Hounded by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #1)

Synopsis:

9533378Atticus 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.

Review:

A very good start to what is sure to be a rockin’ urban fantasy series.

The good:

  • It only took four pages to become smitten with the narrator’s voice. Playful yet knowledgeable – I love it.
  • The action sequences and fight scenes are well done.
  • The magic system is interesting and I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

The not-so-good:

  • After the first chapter the book heads into info dump land. I get that there’s a whole world to set up, but there are a lot of names and relationships to keep track of fairly early.
  • …and a lot of them are gods. I’m not a big fan of fiction that draws on mythology of any sort, as it often gets info dumpy and deus ex machina tend to sneak in. No DeM here though, thank goodness.

And dealing with urban fantasy in general:

  • Why can guy heroes have casual sex, but female heroes can only have Sex With Lots of Meaning? I’m thinking back over the other urban fantasy series I’ve read and the guy often gets it on (good for him) but girls only have sex in book six as part of a committed relationship, etc. I’d like a female lead to have sex with a god that’s hanging around with no worries or angst, like Atticus does. Because that would rock.

Now that the world has been set in motion I can see later books rising into four star territory, no problem. Ooo, the next one would be great reading for my next flight…

~runs to the library~

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