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Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

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.

Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

Release Date: 3 May 2011
Read Date: 18 October 2011
Rating: [Did Not Finish]

I jinxed myself. I read the first 5 pages and thought I might actually like it after procrastinating over the decision of: to read, or not to read? I blame myself for attempting to as many have compared it to Jim Butcher’s writing. Me and that dude do not get on. We are chalk and cheese.

The humour is unfunny, it’s forced. The info-dump is off-putting, too much too fast. Dialogue-overload. Not enough description.

Atticus claims to be 2,100 or just 21 to humans. He lies to everyone but the humans. He ain’t two thousand years old. There’s no way. He brags about the famous historical events he’s witnessed, the powerful and dangerous gods he knows and thinks his physical prowess is that of a ninja. He sounds like an immature boy. Show me you’ve lived longer than most, don’t just tell me. He also feels too modern and “down with the kids”.

These gods care enough to warn Atticus of an impending threat on his life but he doesn’t take them seriously. Even after he is attacked. I don’t understand why they care if he never listens to them.

One of said gods, has promised not to let Atticus die. So if he’s in terrible agony from multiple wounds, he won’t die. That’s awful. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, and this woman is supposed to be an ally. Some ally. No thanks.

I wasn’t impressed with the gods we met in the beginning. Not much intelligence or wisdom to be found in them. They were only concerned with petty grievances and vengeance.

I hear Oberon is a hoot and an adorable sidekick. Well, I met him but he doesn’t seem terribly dog-like.

I’ve never given up after so few pages read before but I can’t force myself to read any more.

Not for me.

36/292 pages read.

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