Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2)

Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2)

by Kevin Hearne

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Overview

BOOK 2 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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.

Don’t miss any of Kevin Hearne’s phenomenal Iron Druid Chronicles novels:
HOUNDED | HEXED | HAMMERED | TRICKED | TRAPPED | HUNTED | SHATTERED | STAKED

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: 49,859
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

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Chapter 1
 
Turns out that when you kill a god, people want to talk to you. Paranormal insurance salesmen with special “godslayer” term life policies. Charlatans with “god-proof” armor and extraplanar safe houses for rent. But, most notably, other gods, who want to first congratulate you on your achievement, second warn you not to try such shenanigans on them, and finally suggest that you try to slay one of their rivals—purely as a shenanigan, of course.
 
Ever since word got around to the various pantheons that I had snuffed not one but two of the Tuatha Dé Danann—and sent the more powerful of the two to the Christian hell—I had been visited by various potentates, heralds, and ambassadors from most of the world’s belief systems. All of them wanted me to leave them alone but pick a fight with someone else, and if I successfully lanced the immortal boil that vexed them, I’d be rewarded beyond my wildest dreams, blah blah barf yak.
 
That reward business was a giant load of shite, as they’d say in the U.K. Brighid, Celtic goddess of poetry, fire, and the forge, had promised to reward me if I killed Aenghus Óg, but I hadn’t heard a word from her in the three weeks since Death carried him off to hell. I’d heard plenty from the rest of the world’s gods, but from my own? Nothing but the chirping of crickets.
 
The Japanese wanted me to mess with the Chinese, and vice versa. The old Russian gods wanted me to stick it to the Hungarians. The Greeks wanted me to knock off their Roman copycats in a bizarre manifestation of self-loathing and internecine jealousy. The weirdest by far were those Easter Island guys, who wanted me to mess around with some rotting totem poles in the Seattle area. But everyone—at least, it sure seemed like everyone—wanted me to slay Thor as soon as I had a free moment. The whole world was tired of his shenanigans, I guess.
 
Foremost among these was my own attorney, Leif Helgarson. He was an old Icelandic vampire who had presumably worshipped Thor at some point in ancient history, but he’d never told me why he now harbored such hatred for him. Leif did some legal work for me, sparred with me regularly to keep my sword arm sharp, and occasionally drank a goblet full of my blood by way of payment.
 
I found him waiting for me on my porch the night after Samhain. It was a cool evening in Tempe, and I was in a good mood after having much to give thanks for. While the American children had busied themselves the night before by trick-or-treating on Halloween, I had paid plenty of attention to the Morrigan and Brighid in my own private ceremonies, and I was thrilled to have an apprentice to teach and to share the night with. Granuaile had returned from North Carolina in time for Samhain, and though the two of us were not much of a Druid’s grove, it was still a better holy night than I had enjoyed in centuries. I was the only real Druid left, and the idea of starting a new grove after such a long time of going it alone had filled me with hope. So when Leif greeted me formally from my front porch as I came home from work, I was perhaps more exuberant in my response than I should have been.
 
“Leif, you spooky bastard, how the hell are ya?” I grinned widely as I braked my bike to a stop. He raised his eyebrows and peered at me down his long Nordic nose, and I realized that he was probably unused to such cavalier address.
 
“I am not a bastard,” he replied archly. “Spooky I will grant you. And while I am well”—a corner of his mouth quirked upward a fraction—“I confess not so jocund as yourself.”
 
“Jocund?” I raised my brows. Leif had asked me in the past to call him on behaviors that broadcast how much older he was than he looked.
 
Apparently he didn’t want to be corrected right then. He exhaled noisily to express his exasperation. I thought it amusing that he employed that, since he had no need to breathe. “Fine,” he said. “Not so jovial, then.”
 
“No one uses those words anymore, Leif, except for old farts like us.” I leaned my bike against the porch rails and mounted the three steps to take a seat next to him. “You really should spend some decent time learning how to blend in. Make it a project. Popular culture is mutating at a much faster rate these days. It’s not like the Middle Ages, when you had the Church and the aristocracy keeping everything nice and stagnant.”
 
