be so far out of a dog's realm of understanding that it throws me out of the story. I think if there had been more information making Oberon a specific familiar with thoughts outside of doggie comprehension that it would have made better sense, but he's just a dog who has been affected by being around Atticus. For me that doesn't make the jump to understanding traumatized Toto or citrus air fresheners.

I do not like how Atticus thinks and acts like an oversexed frat boy. Sex doesn't bother me. Sex with at least two goddesses and being lusted after by others...well...kinda par for the course for the genre. Many of the heroes and heroines of UF are attractive to all sorts of folks, even if the hero/ine themselves are described as being plain or otherwise not overly attractive. So it's a little Gary Stu, but dealable with. I despise the interactions with the EMTs and the portrayal of the same. If you are 2100 years old and as smart as Atticus is supposed to be using power you don't have to give an EMT a wedgie twice is just plain stupid and arrogant. And I can see setting up problems with authority, again very typical, but when you get into medical folk, in particular EMTs, you're dealing with people who work stupid hours responding to people when their lives have gone to crap. Very rarely do you find an EMT who is a jerk and even more rarely do they sit there and bicker details versus HELPING the person involved. It's not their job to determine the legitimacy of a wound, it's their job to save lives and treat the hurt. People who are into a job for the power over other people don't become paramedics, EMTs or other emergency personnel. It's fine to keep up with the times and be hip, I don't have a problem with that. But there is a difference between acting young and keeping up appearances and thinking like a teenager. 2100 years worth of experience should, in theory, also bring with it a bit of wisdom and tolerance, Atticus shows neither.

I've seen a lot of comparisons with Jim Butcher, and I'd say Herne has some of the same flow, but it's definitely Butcher lite. I'm willing to give him a couple of books to hit his stride, I'm not so turned off that I won't pick up another one, but it could go either way for me right now. I want to see that up with the times Druid with power and a nifty sword and a soft spot for an Irish widow, but I want to see him tempered by the years he's lived and to show wisdom through humor. Otherwise what's the point of him being a 2100 year old Druid instead of a newbie, except that he gets to make esoteric historical references?
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Target audience? Not for me at least... 22 septembre 2011
Par Nicholas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
If nothing else, this was a creative story - I've never run into celtic lore in the fantasy genre before, let alone set in modern day... so that was a plus.

On the other hand, while the story was creative, I found myself a little bored. If I had read this book when I was 13, I'd be chomping at the bit to get into the next novel. Unfortunately I'm not, and I found the story and characters a little too twilight-esque - for a protaganist who is two millenia old, I just kept expecting him to behave like he had a little more baggage. Instead he behaves more like a happy-go-lucky, know-it-all eighteen year old. There's no sacrafice for the good guys, and the the bad guys lose - utterly. Maybe I've just grown to enjoy darker novels, but I just found this a little too nice and neat. The characters and the author will tell you otherwise, but it's not what came through to me and even though the author uses some adult contexts, they're adult in the way that a horny thirteen year-old boy might imagine.

I'm slightly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reviews, but despite my comment about the novel being twilight-esque, I need to keep in mind that slot of people really enjoy those books. So, with that in mind, if you're looking for Twilight, minus the teenage love story, this novel is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 If James Bond were a Druid 14 mars 2012
Par New in VT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I read Book 1 of the Iron Druid Chronicles a few weeks ago and am struggling to recall enough details of the plot to write even a brief recap. And perhaps that is all the recap you really need.

Atticus is a super hot druid (see cover) which is impressive as he is actually thousands of years old. He lives in Arizona selling tea and tarrow cards to old people and college students (respectively) while romping about the desert with his talking dog/banter buddy Oberon. Ages ago he managed to get his hands on the legendary sword Fragarach and now Aenghus Og, the powerful Celtic God and original owner, has decided he wants it back.

Atticus is the James Bond of Druids. He's powerful, routinely underestimated, has lots of nifty cool gadgets, and women frequently drop their panties for him. Although Atticus doesn't have much time for lady-fun because has his hands full battling the minions of Aenghus Og. Luckily for Atticus he is near-immortal due to an arrangement he made long ago with Morrigan, Celtic Chooser of the Slain, who has agreed to not come for him. So that's handy.

Seems like a decent setup for a fun romp. But too many things bothered me about Hounded:

1. It reads like watching a video game. Atticus battles increasingly challenging minions until finally facing the big bad. Also, like video games, Atticus regenerates life points quickly by sleeping next to mother earth.
2. The ability to regenerate quickly and being near-immortal frankly removes a lot of the tension from the battle sequences.
3. There are never any consequences to things Atticus does. The most obvious example was when Atticus beheads a baddie in full view of a mortal neighbor who basically shrugs it off because Atticus is a good guy and wouldn't have done so without a good reason.
4. Atticus has no personal or emotional journey. In fact he doesn't really seem to want for anything beyond being left alone to play with his dog and hang out in his shop. He's simply reacting to the stream of baddies that show up on his front door.
5. Is there such a thing as too much action? There is so much action going on that I started skimming. It wasn't like I was worried about how it was going to turn out (see point #1 & #2).
6. I think the dog (Oberon) is supposed to be funnier than he is. Yeah Oberon is continually asking for a harem of french poodles to frolic with. Eh...OK.

This is a hugely popular series that gets rave reviews on Amazon. It is definitely better than your average Urban Fantasy, filled with lots of action, a large cast of immortal characters, and snappy banter. If you're looking for fun, light, accessible fantasy, this definitely fits the bill. But it's also sort of forgettable. I considered buying the second book in the series but I suspect it's probably a lot like the first (if I'm missing out on greatness, please let me know). I figure I could save $8 by just putting this on the shelf and re-reading it in a year or so.

Urban fantasy isn't my thing. I love the Kate Daniels/Magic Bites series. But generally most of what I've read (Patricia Briggs, Jeaniene FrostKaren, Marie Moning) has left me cold. So maybe this book is better than I think it is, and it's simply just not my thing.
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