Hexed by Kevin Hearne is the second book in the Iron Druid Chronicles and tells another story full of old gods, modern day troubles, and one very old druid. Hexed suffered a bit from second-book syndrome since it mostly felt like setup material for the rest of the series, but I still enjoyed myself. The narration for this series is wonderful, but I have to admit being a bit affronted by the “Wisconsin” accent ;-). If you don’t want to be spoiled, feel free to check out my review of book one, Hounded, instead.
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(The Iron Druid Chronicles #2)
Published by Del Rey on June 7th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- The characters really make a long running series and in Hexed we still have all the secondary characters you’ve come to love. Oberon continues to be absolutely adorable and the best talking dog in fiction. We get to know a few new characters, but mostly just deepen our knowledge of already-introduced characters such as a couple of goddesses, some witches, but with a Rabbi thrown into the mix as well!
- Hexed had a bit of a darker tone than Hounded since Atticus’ life is suddenly much less peaceful than it had been and that proves to have some serious consequences. I appreciated this darkness though because it makes it clear that Atticus is not perfect and there will be real consequences for when he screws up or even when he’s doing the best he can.
- As mentioned above, a rabbi and priest are introduced in Hexed along with the Virgin Mary and more witches. These additions continue the trend of many lesser-known or less-used myths being incorporated into an urban fantasy series and I quite liked it. It also gave Atticus a chance to explain a bit more about how gods and goddesses can take physical form, which is always fun ;-).
- Wisconsin people don’t sound like that! Seriously, it was like watching Fargo all over again. I’m from northern Minnesota (and therefore am happy to make fun of Wisconsinites ;-) ), but that is definitely not what a hint of a Wisconsin accent sounds like Mr. Narrator Dude.
- The plot of Hexed is a bit all over the place. There is some demon-killing, some Celtic goddess politicking, some witch-hunting, etc etc etc. Some coincidences felt just a bit too forced and I honestly had trouble remembering which events happened in book two instead of book one because they just felt so disjointed.
- All in all, Hexed very much feels like a setup book for the rest of the series. There are lots and lots of loose ends that need to be tackled at some point and even the epilogue is just the start of a huge project for Atticus. Hexed kind of felt like Hearne realized that he’d be able to do a long series and so started up a bunch of threads that he could play with later. I look forward to reading those books, but wish that Hexed could have been more graceful about the setup.
Hexed was a fun listen, though not as strong as book one. I will definitely be continuing with the series since I have a strong suspicion that things will go up from this point. I actually almost thought I wouldn’t review Hexed because I just wasn’t sure what it would accomplish, but here I am, warning you that you might stumble if you’re binge-reading this series, but hopefully book three is better ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
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