Del Rey; 4.3.2011 edition (May 3, 2011)
May 3, 2011
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 is definitely in the range of popcorn reading for me. The author does a great job of blending just enough “real” mythology with new and modern twists to keep you interested. The characters are well written, showing flashes of their true identity while trying to blend into the modern world. There are very few purely good or evil guys …. and lots of interesting characters in the range between! The story takes place in a world that could very nearly be real – including most people’s great ability to explain away the unknown. Hearne takes the world as portrayed in the modern pagan communities and stretches it just enough to hover on the edge of believable. Once you pick up the book, it’s hard to put down!