Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: Hexed

Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2)
by Kevin Hearne
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Del Rey
Source: Bought
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Summary:

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.


Review:

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

14 comments:

  1. Although Atticus always gets his way, this still sounds like such a great series. I love mythology so I'm sure I'd have a lot of fun reading about all these awesome gods and goddesses. Someday I will get around to reading these books!

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    1. I know your love for mythology, Z. That's why I'm so excited for you to read the series!

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  2. I haven't heard of this book yet but the cover looks kick-ass and the story sounds really interesting ;) I love books with heart-stopping actions, hilarious but clever characters like Atticus so I definitely need to check this book out soon! I really adore mythology too, particularly Greek myths so I think I'll love this series too!

    Awesome review, Chel! ♥ SO glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. The covers! I know, right? You should see the cover of Trapped. It sizzles with hotness and badassness.

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  3. Oh hilarious and clever characters definitely has me super intrigued by this series. Plus I love the covers! I've seen the books around but I never looked into what it was all about. I think I'd really like it. I'm fascinated by mythology and this just sound right up my alley! Great review!!

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    1. I hope you love it. The mythologies vary from Norse, Greek, Roman, Irish, Celtic... name it!

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  4. Chel. Seriously. Why haven't I read this series yet? What is my problem? Everyone seems to love it and yet I just sit here NOT reading it. Absurd. I have book one, and I think my new goal for this weekend is going to meet Atticus and Oberon, I can't deal with being out of the loop a minute longer!

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    1. Honestly, I have never read another review of these books yet, but I can only assume that majority of the readers love it as they all have an average rating of 4+ on Goodreads. Hope you love this series too!

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  5. Hey, I had not heard of this series, and it sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks! Something to read while I wait for the next Jim Butcher to come out. (If you haven't read his Dresden Files, you should: I think they'd be right up your alley.)

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    1. I've heard of Dresden Files and I think it's quite popular, but I'm not really familiar with the story. Thanks for the reco, will surely check it out soon, and I also hope you like Iron Druid. :]

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  6. I've actually never heard of this series before this review! But your review definitely makes me want to pick up the first book, Chel. :) I LOVE clever characters and non stop action books. Fantastic review, Chel!

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    1. Yes, go and want to pick it up some more. It's full of awesomesauce. Hope you love it! :D

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  7. I love this series! I still have the newest one to read. They actually get better too.

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    1. They do, right? And I just got Trapped from Edelweiss, I can't wait to read it!

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