Read-along & #Giveaway: Hexed by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @DelReyBooks #BrillianceAudio @lillian_mccurry #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks

Posted March 31, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 34 Comments


Read-along & #Giveaway: Hexed by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @DelReyBooks #BrillianceAudio @lillian_mccurry #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooksHexed by Kevin Hearne
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 7, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: 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.

What a ride! Hexed by Kevin Hearne is the second adventure in The Iron Druid Chronicles which follows Atticus O’Sullivan, the last iron druid, as he attempts to live a peaceful life in the hills of Arizona. This book picks up not long after the events of book one, Hounded,  so there may be some minor spoilers to that book in this review. Atticus’s former quiet life has been given a new purpose after the events of the last book. A swath of land killed by the overuse of magic requires his care and attention, he’s picked up an apprentice, the witches are asking for a truce, and now a horde of Bacchants has invaded his town.

The story opens a week or so after the events of book one. Atticus is still recovering from his use of magic during the battle, two goddesses are vying for his attention, and now he’s being magically attacked. The question is by whom. The action never stops nor does it get dull. It is constantly moving, constantly flowing. When one thing stops, another takes its place. As a reader, you almost feel badly for Atticus because so much is happening. It’s hard to believe it all occurs over the course of a week!

Like book one though, I was left slightly disappointed in Atticus as a character. I still don’t know him; I didn’t learn anything new either. I did love seeing his interactions with his neighbor, Mrs. MacDonagh, and Granuaile. These characters have come into Atticus’s life at a time when he’s forgotten what it means to be human. He’s spent years blending in, and now he actually cares for someone other than himself. Oberon is still fantastic and my favorite!

Overall, I enjoyed Hexed. The fast pace held my attention, and the set up for the next novel has me intrigued. Highly recommend for fans of urban fantasy.

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The chat will be Sunday, April 2nd

COYER Challenge is adopting our Read-along.  You can read about COYER and join that challenge or just the Facebook community chat HERE.   On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat.   You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.

Here’s your to-do list:

  1. Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them
  2. Read book 3,  Hammered by May 5.
  3. Read book 3.5 A Test of Mettle.  This is set during the events of Hammered from Granuaile’s point of view. Included in print and ebook at the end of the trade paperback edition of Hammered. Audio is included in Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles.
  4. Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
  5. If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
  6. Enter the giveaways!



Who said (enter the answer in the Rafflecopter, don’t put in the comments)

Who said                              “I find the college children delightful. I’d like to have a drink with them, too.”

There are other options in the rafflecopter for you to enter discussion questions and quotes to share.

The quote for Who said “Untrusting. Good to know you’re cautious about some men. ” in Hounded is Oberon.

The villain was Aenghus Óg.

Observations and questions you shared from Hounded:

(Thank you  so much for sharing!)  If you can answer any of these questions, you can do so in a comment.

  • Why did Atticus retrieve the ruby necklace for the witch?
  • Why did the pack allow their doctor to be hurt rather than protecting him? Seems unusual!
  • I love the conversations between Atticus and Oberon.

Quotes you readers shared from Hounded:

“The point is, Mrs. MacDonagh, that the universe is exactly the size that your soul can encompass. Some people live in extremely small worlds, and some live in a world of infinite possibility.”

“She must use that Oil of Olay stuff. I wonder if it would get rid of the wrinkles on a shar-pei?”

“Wow you need to get some sun.”        “Shut up. I’m Irish.”

“Monty Python is like catnip for nerds. Once you get them started quoting it, they are constitutionally incapable of feeling depressed.”

“I thought Sundays were supposed to be relaxing. As a male citizen of America, I’m entitled on Sundays to watch athletic men in tight uniforms ritualistically invade one another’s territory, and while they’re resting I get to be bombarded with commercials about trucks, pizza, beer, and financial services. That’s how it’s supposed to be; that’s the American dream.”


Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!



For US  MP3 audio copy of Hammered ,and for Intl a paperback from Book depository. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)

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Grand-Prize Giveaway:

For a US / Canadian winner, this will be a full set of SIGNED trade paperbacks by Kevin Hearne.

For an Intl winner,  it will be $50 at Book Depository.  The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)

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We are doing one book every 4-5 weeks, posting on Fridays. We will have a review with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends.


Mar 3:    Hounded               –  Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter

Mar 31     Hexed                     –  Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem

May 5:    Hammered           –  Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About

Jun 2:     Tricked                  –  Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

Jul 7:       Trapped                –  Rachel @ Waves of Fiction

Aug 4:      Hunted                 –   KC @ Books of My Heart

Sep 8:     Shattered               –  Berls @ Because Reading

Oct 6:      Staked                     –  Sophia @ Books of My Heart

Nov 3:     Besieged                 –  Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer

Dec 1:       Scourged               –   Anne  @ Books of My Heart  

Dec 17:     Q & A with Kevin Hearne  


About Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

About Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in Canada. Kevin hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling series the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy that begins with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS, and co-author of the Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.

About Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem

My name is Lillian and I am a bookaholic. My addiction started at a young age because of my mom and grandmothers who read to me on a daily basis. It only grew from there as I became obsessed with the Goosebumps and BoxCar Children series. I moved from them to the classics (Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, etc.). Now I read anything I can get my hands on: Young Adult, New Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Historical based fiction and nonfiction alike, and of course I still love the classics. Now I want to pass my love of reading on to my own son and all of you!

The blog started as a dare from my husband in February 2014. I stumbled upon Goodreads and started reviewing the books I read for fun. On average I was writing 2 to 3 reviews a week. So one night while writing a review, my husband said, “Why don’t you just start a blog?” And thus Mom with a Reading Problem was born.

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Posted March 31, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 34 Comments

34 responses to “Read-along & #Giveaway: Hexed by Kevin Hearne

  1. Kate

    This is a re-read for me, and I’m struck by just how much foreshadowing there is in this book. No wonder he didn’t have time to give us much insight on Atticus himself!

    And of course, Oberon still steals the show. He should have all the snacks!

  2. You make a good point about Atticus’s character development… as in, there isn’t much, in either book so far. He’s still the person he was in the last book. Well, I suppos he has changed in one respect over the two books so far: he’s willing to make peace and even work with Malina’s coven, with the appropriate safeguards.

    I have a feeling that dealing with Granuaile is going to have an effect on him in the long run, though.

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  3. Chat today was fun. I loved the comment about Atticus’s brain development and impulse control. What an interesting thought and it would explain a lot! Your point about not really knowing Atticus is interesting. I wish I could go back and remember if I felt the same when I first read it. He’s definitely a character you get to know via his actions.