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.
In Six Words: Geeky Druids are the new Vampire!
When Atticus O’Sullivan receives word that his longest living enemy is coming after him yet again to claim an enchanted sword, he decides that after two millennia of running he is tired of relocating, tired of hiding. Ready to face his demons in some kind of final showdown, Atticus discovers that it just may take more than a bit of luck to defeat his arch-nemesis for good.
I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun listening to a story!
Granted, it’s been a long while since I’ve had the patience to listen to an audiobook. Usually, I struggle with audiobooks because tuning in with your ears instead of with sight seems like it has to be in conjunction with another task, like getting on the treadmill or doing chores. And let’s face it, I’m not about to power walk or clean for 9+ hours straight, or even in broken up bits.
That said, narrator Luke Daniels totally rocked the voice of Atticus O’Sullivan and the other characters in Hounded, expect maybe the females, but I hardly can hold that against him. I enjoyed nothing more than being nestled up with Atticus’s voice in my head as I journeyed with him on a most excellent adventure.
My interest in Hounded only came after seeing the swoon worthy cover, obviously. Still, I refrained from buying the book because I don’t really think of myself as a big fan of UF. Then, one day on Twitter, the wonderful Danny of Bewitched Bookworms suggested it as an audiobook. One listen to the sample of Hounded and I knew I had to have it.
This story included mentions of every supernatural creature you could think of, and a few so odd they are often overlooked. Witches, faeries, vampires, werewolves, gods, goddesses, demons, all make an appearance, but Kevin Hearne weaved each in effortlessly, holding my interest the entire time without overwhelming me. Also, there were pop culture references galore, everything from Orlando Bloom’s salon quality hair in LOTR to Eric Cartman’s “You will respect my authoritah.” Just listening to it all was so dang fun!
The cast of characters were phenomenally epic; yet as delightful and terrifying as the secondary characters were, it was Atticus who stole the show. His whole being, from the way he thought about things to the way he acted, had me completely convinced that he was a 21 centuries old Druid who attended Shakespeare’s plays when they first debuted. Why shouldn’t he be completely blase about sex or talk about fathering a son in passing? This is not the say that he was unemotional or uncaring, just that his ‘reality’ was very different.
I’m not doing a good job conveying how great the story was, mostly due to the fact that I’m not accustomed to writing audiobook reviews. About all I can do is gush over how charmed I was by the story and the narrator’s voice acting.
The only thing that kind of grated on my nerves a few times was the voice of Oberon, Atticus’s beloved Irish Wolfhound. Because really, what’s a story like this without a dog that can speak plain English? While it was fun to imagine that Atticus and Oberon shared a link that enabled them to communicate with each other, and while Luke Daniels did an expectational job imitating the voice of a dog, I did find it a wee-bit annoying from time to time.
Overall, Hounded was a hilarious and grand tale that merged magic and heroics in the most charming way. The audiobook was engaging and entertaining, and I highly recommend it for some off beat fun.