Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
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Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2)

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BOOK 2 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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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 ju...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kat Kennedy
I was hesitant to bring this up in my last review because I thought it was just me - I thought I was reading too much into these novels. But I don't think so anymore and the issue is ruining my enjoyment of an otherwise good series.

You see, this series is terribly sexist - yet it's all so subversive that it was hard to pin at first.

There are many, many female characters. Normally, I'd consider this a good thing.

However we can effectively separate them into categories.

Harmless, likable and a sex...more
Dan Schwent
When Tempe's witch population booms, Atticus O'Sullivan is forced to make peace with the members of the former coven and join forces with them to drive the newcomers out of town. But what other deals will he have to make to see his task through to the end?

Hexed is the second volume in the Iron Druid Chronicles and nearly as good as the first. Witches following Bacchus roll into town from Vegas and start shaking things up. Throw in Coyote, Atticus' new apprentice, and some mop from the previous b...more
Regina
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Mr. Matt
Atticus and Oberon are back! This book picks up immediately after the first volume, Hounded. Atticus, his dog, and his new apprentice are trying to resume their peaceful, quiet life when, out of the blue, he is attacked by a coven of diabolical German witches. To make matters worse a group of Bacchants are descending on the town from Las Vegas. It turns out that killing all those witches at the end of the last book created a bit of a power vacuum. Atticus must either get out of town or fill the...more
Rane
Falling in love with Hounded - I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next in this series Hexed, with much of the plot and weakness smoothed out very nicely, Hexed kept everything that was great about Hounded there by grew great from it and made the series even better!

After Atticus finally defeats his long time nemesis Aenghus Og, he thought he get a nice break, of course that’s so not the case for our last druid! Not only does he almost get killed by a long distance magic attack by a new cove...more
Killer Rabbit
Casting Call for The Iron Druid
This series is about a Druid who is everything that I wanted Harry Dresden to be. Funny, hip, mellow, and most of all...not a whiner. Bonus points for the fact that Atticus also seems to have embraced The Way of the Nerd. At the moment, I'm rooting for Simon Pegg to be cast as Atticus. (But I'm open to other suggestions.)

What? You're unsatisfied with this review because I failed to sum up the plot of this book? Huh. I thought that was the job of the blurb. ;)
Valerie
I'd like to think I tolerated a lot. Atticus' Gary-Stuness, his talent of getting away from danger every single time, the fact that an omg scarily powerful!!!! fallen angel was no match for him (and oh hey, it pierced his side to the point where he felt the claws "scrape by his ribs" - and after the battle was finished, all he had was a "flesh wound"). The veiled sexism (covered very well in this review, which gave me a Bad Feeling before starting this): every woman is introduced by how attracti...more
Rob
Executive Summary: More of the same. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll likely enjoy this one. If like me you were kind of so-so on the first one, you may feel the same way here as well.

Audio book: Mr. Daniels once again does a decent job. I think I've gotten used to his normal reading voice such that it didn't bother me in this book. He again does a few accents and voices, including his excellent take on Oberon.

Full Review
I wasn't really planning on jumping further into this series after be...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Aug 14, 2011 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of action-oriented urban fantasy
I'm enjoying the Iron Druid series and feel Hexed lives up to the promise of Hounded. I find them both to be fast, engaging reads, with a host of interesting characters, from the main ones to the minors. Hexed has a load of action, perhaps too much, but it's largely appropriate, as a couple conflicts are fall-out from Hounded, and the new one involves an invading witch group. I enjoy the complexity of Atticus, from his seemingly extreme distrust of witches, to his committed friendship with his w...more
Kelly
"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 “godproof” 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."

It’s been three weeks since Atticus O’Sullivan slew...more
Laura Lulu
I am really liking this series. Lots of action and humor, and the characters we met in the first book get more fleshed out in this one.

I love Atticus, he's just a guy, and it's nice reading a male character written by a man. Fills a little bit of the void waiting for the next Harry Dresden. And I love how his power is earth based--his appreciation and respect for the earth warms me. Such a beautiful, natural power.

