Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2)
by Kevin Hearne
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Del Rey
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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.
Hexed was just as fun as Hounded! Atticus and Oberon were as hilarious as ever. I have to say though, my respect for the hound shot up way higher than Atticus in this book. In Hounded, I thought Oberon thought like a 5-year-old kid. He still did in Hexed sometimes, still demanding sausages and bacon. But most of the time, his intelligence beat that of Atticus. He could handle complex conversations with Atticus and could even come up with jokes that would surely crack you up.
In the first half of Hexed, a character we only heard about from Hounded was introduced. A trickster god, Coyote, tricked Atticus into helping him kill a fallen angel who had been causing havoc on a school where one of Coyote's people was studying. In the second half, Atticus was forced to form an agreement with a coven of Polish witches to help annihilate another coven who had become a threat to both the Polish witches and Atticus, as well as to the very few people who were close to him.
Just like Hounded, Hexed was also filled with heart-stopping action-packed scenes that would surely challenge your imagination. One of the things I so loved in this series is the abundance of mythologies. In book 1, we met lots of awesome gods and goddesses and strange creatures from different pantheons and here in book 2, we are introduced to more of them. There was also a lot of running and fighting around naked and the gore leveled up as well.
The characters were just as hilarious and more clever, and the story itself was both enjoyable and nerve-wracking at the same time. But just like Hounded, one of the drawbacks of Hexed for me was that Atticus seemed to always get his way. There were also the rare times when I felt the tediousness of the plot. Although the events were unpredictable, the results were not. But even though I knew how the fights were going to end, I can't deny that this brought me to the edge of my seat for almost the entire duration of the book. If you're looking for a read that exudes with exhilarating fight scenes and one that would also make you double over with so much laughter, you must pick up this series NOW.
Rating: 4/5 stars