Publisher: Del Rey Books
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First Line: There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius.
The Iron Druid Series Order
Book 1: Hounded
Book 2: Hexed (07 June 2011)
Book 3: Hammered (05 July 2011)
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I chose this book from the Amazon Vine program. I know that I liked the concept – a modern day Druid – and the fact that it was compared to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. I love the Harry Dresden books after all. But at the same time I really hate when one series is compared to another as the two in question rarely meet the exception. This wasn’t the case with Kevin Hearne’s Hounded which not only met all of my expectations but exceeded them.
I read this book on the plane home from visiting my sister and often found myself chuckling aloud at things in the book. The main character of Atticus has just the right amount of sarcasm to keep things light even when there are demons and other beasties popping out all over the place. Not to mention a fun cast of supporting characters that I hope we see again and again in the next two books. Like Atticus’s werewolf & vampire lawyers, his dog Oberon, his widowed neighbor and the various gods and goddesses that so love to make Atticus a pawn in their games. And the mythology…I couldn’t get enough of it! I love Irish mythology, I always have, and Hearne does an amazing job with weaving in all you need to know of the old myths without bogging the story down with details. And its not just Irish Mythology that is used but there are myths and stories used from other religions/beliefs as well that really flesh out this world and make it tangible.
Hearne also does a great job in making the reader believe that all these old gods and goddess are real and still walk among us. In some ways, The Iron Druid series is the Percy Jackson books of the adult world but with a bit more action, humor and fighting. As Hounded was the first in a series there is a lot of time spent on the world building and character introductions but mixed in with all that information is a well detailed plot that really sucks you in. The story is fast paced and there is very little time for you to sit back and breath because once Atticus overcomes one hurdle there are three more tossed in his way.
Edited to add: Just a quick note to say while this book might appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson series the Iron Druid series is definitely for a more mature audience.