Jul 1, 2011

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Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #2)

Urban Fantasy
June 7 2011
Mass Market Paperback
294 pages
Del Rey

Yummy Man – Atticus O’Sullivan

From Goodreads
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

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Hexed is the second book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles and boy, is it awesome!  I can’t get over the characters he’s created and the world they live in.  And how smart and clever this series is!

Okay, honestly, Kevin didn’t create many of the character.  The Morrigan, Coyote, the Virgin Mary and such were not originally written by him, but the spin he puts to them is new.  They read like new characters and I love it.  His idea of writing that each and every god or goddess from every religion ever and of making each mythological creature ever as all being real and that they are all still around is so much fun.  There is a scene in this book where Atticus is talking to the Virgin Mary while Coyote overlooks.  It’s so so clever, I just loved it!  Nicole Peeler quotes on the back cover of Hexed “Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”  She hit the nail right on the head with that quote.

Atticus is totally going to be added to my favorite characters list – when I have the patience anyway because that page is a pain to edit!  He deserves it.  If a man can have sass, Atticus has it.  I know I keep saying this, but he is such a smart character.  And funny!   There are times while reading the first book that I found myself giggling quietly.  While reading Hexed, there are times I broke out in a loud bark of laughter.  You know the kind when you just shout out one big laugh unexpectedly.  The kind where if there are people around you, you get strange looks.  The kind where if caught, you will sometimes try to cover your laugh-bark with a fake coughing fit?  Yeah, that kind.  Book one was funny but I found book two to be even funnier.

The villains this time around were witches.  And let me tell you, Atticus hates witches.  I think it’s neat how Kevin writes all different sorts of witches.  None are ever cute and sweet.  None.  They are all creepy in their own right, just some are less creepy.  The final fight scene was really exciting and that’s all I’m going to say about it. *g*

Oberon, Hal, the widow, Leif and Granuaile are all extra wonderful secondary characters.  All offer laughs and each bring lots to the overall story.  Oberon (Atticus’ wolfhound that can communicate with him through his thoughts) is, simply put, freakin’ adorable!  Not only should you read this book for Atticus, but you should also read it to experience all the other characters that Kevin has wound into this series.

As you can tell, I thought this book was just okay.  No…I thought it was awesome!!  Hexed didn’t end with a cliffhanger but it did end with a clear-ish idea of where the next book, Hammered, will be going.  Atticus and Leif are going to fight Thor!  In Hounded and in Hexed, no one likes Thor.  He is said to be a bit of an ass-hat.  I can’t wait to meet Kevin’s take on Thor and to see how that battle will turn out.  I know Atticus is going to be alright since Kevin recently announced that he’s been contracted to write three more books in the Iron Druid Chronicles (Woot!), but it will be neat to see how he gets out of this one.

Overall, if you enjoy Urban Fantasy you must check out this series.  Read them in order so you don’t miss any character development.  The characters are one of the best part of this series and you don’t’ want to miss a thing about them.  Pick up Hounded then read Hexed.  Do it.  Do it now.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“The Morrigan, for all her beauty, wasn’t my top choice in bedmates.  She might look like a fantasy pinup now, but when in her crow form, she ate dead people, and that made me throw up a little bit when I thought about it.”

Books in the Iron Druid Chronicles series –
Hounded
Hexed
Hammered (July 2011)
Tricked (May 2012)
Trapped (December 2012)
Hunted (2013)

  1. Ohhh I am very curious but since the short story did not wow me I am very very cautious

  2. aww, you are doing it again…convincing me that I simply MUST go to the bookstore. I love books that are LOL-funny! smiles…

  3. Great review Julie I’ve added the first book to my wishlist I just now need money to buy it 🙁
    Are you getting this book or the first one signed? 😉

  4. Jennifer E says:

    This series has gotten a lot of praise. I have Hounded waiting for me on my shelf…glad it’s not a dud.

  5. blodeuedd – I really have to read that story and then tell you whether or not you’d like the books better! 🙂

    Christi – One day you’ll read it. One day. I can feel it. 😉

    Ally – Probably the first one. But I haven’t contacted anyone yet about it. lol

    Jennifer – Yay! Hounded was wonderful and of course so was this one. I hope you love them as much as I have!

  6. I have this book and the first book sitting on my shelf at home calling my name. Now that Christmas in July has started I won’t be able to get to them until August but I plan on reading the three books right in a row! I’m so happy to see that you’re still enjoying these books so much Julie and can’t wait to see what you think when the 3rd is released next week. 🙂

  7. I’m so glad that you liked it!. I heart Atticus, and secretly cry at night that I don’t have a best friend like Oberon.
    Great review!

  8. I’ll read this after finishing with Hounded and I’m starting Hounded in 3, 2, 1, now!!
    As always great review book pimp-er #1

  9. Deanna – I am looking forward to your event! You’ll just have to read Hounded as soon as you can. That’s all. 😉

    Nina – Most characters I read, as much as I like them, I would prefer they stay in the book thank you very much. But if Atticus were real, I think I would really like to meet him. 🙂

    Bookaholic Cat – Can’t Wait to see what you think!!!

  10. a lot. You deserve that place on the list. Keep wiirtng…keep improving. 😉 And watch out for the excess of very thinly disguised narrative (telling) at the end of book one. Good use of sporadic humor to help the reader stay fresh, btw (not many folks use that well). You’re among the top of my list of new authors to watch. happy trails! b!

  11. Sehr geiles Ding, gefällt mir richtig gut.Den Rock`n Roll, den ich auf der Autonomie etwas vermisst hab, den gibt`s hier in ner doppelten Dosis.Weiter so.Peace

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  13. Beste Gonnie,Bedankt voor je uitgebreide antwoord!Ik kan er verder mee, zeker omdat brandnetel en berkenblad al in m’n kruidenkast staan. De kruiden die je daarbuiten noemt zal ik zeker gaan gebruiken.Om van de verschillende kruiden een melange te maken vind ik een goed idee. Het idee om je lichaam ‘scherp’ te houden door afwisseling was me, bij nadere beschouwing, al bekend.Bedankt dus nogmaals voor deze wake-up call.Bram.

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