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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beyond the Bookshelf: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

I’ve never really tried delving into the Urban Fantasy book genre because a couple of things kinda ruined it for me. First is that it is usually tied in with the Young Adult genre and second is that most of the books in this category tend to lean towards the sappy romantic stories with vampires in it (yes, I’m looking at you Stephenie Meyer). So, all these years I’ve just stuck with my trusted Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre with the occasional adventurous foray into the fiction world. But a few months ago I stumbled into Hounded, written by new author Kevin Hearne, and it is tragically labeled as Urban Fantasy. (I saw it in one of the promotional posts by Del Rey, a publisher that I trust when it comes to Fantasy novels.) Anyway, I gave it a try and got hooked!

Atticus wielding his magical sword, Fragarach

Hounded is the first of a six-book series called The Iron Druid Chronicles. What attracted me to it initially was that it’s written by a male middle-aged comic book enthusiast. So I knew that any crappy romantic foolishness would be minimal, hence only a mild irritant (yep, still lookin’ at you Stephenie). It also features a lot of mythological lore from Celtic to Nordic, and even Christianity thrown in for good measure.

Well, what’s not to like? I won’t go into details with what the story is all about but the characters are hilarious and the retorts are so filled with irony it drips. Atticus and Oberon's antics are so sidesplittingly humorous that even our grumpy and dour cats LOL'd! The storytelling is simple but witty and the plot is fast-paced and easy to follow yet still offers a few surprises and twists. All in all, an entertaining and fun novel to read! For those of you addicted to vampires and werewolves, don’t worry! There are a few characters there that fit the bill. And some witches and a sexy barmaid too if you’re into that stuff!

Well, I’m off to read the next book in the series, Hexed, with a flagon o’ beer as Kevin Hearne is wont to do! Rula Bula!

How about you? What Urban Fantasy novel has got you hooked lately?


  1. Sounds promising. Are the other books in the series out already, or do we have to expect to spend ten or twenty years waiting for the rest of them?

    I got bit by the Dark Tower series, and it kind of soured me on book series. I read the first gunslinger short story in an anthology, and bought and read the first book before realizing the story didn't have an ending, and probably never would.

  2. Hi seybernetx! Yeah, the first 3 books have already been out. The 4th one is scheduled for April of 2012 but the books don't really have a cliffhanger at the end so waiting for the next one is not that hard. :)

    That's too bad about the Dark Tower series. Good thing Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" have been taken up by Brandon Sanderson and we will soon have an ending to it! Whew! -[Zane]



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