Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne - Book Review

Write on: Sat, 26 Nov 2022 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 281

I've heard good things about the Iron Druid chronicles, and finally found the time to start the series.

What to Expect

A solid contemporary urban-fantasy, steeped in Irish mythology. Atticus is a 2,000 year old druid, with deep connection to the earth and some old enemies he'd rather not meet again. Naturally they come hounding him, resulting in the inevitable clash of mythology, supernatural, and nature.

What I liked

I loved the character of Atticus, proving that growing old and growing up are optional. He's a lighthearted rascal, and you can't but like him for it. His dog Oberon is the perfect companion, and has his priorities straights (sausages).

Add a fast-paced plot on the background of a very interesting world and magic-system, and you got all the ingredients of great entertainment.

What to be aware of

There are heavy references to Irish mythology (may lead you down rabbit holes to read more), and plenty of adaptations of that and other urban fantasy staples. It's a quick, fun read.

Felix's Review

Felix appreciated Atticus' temperament, his flippant and irreverent attitude at times. The story is an adventure story, not Felix's preference of mystery, but that didn't stop him from enjoying it.


Highly recommended read for quick entertainment. I'm going to jump on the rest of the series.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.

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Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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