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.
Kearne hooked me on page one. I admit to a special fondness for anything sci-fi or fantasy, so maybe I have a teensie bit of bias. Still, Hounded introduces a main character with attitude and humor, two traits which will pretty much guarantee I’ll like the character, unless they kill a puppy or something.
The story is written well, with a tight first person point of view that doesn’t waiver, and well-paced prose and dialogue which keep the story moving from start to finish. The character’s take on deities I found humorous, his dog is entertaining, and Atticus’ relationships with other characters paint a character with depth.
If you like magic, myths, and snark, I suggest taking a look at Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series.