“Very well, since you are the verbal acrobat who walks the tightrope of the zeitgeist, educate me. How should I have responded?”
 
“First, get rid of ‘well.’ Nobody uses that anymore either. Now they always say, ‘I’m good.’ ”
 
Leif frowned. “But that is grammatically improper.”
 
“These people don’t care about proper. You can tell them they’re trying to use an adjective as an adverb and they’ll just stare at you like you’re a toad.”
 
“Their educational system has suffered serious setbacks, I see.”
 
“Tell me about it. So what you should have said was, ‘I’m not stoked like you, Atticus, but I’m chill.’ ”
 
“I’m ‘chill’? That means I am well—or good, as you say?”
 
“Correct.”
“But that’s nonsense!” Leif protested.
 
“It’s modern vernacular.” I shrugged. “Date yourself if you want, but if you keep using nineteenth-century diction, people will start to think you’re a spooky bastard.”
 
“They already think that.”
 
“You mean because you only come out at night and you suck their blood?” I said in a tiny, innocent voice.
 
“Precisely,” Leif said, unaffected by my teasing.
 
“No, Leif.” I shook my head in all seriousness. “They don’t figure that out until much later, if they ever figure it out at all. These people think you’re spooky because of the way you talk and the way you behave. They can tell you don’t belong. Believe me, it’s not that you have skin like two-percent milk. Lots of people are scared of skin cancer out here in the Valley of the Sun. It’s once you start talking that people get creeped out. They know you’re old then.”
 
“But I am old, Atticus!”
 
“And I’ve got at least a thousand years on you, or have you forgotten?”
 
He sighed, the weary ancient vampire who had no need for respiration. “No, I have not forgotten.”
 
“Fine. Don’t complain to me about being old. I hang out with these college kids and they have no clue that I’m not one of them. They think my money comes from an inheritance or a trust fund, and they want to have a drink with me.”
 
“I find the college children delightful. I would like to have a drink with them too.”
 
“No, Leif, you want to drink of them, and they can sense that subconsciously because you radiate this predatory aura.”
 
His affectation of a henpecked husband sloughed away and he looked at me sharply. “You told me they can’t sense my aura as you do.”
 
“No, they can’t consciously sense it. But they pick up on your otherness, mostly because you don’t respond like you should or act like a man of your cosmetic age.”
 
“How old do I look?”
 
“Ehh,” I appraised him, looking for wrinkles. “You look like you’re in your late thirties.”
 
“I look that old? I was turned in my late twenties.”
 
“Times were tougher back then.” I shrugged again.
 
“I suppose. I have come to talk to you about those times, if you are free for the span of an hour or so.”
 
“Right,” I replied, rolling my eyes. “Just let me go get my hourglass and my freakin’ smoking jacket. Listen to yourself, Leif! Do you want to blend in or not? The span of an hour? Who says shit like that anymore?”
 
“What’s wrong with that?”
 
“No one is so formal! You could just say ‘if you’re free’ and end it there, though it would have been better to say ‘if you ain’t doin’ nothing.’ 
 
“But I enjoyed the anapestic meter of ‘for the span of an hour’ followed by the iamb—”
 
“Gods Below, you compose your sentences in blank verse? No wonder you can’t carry on a half hour’s conversation with a sorority girl! They’re used to talking with frat boys, not Shakespearean scholars!”
 

 
 It was my Irish wolfhound, Oberon, speaking directly to my mind through the connection we share. He was probably on the other side of the door, listening to us talk. I told Leif to hold on a second as I spoke with him.
 
Yes, Oberon, I’m home. Leif’s out here on the front porch, acting his age.
 

 
You’re a good hound. Want to come hang out with us?
 

 
I have to warn you, it might be boring. He wants to talk about something for a while, and he’s looking particularly grim and Nordic. It might be epic.
 

 
Thanks, buddy. I promise we’ll go for a run when he leaves.
 
I opened the front door and Oberon came bounding out, oblivious to the fact that his wagging tail was delivering steady blows to Leif’s upper arm.
 
