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Hounded by Kevin Hearne review

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #1)

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Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that's where Atticus O'Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid - the last of his kind - has decided to set up shop. He's been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now.

But while these years have been good to him - Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined - The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it's up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender with a secret of her own, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.

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I'm really surprised just how much I liked this book. It's simple, linear, has a strong lead voice and an adorable sidekick -  an Irish wolfhound Oberon who has fantastic sense of humor.

Atticus, who looks like an attractive 21 year-old Irish lad in reality is 2100 year-old Druid. Centuries ago he stole an powerful sword from A Celtic god of love, who, let's say, is not a well liked figure among the rest of the Celtic pantheon. To spite him Morrigan, the goddess of battle and war swore not to take Atticus life, and thus he is still alive and running from the vengeful god and his flunkies.

But our Druid is fed up with running, he's got a nice new age shop, couple of friends - a werewolf and a vampire, who coincidentally serve as his lawyers and sparring partners, and a wonderful loyal dog who he taught to speak with him telepathically. So whatever comes next, he is staying.

What follows is a fascinating roller coaster of events, with spiteful witches, horny goddesses and one pissed off ghost...

I absolutely loved it. There is simple logic and purity in this book, wonderful kindness and humor despite the brutal battles which Atticus has to participate in. It's, for the lack of better word, earthy. Atticus is cautious, diplomatic and cunning, just what you expect from someone who lived for that long, and his dog... You have to listen to their conversations!

“You will respect my authori-tah!" Oberon said, in a passable imitation of Eric Cartman. I reminded him that I needed to concentrate. Sometimes dogs forget; they just get too excited.”

“Oh." Oberon looked at me. "I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I'll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn't said a thing."
"Thanks, buddy", I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans.
"See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.”
 Also the covers for the whole three books so far are man candy gorgeous, which kind of helps. A lot. :)

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Ещё одна серия, в которую я совершенно влюбилась с первой же книги.

Превосходный юмор, простой сюжет и очень привлекательный как и на глаза, так и по духу главный герой. Просто всё такое земное и прямолинейное, что эту книгу невозможно не полюбить.

Аттикусу О'Салливану, который выглядит как симпатичный двадцатилетний ирландский паренёк, на самом деле 2100 лет, и он последний ирландский Друид.

Виновен в его долголетии магический меч, который он стырил у кельтского бога любви, которого остальной пантеон на дух не переносит. Чтобы того позлить Морриган, богиня смерти и войны, поклялась не забирать жизнь Аттикуса настолько долго, насколько это в её силах, и периодически она его предупреждает о грядущих опасностях, когда бог любви и его слуги в очередной раз его находят.

Но Аттикус устал бегать, у него хороший магазин, неплохая пара-тройка друзей из вампиров и вервульфов, и преданный ирландский пёс Оберон, которого он научил общаться телепатически, что приводит к безумно смешным диалогам (см.выше).

Так что он готовится к грядущей битвы, а страсти всё накаляются, пока ему не приходится лавировать между опасными ведьмами, интригами божеств и одним разъярённым до чёртиков призраком...



N.L. Mars said...

Oh, this looks so awesome! I've added it to my wish-list.
Great review. :)

Melliane said...

It sounds really nice ! I didn't know this series. It's nice to have a man as a main character ! I will add ot to my wishlist

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I hope you both like the book! I have to buy the rest of the series now :)

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