Hounded is the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles series.
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.
If you are looking for something fun to listen to on audio, Hounded is a great choice. Luke Daniels's voice is really age and style appropriate although Atticus's dog Oberon does sound too much like Cheech Marin to me.
I laughed out loud so many times listening to Hounded. I don't do that very often, much less multiple times in the same book.
I'm certain the book is just as fun in print as it is in audio, but I like finding audiobooks that have this level of entertainment in them.
The Iron Druid Chronicles is an urban fantasy series. Many (many) mythical creatures make an appearance in Hounded, but they all have their place. I kind of tiptoe through the urban fantasy genre every once in a while, and I've really enjoyed every UF book that I've given a try so far.
I will definitely continue on with this series, and I will likely listen to them all on audio as well.
7/10: Recommended Read