 

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Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 303 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me laughing and intrigued!
jthorburn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before I start talking about Hexed, I'd like to take a moment to say how thrilled I am to be contributing to Tynga's fantastic blog. I've been reading Tynga's Reviews for a while and I'm very excited to be able to share my thoughts with all of you. Thanks, Tynga! :)Kevin Hearne is out to be one of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud. I picked up his first book, Hounded, on a whim a little while ago and loved it so much I rushed out to get Hexed just as soon as I finished it. It's hard to talk about Hexed without mentioning some of the plot points from Hounded, but I'll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.Hexed picks up shortly after the end of Hounded, which Tynga reviewed in March. (I completely agree with her thoughts on Hounded -- guess we'll have to see if she agrees with me about Hexed!) Having defeated Aenghus Óg, Atticus finds himself on uncertain ground: After hiding for most of his 2,000+ years, he finally made a stand and now folks are realizing that he just might be a threat, and now all sorts of people want Atticus' help vanquishing their foes. Atticus is able to refuse most of these requests, until Malina, the leader of the local coven, asks him to help defeat a group of Bacchants from Las Vegas, and an evil coven of witches who like to throw around death curses, plus he has to deal with a fallen angel. This all culminates in a lot of action, which is quite satisfying because Kevin Hearne writes action sequences so well. Fights in his books are so clearly described and fast-paced that I feel immersed in the action -- a real treat since combat in other books can be frenetic but unclear.My favourite part of the Iron Druid Chronicles is Atticus himself, particularly his sense of self and his humour. When I first started reading the series, I was worried the books would remind me too much of Mark Del Franco's Connor Grey books since they both focus on druid lore but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly Kevin Hearne distinguished his series from others with quippy male protagonists, like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files or the Connor Grey series, not only with characterization but also with direction and tone. In fact, Atticus has become one of my favourite urban fantasy protagonists. He's so charming and irreverent and loyal to his convictions. Even when things are in the soup, Atticus has these great lines, both in the dialogue and also in the narration.A couple of my favourite spoiler-free lines: "Pop culture is mutating at a much faster rate these days. It's not like the Middle Ages, when you had the Church and the aristocracy keeping everything nice and stagnant." " 'Shield your eyes, then," I said, stepping out of the car and dropping the towel. "Naked Irish Guy." "Aggh! I'm snow-blind!" Hal said.Other things that were great: getting more time with Leif (a 1,000-year-old vampire) and his anachronistic speech patterns; the developing dynamics between Atticus and his apprentice, Granuaile; and, of course, Oberon, Atticus' Irish wolfhound, who continues to provide endearing comic relief. His love of sausages and French poodles is as strong as it was in Hounded, and it's really great to see an animal character with such a happy and smart personality. I also loved the way Atticus interacts with the Morrigan in this novel, and the other bigwigs who show up in his life, trying to get what they want from him. He's got this amazing blend of deference and strength in his dealings with his gods.Finally, I'd like to point out how awesome the cover of Hexed is. I'm a sucker for a fantastic cover and I love how Atticus looks on this one. Atticus looks fierce and he's wielding his trusty sword Fragarach, with his druidic tattoos on full display. I can't wait to see what happens in Hammered.
stefferoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Atticus O¿Sullivan lives an interesting life. On the surface, he's an ordinary young man, making his living as a New Age book store/tea shop owner in Tempe, Arizona. In actuality, Atticus is a 2100-year-old druid, the last of his kind.Just weeks after his harrowing run-in with an ancient Celtic god who was trying to kill him, Atticus's life is threatened again -- only this time, the bad guys are a coven of dangerous witches with a dark past, and they're going after his friends too. And as if that wasn't enough, a fallen angel is eating students at a local high school, Bacchants have come to town to wreak havoc and debauchery, and an angry albeit sexy Celtic goddess is setting fire to his kitchen. What is a druid to do?Hexed is a fun, charming and worthy follow-up to the first book. All the action and humor that made Hounded such a great read is back for this second installment.That said, so are the things I wasn't so keen on. First let me just say that I like the fact that Atticus is different, and that he doesn't act the way you'd think a 2100-year-old protagonist should. Still, for someone so ancient, he remains disappointingly shallow. For the most part, I enjoy his frat boy humor and his attmempts to make light of a situation with references to pop culture, but the old adage "too much of a good thing" comes to mind. The