Hounded is definitely in the range of popcorn reading for me. The author does a great job of blending just enough “real” mythology with new and modern twists to keep you interested. The characters are well written, showing flashes of their true identity while trying to blend into the modern world. There are very few purely good or evil guys …. and lots of interesting characters in the range between! The story takes place in a world that could very nearly be real – including most people’s great ability to explain away the unknown. Hearne takes the world as portrayed in the modern pagan communities and stretches it just enough to hover on the edge of believable. Once you pick up the book, it’s hard to put down!