Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guest Review: HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne

Hey, Biters!  Michele, here.  I'm reading an excellent book right now that I thought you all needed to know about.  When I tweeted about its utter awesomeness, Yolanda Sfetsos replied in kind, so I asked her to do a guest review for us.  I'm still reading the story, but I know if you like Jim Butcher, you will also like Kevin Hearne.  Here's Yolanda's review:

Firstly, I just want to mention how much I love this cover! It's awesome. And the next two covers are super awesome too.

Okay. Now that I got that out of the way...

After reading--and really enjoying--the prequel short story
--for this series, I couldn't wait to get started on the first book. Wow, it definitely lived up to my expectations. And more.

Atticus looks like your average 21-year-old Irish lad, but he's actually over two thousand years old and is living in Arizona. He's also a Druid with some awesome and very powerful tattoos, an amazing amulet with some very interesting benefits, an occult bookstore, and a knack for getting into trouble. Actually, he's been running since he took the very powerful sword, Fragarach.

Now, his greatest enemy has found him and he'll use whatever--and whoever--he can in order to get to the sword. In the process, he sends some very nasty supernatural creatures after Atticus, and even involves the human police. But lucky for Atticus, he happens to have a few Goddesses on his side... or does he?

This book was a fantastic action-packed ride filled with danger, some very scary characters, and others that are so interesting I can't wait to read more about them. It's also a very unique story, which casts an array of Goddesses, Gods, and monsters into our world. I loved that facet of this book, and look forward to seeing what other adventures await this very cool Druid.

Oh, and did I mention Granuaile? No, I don't think I did... but you'll be pleasantly surprised to see what mysteries she holds. ;) And Oberon, the adorable Irish wolfhound, is an excellent addition to this book. I found his humour and wit hilarious!

This is an awesome addition to the growing world of urban fantasy, and just another reason why I adore this genre!

I've already pre-ordered the next two books in the series.

— Yolanda Sfetsos for Bite Club [Visit Yolanda at her website!]


Rain Maiden said...

I have Hounded on my TBR pile....so many good books...so
little time.

Michele Hauf said...

Finished the story last night. Already pre-ordered HEXED. Need it now! Such a great new writer, and lots of new twists to an over-populated genre. The guy on the cover is cute, too. ;-)

Vickie said...

Just ordered this one and HEXED from WhoElse Books in Denver since Kevin is doing a Beer and Books tour through Colorado. I can't make the signing when he's here in Denver, but asked Nina to get them signed for me. I love Jim Butcher, so I know this will be an excellent read.

Anonymous said...

I've had this book on my radar for awhile now and can't wait to begin the series. Been thinking that we should do a book club month with them so we can all share our thoughts. Was hoping to go to the Phx Comiccon last weekend so I could meet Kevin but couldn't make it (damn kidney stones).

Thanks for the guest review, Yolanda!

FYI...stop by Kevin's website. He has a great blog that's super funny.

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Michele, thanks for posting my review!

And thank you, Anna. :)

I can't wait to read the next two books in the series...