ironic thing is, it starts making Atticus feel less realistic to me and more fabricated. Perhaps when you start acting more modern and cracking more geek jokes than any other contemporary urban fantasy protagonist out there, it might do to dial things down a bit. I for one would love to see more of his millennia old wisdom come through just a little more.The story, while enjoyable, also felt less coherent than the last one. Just like Hounded, Hexed was great in that its plot was made up of multiple threads, each action-packed and interesting in their own way, but it didn't come together as well as I'd hoped. Reading it almost felt like reading three separate short stories that were related, but didn't tie together very smoothly.One thing I did like was seeing more of Atticus's problem solving process. A criticism I had about the last book was how he seemed too powerful to ever be in any real danger, thus removing some of the element of suspense. In Hexed, however, some of his weaknesses came to light. He is still very powerful, but there were more situations in which he found himself with his back against the wall in very real trouble, or needed some help or rescuing from a friend. It shows some of his resourcefulness, and you start to gain an understanding of how he was able to survive and adapt for so long.All in all, a good book and a decent sequel, and I'm looking forward to picking up the third installment. Recommended for fans of urban fantasy who are looking for some fun, light reading.
raboyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doughty DruidThis book gets a steely 5 gnomes out of 5 gnomes for being a superb sequel, having laugh out loud writing, and characters that the reader can truly care about.This series has become one of my top 5 series, I just love so much about it. The characters and story are refreshing because it has characters and themes that are common yet used in unexpected ways. Take religion, if you read this series you will see and hear about a plethora of gods and goddesses from across many cultures. I like that there are all these religious figures still out there in the world but some just appear more often than others.The setting is the same as the previous book and you get to find out even more about the large cast of characters. I liked seeing more of Atticus¿s nighttime lawyer, Leif the vampire and Granuile his new apprentice. The side characters in this book are fleshed out really well. The interactions between Leif and Atticus are great especially when he tries to help him with his word phrasing so he doesn¿t sound as old as he actually is. Granuile (who¿s name I can¿t for the life of me pronounce) is seen more in this book and shown to be quite savvy to all the weirdness of witches, police problems, and learning all manner of information on what druids can do. It would be interesting if Atticus and Granuile had a relationship because you can tell he¿s interested, on the other hand though Atticus has a well known weakness for pretty women and she is technically his student.Many of the best lines in the book are said by Oberon, the Irish wolfhound. Seeing how he and Atticus interact is a lot of fun and also makes me hope that Kevin Hearne never has any plans to kill him off like so many other authors, movies, and TV shows do with beloved pets. I actually found myself tearing up a bit at the point in the book when you find out how old Oberon is and how much Atticus looks out for him.If you thought Atticus had problems in in Hounded then you are in for even more carnage when you read Hexed. There¿s gods, goddesses, good witches, bad witches, a tall priest, a short rabbi, and even more magic and fighting. The book is also chock-full of humor, I actually had to stop reading the book at work because I didn't want people to think I was a weirdo laughing to myself all alone in the library.The endings of this book and the one before it are great because they both end on a funny note. Ending at a funny line or situation is to me much more preferable and unexpected then having a cliffhanger that makes you want to throw the book out the window. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes fantasy, magic, or really stupendous male main characters. I for one am very happy that the third book has been released and plan to read it as soon as possible. I look forward to reading more about Atticus¿s world and whatever else Kevin Hearne writes in the future.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a bit leery at the start since it felt a bit lecture-y on the nature of faith - i.e. there's a whole conversion with the Widow Donahue near the beginning that is supposed to result in having some weapon blessed, but which felt like a discussion of faith and prayer.This lecture-moment passed pretty quickly though and the story was actually a bit more action-packed and a bit faster paced than book one was. I'm not sure Oberon was quite as pithy-funny in this book, but there are humorous comments throughout the story which lighten the mood a bit. It's chock full of mythical/religious references which make the story seem authentic (yeah, I know it's fantasy, but still, this makes it feel very realistic).Overall, it's as good as the first in the series, and I'm starting book three now since I can't wait to find out how Atticus is going to fulfill his obligations.