A druid is alive and running a mystical book store and tea room in Arizona. Who knew?
Hounded is the first book in a series called the Iron Druid Chronicles. It is about Atticus O’Sullivan, the last remaining druid who is just trying to blend in and avoid certain death at the hands of a god who is out to get him. Having grown weary of the typical female urban fantasy protagonist, Atticus is a refreshing change. He is an imperfect, likeable guy who manages to be totally alpha male while also being brilliant, funny, kind and sensitive. One of my favorite glimpses into Atticus’s personality is that he is a friend to his elderly, widowed neighbor. Not only does he sip tea and occasionally whiskey with her, but he mows her lawn knowing that the joy for her is sitting on the porch watching a hot guy do yard work! His dog, Oberon (a talking Irish Wolf Hound he rescued from the pound), is his partner in crime and in redemption; their relationship lets us see the side of Atticus that is loyal and caring.
As you can tell, I have a major crush on Atticus. The only thing he is missing is that he is not damaged, at least not that we know so far. I tend to like male protagonists that are a little broken. It increases the sexual attraction. (Don’t judge me. Can you argue that Cal Leandros and Dean Winchester are NOT super-hot?)
As with many urban fantasies, the variety of supernatural characters Atticus encounters runs the gambit, from vampire and werewolf attorneys to witches, zombies, goddesses who want to bed him and demons summoned to cause his demise. The author, Kevin Hearne, throws in a lively mixture of Irish lore, Norse mythology, Wiccan tradition and Celtic mythology. Although I cannot attest to the accuracy of any of that, I can say Hearne smoothly weaves the information into the fabric of the story.
I love this book. It manages to be filled with action, humor, interesting fight scenes and strong, believable
characters. I am already reading Book Two; I am excited there are several more books in the series.