Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne ★★★★

Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Celtic mythology, male protagonist, vampires, fae, magic)
Series: Book two in The Iron Druid Chronicles
Original Language: English
Publisher: Del Ray
Country: United States
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
ISBN: 978-0345522498
Page Count: 320
My Review: ★★★★

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


This was a great second instalment to this exciting new series. Just as strong as the first, if not stronger.

The storyline focuses mainly on the witches this time. Atticus hasn't survived two millennia by being overly trusting, and when he's approached by the local witch coven to sign a "play nice" treaty, he's dubious to say the least. It seems that the witch coven, who call themselves The Sisters of the Three Auroras, has recently been attacked and lost one of their own. Malina, the head of the coven, wants Atticus to help hunt down some German witches known as the Daughters of the Third House, as well as fight off Bacchants, rogue demons...you know, just the usual.

There are great action sequences to be found, some laugh-out-loud funny lines (cue Oberon, the mind-talking dog), and great mythological elements. Kevin Hearne is excellent (and I mean EXCELLENT) at incorporating myth and legend into these modern tales. Atticus as a character is an example of this perfect blend of old and new in that he is an ancient druid with all the wisdom, knowledge and experience that that entails, yet can do an impression of a teenage student stoner like the best of them. I'm mean, like, todally dude!

Oberon still steals the show for me in these books, and if I'm honest, I would still prefer Atticus to form some closer relationships (with someone other than Oberon, that is) as I mentioned in my review for Hounded. Maybe his new apprentice could fill the role if he'd let her? She seems to think he's got a nice bum....that's a start, right?

I'm greatly looking forward to the next one: Hammered. And happily, three more books have been announced for this series: Tricked in May 2012, Trapped in December 2012, and Hunted sometime in 2013. Yay!

This is my favourite cover thus far. I'm loving the tattoos on the forearm there. Very cool.

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