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Iron Druid Chronicles begins three weeks after Hounded ends. Demons released by the bad witches in the last book need to be dealt with, a group of Bacchants come to town wanting to take over the territory, as do a group of demon-casting German witches who announce their presence by trying to kill Atticus using a spell from afar. The police have become suspicious of Atticus as he matches the description of a guy with a sword at different scenes, and a priest and rabbi are getting way too noisy. If that weren¿t enough, two goddesses want to claim Atticus as their own personal weapon.The only Druid left in the world, all he wants to do is live a quiet life under the radar, grow the herbs he sells in his store, train his new apprentice and heal the large area of earth that was destroyed in the fighting from the last book. But demands from the coven of local Polish witches as well as Coyote, have him fighting to take out the escaped demons and destroy the others that have come to town to cause harm. And he¿s being bombarded with requests to take out Thor.There¿s plenty of action, humor, negotiations, myth, history and even his hospitality is loaded with political fencing. I¿ve got a better appreciation for his new apprentice, Granuaile as she proves to be quick thinking. And of course Oberon, Atticus¿ telepathic dog, gives us more comic relief as well as show us how much respect Atticus has for his dog¿s feelings and happiness.What I like most about Atticus is that he¿s so earth based. His relationship and responsibility to nature make Atticus a large part of who he is. Having 2100 years of experience, I find his reasoning, manners and maneuvering when dealing with others in positions of power to be both clever and savvy while remaining respectful. His philosophy speaks to me. The mythology covers a number of different pantheons and the history in this book deals with WWII.The only thing that could have made this a better book for me is if there had been a little more down time. Most of that involves being connected to the earth to heal. He is trying to teach his vampire lawyer, Leif, to change his old-world formal speech pattern to blend in better and does get in a small visit with Mrs MacDonagh, the only non-magical person who knows what he is. But other than that if he isn¿t ramping up energy and protection spells, negotiating, playing politics while being a host, being hounded by the police or the clergy, for the most part he¿s fighting. It can be a little exhausting, although the humor helps a great deal.On the other hand the story wouldn¿t be as exciting if there was more down time.The third book, Hammered, will be released in July.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again The last Druid, Atticus O'Sullivan, is out and about Tempe, Arizona, protecting it from magical opponents. I enjoyed this one more than the first book in what appears to be a promising new series. This time there is a coven of witches involved, some on his side, some on the side of the demons. Oberon, his trusty Irish Wolfhound sidekick, and Granuoile, his apprentice, have their parts to play, as well.Enjoyable romp.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second book in the Iron Druid Chronicles picks up right where [Hounded] left off, at the same break-neck pace. Keeps up the standards of the first book (though I'm still hoping for greater depth in the books to come!)
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Hearne. The third book Hammered released earlier this week. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was extremely well done. I really enjoyed this story and am so excited that this book was just as good as (if not better) than the first book.Atticus would just like to get back to healing the land that was damaged in the first book, Hounded, but it is not to be. He is attacked by witches but it is not the coven he is used too; some evil witches have comes to town and they want Atticus dead. Before hunting witches though Atticus has to sign a treaty with the local coven, then hunt random demons attacking the populace. Of course a druid's work is never done and now he has some crazy Maenads to take care of too.This book was awesome! It is hilarious, very well written, has a great plot that weaves together a lot of different story elements, and was very hard to put down. This is one of those rare urban fantasies that balances character development, action, plot, and world-building just perfectly. Oberon, as Atticus's hound, continues to be an excellent character. It was great to meet the good witches in more detail and to spend more time with Atticus's apprentice. I really enjoy how many mythologies and religions are woven into this story. The repercussions of the last book aren't the main focus of this story but they continue to be a part of the story and some of the things that result are interesting to say the least.Things are wrapped up nicely in this book but you can tell that all of this is building to a confrontation between Atticus and Thor which makes me really really want to read the next book Hammered ASAP. I already downloaded the audio book, so now I just need time to start reading it!Overall just a wonderful addition to what is shaping up to be a spectacular series. If you are a fan of The Dresden Files, Kate Daniels, or any other urban fantasy laced with humor you have got to check this series out! I can't wait to read future books in this series :-)
