Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne

Book: Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne
Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Mythology, Witches, Shapeshifters, Vampires
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.
Buy It: Amazon
Previous Book(s): My review of Hounded

Review: Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, knows better than most that witches aren't trustworthy and usually mean trouble. So when he finds himself under magical attack there's no reason not to suspect it's the doings of the local witches despite the nonaggression treaty they have in the works. It turns out things are much more complicated because said local witches were attacked as well and lost one of their own. Malina needs Atticus to hunt down the new witches in town who seem very familiar to him while somehow finding time to fight off Bacchants, rogue demons, as well as a tall priest and a short rabbi.
I adore Atticus and everything but I've really come to love many of the minor characters. I was so excited that they all made reappearances in Hexed even though some of them that I'd previously liked showed some pretty nasty colors. I like how every aspect of the book is ever evolving. The minor characters are never just hanging around backstage waiting for Atticus to call on them. They're all active and changing. Even the less than desirable changes in a few characters was enjoyable to see because it made them even more realistic.
I love that things briefly mentioned in Hounded made an appearance in Hexed. I'll have to pay closer attention to see what pops up from Hounded and Hexed in Hammered and any later books. It's really important to me when reading a series that the books tie together and don't feel like separate stories with the only thing in common being the same characters. That's often why I read series novels back to back because I want that one experience and amazing extended immersion. The Iron Druid Chronicles thus far, while I have read them back to back, are truly a series and not just Law & Order episodes. I've read them back to back solely because I need to, I'm chomping at the bit to know what happens next and if I attempted reading anything else, I wouldn't be able to give it my full focus. Reading Hammered (book three) was day three of my own personal Iron Druid Chronicles marathon. I'm already going crazy now that I have to wait for books.
Overall I thought this was a wonderful followup from Hounded. I loved every aspect of Hexed even more than the first, other than the continued manwhoring of course. Although I have to admit that I found it at least a little interesting because it's a fairly unique hero character trait. There was more history and pop culture in this one that I noticed, and picked up on anyway, which I always find fun. I'm so glad this was continued from the previous book. And why I honestly give this book the best rating, Oberon continued to be nothing more than amazing.

Quotes & Thoughts as I Read:
  • “There are many reasons why I require your aid, and many reasons why you should agree to help me, but those can wait a few moments. Here is the short version,” he said, opening his eyes and turning to look at me. “I want you to help me kill Thor.” No! Not Chris Hemsworth, anyone but him! That aside, I love all of the hatred directed towards Thor in this series, it's hilarious. I can't accept Thor as a god though. He's an avenger, duh.
  • Baseball! Must think of baseball. Not the curve of her... curveball! Randy Johnson has a wicked slider too. Oh, how I would love to slide— My only problem with Atticus is that he's a manwhore and while I like the female characters, I don't like them as much when they're with him. I like there to be a set couple and I don't see one here unless it's Granuaile but I find that totally creepy since they're playing student and teacher.
  • “Oh, and Atticus me boy?” “Yes, Mrs. MacDonagh?” “Maybe ye should wear a helmet this time,” she teased me, “in case the demon wants to nibble on yer nose or something.” Not sure if it's purposeful since there's tons of pop culture/history references but Atticus's ear reminds me of George (Harry Potter) and it makes me teary.
  • «can I talk now?» Sure, Oberon. What’s up? «usually I think your paranoia is really funny. But right now I’m just glad you told me where to stand so that I didn’t get set on fire by She of the Violent Mood Swings.» He reared up and put both his paws on my shoulders and gave me a sloppy lick in the face. «Thanks, Atticus.» Often in movies and books I don't cry when the people die but I blubber like crazy when an animal does. Because Oberon is so fleshed out, I'd probably have a meltdown if anything happened to him. And then go on a rampage. Watch out Kevin Hearne, I'm keeping my beady little eye on you.
  • “Ah, it’s your job that makes you act like such an asskitten. I get it now. You think you’re one of the good guys and I’m one of the bad guys.” Um. New favorite word. Asskitten is the new black.
  • I landed on the widow’s porch, screeching to get her attention, and her eyes widened. I unbound myself and remembered to cover my goodies just in time. The widow smiled widely and cackled. “Whoo-hoo, Atticus, have ye come to give me a show? I think I have a couple of dollars in me purse inside.” Atticus has the best friends! I simply adore them. It's rare in urban fantasy to see not only a human friends but an elderly one.
  • “The gods damn you, look what you’ve done!” I cried as she fumbled with her second clip and I charged, drawing Fragarach. “If I want to grow this back I’ll have to endure the most terrifying sex imaginable! Gaahhhhh!” I love Hearne's action scenes. Perfect blend of action, violence, dialogue and wit. Best part is that I can always tell what's going on.

Rating: 5 Bites

28 comments:

  1. i havent heard of these books before they look so good!

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  2. I just ordered the first book in this series the other day. I can't wait to read it! I loveeeeee the covers and the story looks great too!

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  3. Haha! Asskitten! What an original word:) I've read many positive reviews for Hounded, which as made me want to pick up the book, but after reading this review of Hexed, I can see that I will need to get all three books at once so that I'm not left in suspense at the end of books 1 and 2. Great review!

    Sarah
    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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  4. I soo need all ofthese after reading this review u sold me on the series

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  5. If I want to grow this back I’ll have to endure the most terrifying sex imaginable! Gaahhhhh!

    This is my favourite quote so far from the series.

    In the first book, I was like 'Oh yea, Morrigan, do him!' And then when she actually had sex with him, I was like, 'No! You crazy woman who has BDSM tendencies! Don't touch Atticus!' Lol!

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