Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2)

Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2)

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by Kevin Hearne
     
 

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BOOK 2 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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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

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BOOK 2 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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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.

Editorial Reviews

When I first discovered urban fantasy at a brick n' mortar Barnes & Noble, the basic concept compelled me like no other: you take some fantastical critters or magical doodads, slap 'em down in a contemporary setting, and then hang on for the ride.

Think of it: The entire world's collected mythology and folklore is waiting to be mined for fictional gold. That's what makes urban fantasy the most exciting genre to read and write for me. The potential for supernatural shenanigans in the present seems infinite. To narrow the focus a bit and keep myself sane, when I sat down to write Hounded, the first book of The Iron Druid Chronicles, I made myself a list of what I wanted to contribute to the genre. I wanted an unusual hero, easily distinguishable from others; I wanted to give man's best friend a voice, and I wanted it to be a big best friend, like an Irish wolfhound; I wanted a little old lady sipping whiskey on her porch, some gratuitous allusions to Shakespeare, and a beautiful, (mostly) normal girl in there with freckles and strawberry lip gloss; and I wanted a whole lot of gods and goddesses trying to survive in a secular world, especially from some pantheons we don't hear about all that often. Also, because they kind of scare me, no leather pants.

The Iron Druid Chronicles follows the adventures of Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old Druid who's discovered that it's the little things in life that make it worth living, and he can continue to enjoy those things so long as he hides from the Irish gods who want to kill him. Unfortunately, once he decides to take a stand, he draws the attention of all sorts of beings who thought the last real Druid had passed from this world long ago.

Part of the great fun of writing a character this old is figuring out where Atticus was during all of history's great events and whether he might have had a hand in them. But the pith, the core of what makes him so interesting to me is how he handles outliving all his friends and loved ones: How does he hang on to his humanity when his lifespan is greater than that of every other human?

The Iron Druid Chronicles still has plenty of familiar urban fantasy elements, but I hope readers will enjoy this very different hero who can talk to both gods and dogs, yet loves nothing so much as conversing with friends over a fine plate of fish and chips and a pint to wash it down.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345522498
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Iron Druid Chronicles Series, #2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
66,623
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

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Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 281 reviews.
GregMcD More than 1 year ago
This series is reshingly funny, witty, and sarcastic while remembering that this genre isn't a romance novel with a little sword and sorcery thown in. Far too many writers think sexual angst and a vampire or two is all a good book needs. Not. He also has created the best dog character every. I love the view of the world the oberon character has. I look forward to see where all these characters go in this fictional world. Lastly, there are some seasoned writers in this genre who could learn a lot from this writer, his books and his style.
TimeTravellerNC More than 1 year ago
I had this series recommended based on how I enjoyed The Dresden Files. Seeing that it would be a while before another Dresden Files comes out I went looking for the series. First off, this is the second book. You need to read the first book Hounded. This sets up the universe some and there is a continuing arc between the two books. However you don't have to read the first one to enjoy this one. The main character is a druid. The last druid. He's kept himself alive for over 2000 years. He's managed to tick off a group of witches that are encroaching on his home turf, and our Druid teams up with the local witches that he's had a few run ins with. This is a very irreverent series. He uses pop culture jokes to insult ancient gods & goddesses, and in general I find the sense of humor in this book to be funny and creates laugh out loud moments while reading. It's a great pace, great read, and I really enjoyed this and the following book 'Hammered'.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Looking for the perfect mix of humor and thrills with a twist? These are the Druids your looking for. Hexed and Hounded don't disappoint. Hexed, the sophomore edition of The Iron Druid Chronicles, is nonstop fun and excitement. Atticus O'Sullivan is a modern day druid, the last of his kind. And lately the crazies have been coming out the woodwork. You would think that defeating a couple of Celtic Gods, exorcising a few demons, and killing half a coven of witches would earn a guy some R&R. Think again. Tempting Tempe, Atticus' little Arizonian oasis is starting to look ripe for the picking to some pretty nasty supernaturals. A brood of German witches kick off the shenanigans by trying to curse O'Sullivan and the local coven. The murderous attempt is quickly followed up by a demonic straggler left behind by Aenghus Óg. Hearne keeps the pace swift with a visit from Coyote, who informs Atticus of a fallen angel preying on some very unfortunate high school students. Then there are the clergymen snooping around his bookstore, and the cops that just won't go away. But the honey-do list just keeps getting longer since some sin city Bacchants are in town and ready to throw down. Let's Party. It would be simpler to cut and run, but Atticus has decided that Tempe is home, and he has an obligation to heal the land his prior nemisis destroyed. He's going to have to get help from some familiar characters and strike a few ill advised bargains to get through the nine circles of hellion relatively unscathed, though not unmolested. By the end you'll be wondering which battle was more brutal, golems and demon spawn filled witches, or a tussle in the sack with the Morrigan. Hexed like Hounded was a witty well written book. There were some serious storylines happening here that could have easily gotten confusing. But Hearne's clever writing allowed for clarity while navigating through the fast-pasted and complex threads. I highly recommend the audio version of this book. The narrator , Luke Daniels, is excellent. Daniels does all the accents spot on, and must be a linguist with how well he speaks all the foreign languages. He really brings the words and characters to life. I think Hearne's biggest strength is the diversity and knowledge in the cultures and supernatural beings. The books seem well researched and work well together. Maybe it's just me, but I find the succession of this series each consecutive month refreshing. A throwback to the serials of not so long ago. Yet, because they're so good, I swear the wait is still excruciating. Keep Them Coming Kevin.
Vbplayernc More than 1 year ago
I love the series. It has action, magic, great lifelike settings, over-the-top mythological characters and simmering just under the surface, sexual tension. Luckily said tension doesn't cause characters to start having sex every time they think they are going to die (thank God). Another plus is that the author does not feel the need to recap what happened in the previous stories, ad nauseum. Word to the wise; people are not going to start in the middle of a series. Mr. Hearne respects us enough to just start where he left off and for that I am extremely grateful. I look forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure that Hearne would be abke to keep up the humor and fun through a second book. Atticus's confrontration with the "bad" coven of witches had me running out to buy Hammered as soon as I could! This is one author I'll be following for sure!
Linus65 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for plain old escapism fun this series is for you. It's written in a fast paced style that will keep the pages turning, or rather the finger swiping. Give a spin and just enjoy
Todd-M More than 1 year ago
A refreshing new twist in urban fantasy.
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Not bad at all. I love Oberon.
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If you are a Jim Butcher fan you will love Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid.
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The second book in Hearne's series is well-paced, exciting, and filled with oddball characters. I hope we see more of Malina and her coven in the next book; they are quite intriguing. Recommended to fans of Kelley Armstrong, Zoe Archer, and Gail Carriger. -- lyradora