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bought for myselfOverall Rating 4.25Audio Rating 4.50Story Rating 4.00Humor Rating 4.25NOTE: Hexed is the 2nd book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. I am going out on a limb to say this is probably one of the funniest series I have ever read. I highly recommend the audio version as Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration.What I Loved: Lief---seriously the last few chapters when the vampire tried to become hip had me in stitches. Oberon is still the world's greatest dog and his moments were just as fun. Atticus had his hands full with witches in this installment and that added an interesting array of characters. There were a few very emotional moments which balanced out the lighter moments in a way I did not expect.What I Liked: Many of the side characters that were in the first book, Hounded, reappeared in this book. They really added a wide array of personalities and made the story "pop" with layers that I did not expect. I liked that Atticus is extremely loyal to those that he counts among his friends. There were many moments that I was cheering for the bad guys to go down (channeling a little Oberon there--or at least how I think he would say it)!Complaints: noneWhy I gave it a 4.25: This was a fun addition to an already fun series. I would recommend Hexed to anyone who reads Fantasy books and even those that don't. Please, if you can, get it on audio--YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
michaeldreed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps not as good as his first book in the series (Hounded), Hexed follows the Iron Druid against a new supernatural threat in a coven of witches from Europe. The book is very well-written, full of humor, action, and intrigue, but many of the characters rang shallow. The author mentions that this tome was written in 5 months, and perhaps another run through the polishing cycle would have improved it to flesh out the story and characters, adding color that wasn't a happy accident of geography.
mbg0312 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
mediocre urban fantasy, action genre. Think Jim Butcher, but not quite as good. The first one was much more interesting for me. This one came off as much more quickly tossed off and less thought through on pacing, character and scene levels.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old Druid, is masquerading as a 21-year-old bookshop owner in Tempe, Arizona. He can't catch a break. First, he had to deal with a few angry gods from his own pantheon. Now, as he's finally reached an uneasy alliance with a local group of Polish witches, something of a witch epidemic hits Phoenix. These newcomers want to rule the turf, and they are an especially nasty sort who happen to be bearing demonic babies. Oh, and they tried to kill Atticus back in World War II. It's time for the Druid to clean up the neighborhood-again.This second book is just as fun as the first one. The pace is rapid with near-constant action and wit; some might argue it's too much wit, but I loved it. It reminds me of Firefly but with a Druid and deities/creatures of all pantheons clamoring for attention. And hey, I love a book that speaks to me at my level, dropping mentions of Star Wars, Shakespeare, and Chun-Li of Street Fighter. Atticus's dog Oberon is still a joy, though doesn't steal the show quite so much... which isn't a bad thing, as the supporting characters sparkle with life and deserve more attention. It's just plain a fun read.
coachsully on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This 2nd book of the Druid Chronicles entertained me more than the first. The humor is much more subtle than the first book and O'Sullivan is a bit more likable. The only thing that stunts my enjoyment a bit is his never ending skills and friends that he uses when he battles his enemies. I don't foresee any future fight that he can possibly lose. In this case, his antagonists are a bunch of Nazi witches and he handles them with relative ease.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Iron Druid books are romps through varieties of magic set in Tempe, Arizona and featuring Atticus, a centuries old Irish Druid who lives with his dog Oberon and would simply like to have a nice life. In the second book of the series, Atticus must work with a local coven of witches to take on another coven and prevent them from summoning demons to earth. The plot is fast moving and the writing is smart and witty. If you enjoy the October Daye, Kitty Vaughn or Dresden Files' books then I recommend adding this series to your list of to reads.
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the narration of this book and did not finish the book. I stopped around chapter 13 or so. Positives: The narration is decent. I liked the inclusion of Coyote. I think he is a great character. I enjoy his presence in other books by other authors, this one was not an exception. Atticus and Oberon are mildly entertaining. The scene where Oberon talks to Atticus about life and death and Atticus tells the readers that he has been artificially prolonging Oberon¿s life was very moving. This was the best scene in the two books I read in this series. Ultimately, this series is just not for me. I love urban fantasy and fantasy books. I enjoy male authored and male point of view books, but for me this book missed the mark. I am clearly in the minority. Okay, on to the rest of my review: I thought this book suffered from