Hexed 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
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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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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:
- Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them
- Read book 3, Hammered by May 5.
- 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.
- Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
- 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.
- 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.”
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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!)
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
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