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

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.

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