the same issues I had with book #1: no emotional connection with Atticus, low cost to using his magic, everything comes easy for him. here is my review for #1. I am not going to go into a lot of detail about this book, but here are some scenes that irritated me: The scene in the beginning where his assistant answers the door scantily clad is just beyond silly. First, no woman who was not purposely trying to entice would answer the door dressed like that. Let me make it clear -- I have no problems with purposely trying to entice, titillating scenes or scantily clad women. It was the delivery of this scene I thought was off. Once Atticus is conversing with her, his apprentice is apparantly clueless as to the affect of her near nakedness and continues to wonder out loud why Atticus is uncomfortable and looking up in the air? Umm, any woman knows immediately when a man is reacting to her appearance in such an obvious way! Sorry Kevin Hearne, women don¿t answer the door dressed like that generally and usually don¿t go to bed wearing such an outfit unless there is a specific man present they want to please. I hope this doesn¿t disappoint you too much. I know the general style of humor he was attempting here -- oblivious sexy woman doesn't understand her effect on man, walks around in sexy nighties just waiting to answer the door for men who ring it. I just thought it was not very believable. And because of that I couldn't enjoy it. Atticus verbally attacks a teacher who calls out and wonders what is going on, no animosity in her voice ¿ he is fighting a demon near the school. Atticus then proceeds -- out of nowhere and completely disconnected with the scene ¿ to attack the teacher for not teaching the children English well enough. So here we have someone he apparently does not know, we have had no information or discussion of poorly prepared students in the subject of English presented in this book thus far. Then Atticus says to himself, ¿I need to shut up and stop taking my frustrations out on this poor frumpy lady who probably never gets laid.¿ Huh? Just random attacking of teachers based on assumptions, criticizing their appearance and then making assumptions that they don¿t have sex because her appearance is not pleasing to him? I really don¿t have a problem with ¿frumpy¿ as a description, but when it is contrasted with how he describes almost every other woman in the story and we don¿t get to know anything else about her appearance (mousy limp hair maybe? Don¿t know, not in the description. Slack ill fitting clothes? Don¿t know, not in the description. All he says is ¿frumpy¿ which I guess means he doesn¿t want to have sex with her and thus he assumes she is not getting laid very often, because you know if Atticus doesn¿t want her she isn¿t getting any. What if she has a husband or wife somewhere she has spent her life with? I know I am getting deep here and humor was intended. I just don¿t think it is funny to make jokes about innocent bystander's appearance. It really rubs me the wrong way.) I know the humor he was going for, but it just came off the wrong way. I think that if he also described men as frum
LeanneSF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great sequel to the first book, Hounded, in the Iron Druid series. Atticus must deal with the aftermath of killing a god, as well as the advent of a malicious witch coven. Hearne continues with the witty dialogue and non-stop action. Fans of the first book will not be disappointed.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this one but not as much as the first book in the series. This one really falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me but I have decided to go ahead and round up. I was really excited to get back to the series after enjoying the first book in the series. This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order since this book picks up shortly after the events of the previous installment. This ended up being another enjoyable listen. One of the things that I loved the most about the first book was the characters. I was really happy to see all of the key players back for this installment in the series. There were a few new characters that were rather impressive as well. I really like Atticus. He is incredibly patient and able to determine the best course of action in most situations. I love that he has adapted to the present time better than most of the other that have lived a very long time. Oberon is such a wonderful character and anytime he was a part of a scene I usually had a big grin on my face. This book has all of the excitement that I had hoped to see. Atticus has to team with the local witch coven when bad things start happening. Atticus has several problems that he is juggling during the story and somehow he makes it all seem easy. This book balanced the action very nicely against some of the lighter moments in the book. Luke Daniels continues to do a fantastic job with the narration of this series. He does such a great job with all of the character voices and adds a lot of emotion to story. His portrayal of Oberon is simply outstanding. I couldn't imagine an intelligent Wolfhound sounding any other way. I had not problem listening to this one for hours at a time. I would recommend this series to others. It is a very unique series that contains the perfect combination of humor, action, and thought provoking mystery. I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series.