And Oberon, the wolfhound, is still a funny kick in the ass--Jim the demon dog d...more
Crowinator
There's a lot to like about this series -- the unique way all religions/mythologies co-exist and interact, the witty humor and pop culture references that give Atticus' narrative a light touch, the neat Druid magic, Granuaile and Oberon, the widow MacDonagh, the lawyers. On the other hand, Atticus is a little too smug and in love with himself, and despite being beat all to hell every couple pages, he's so resilient, protected, and powerful that there's isn't any suspense during the battle scenes...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Usually, after a hero slays the bad guy in his first book, he gets a break. But not Atticus O’Sullivan. He knew this would happen, too, which is part of the reason he would have preferred to leave Aenghus Óg alone, if he could have. But now he’s done it and, sure enough, there are consequences — everyone knows where he is and everyone wants a piece of him. Suddenly, Tempe Arizona is full of paranormals, most notably a coven of East European witches who fou...more
Laurel
Everything you may have enjoyed about Hounded is present in Hexed, but perhaps slightly better. Mr. Hearne has hit his stride, and I for one am extremely anxious to read the next book in this series! And the next, and the next...
Ranting Dragon
http://www.rantingdragon.com/hexed-th...


Kevin Hearne’s Hexed follows hot on the heels of Hounded, the first book in Hearne’s urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Only a few weeks after Atticus’s showdown with Aenghus Og, Atticus is already mired in the affairs of warring Polish and German witches, rogue demons, Bacchants from Las Vegas, and the first Druid initiate in centuries. He has also developed a sudden (and unfortunate) reputation among all world mythologies as a badass god-ki...more
Wendy F
This book is gravy baby!

Okay, I had to. Actually, through most of the first half of this installment I was nervous because I just wasn't enjoying it quite as much as the first one. Except somewhere just after halfway through I started busting out laughing. Sure there were great Oberon moments, but the cool part was there were alot of funny moments with others too. And in the end this one had a much better plot then the first, in my humble opinion. Perhaps it's because I like reading about witche...more
Anoolka
It's so weird. I should love this book. It's original, mixes up a lot of different mythologies (which I love), has plenty of intersting characters, most of them women, even. And yet, the more I read the more, sadly, annoyed I get. I told myself to just ignore it. I liked the first one and hoped I've finally found a book by a male author that I can read in relative peace - without having male blindness to privilage or sexism shoved into my face. I gave up on a lot of writers because I didn't want...more
Bridget
A good follow up to Hounded (the first book in this series). Go in expecting just another light entertainment romp from our favorite 2100 year old Druid & his crazy friends (Irish wolf hound, vampire attorney (how appropriate), gods & witches etc) & you shouldn't be disappointed. The only annoying part was when our Druid hero Atticus tried to speak in the same vernacular as the god, Coyote, which was kind of a laconic drawl, but easily overlooked for the quick, fun read factor. I'll...more
Neil Hepworth
Remember that awesome N64 game, Super Smash Bros? Remember how Nintendo took its entire pantheon of characters and made them fight? And how you wasted many a long and late night smashing the crap out of your friends? And it was awesome. And then, tired and ragged, your mom drug you to 8 AM church where the pastor’s words blended together, and suddenly you had visions of Donkey Kong brawling with Moses at Princess Peach’s Castle? Remember all that? Well, so did Kevin Hearne, but apparently Kevin...more
Julie
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Hexed is the second book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles and boy, is it awesome! I can’t get over the characters he’s created and the world they live in. And how smart and clever this series is!

Okay, honestly, Kevin didn’t create many of the character. The Morrigan, Coyote, the Virgin Mary and such were not originally written by him, but the spin he puts to them is new. They read like new characters and I love it. His idea of writing that...more
J.M.
Several folks have written up some great reviews (such as Kat Hooper and The Ranting Dragon) covering just how I feel about this book, so instead of a review, I'm going to just share a snippet or two that illustrate why I love the "Iron Druid Chronicles":

While I was worrying about someone else's ass besides my own, one of the witches snuck up on me and delivered a sucker punch to my jaw, in the fashion of Pantera's album cover for Vulgar Display of Power.

I knew exactly what Hearne meant by this....more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/06/...

Poor Atticus. After the epic battle in Hounded, he just wants to train his new apprentice and tend his Druid grove in peace, but it’s just not in the cards. He’s still cleaning up the demon mess left behind by that battle, and that’s not all. Atticus is asked, by the local witch coven, to take down a group of Bacchants that threaten to turn their patch of Arizona into a seething den of iniquity. He’s also got his Viking va...more
Michael
Following up on the success of "Hounded," Kevin Hearne offers the second installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles.

The good news is that everyone I enjoyed from the first novel is back. After dispatching with a god in the past book, Atticus might think he's entitled to a bit of a breather. It's too bad the rest of the supernatural world doesn't agree with him. His vampire lawyer wants him to take out Thor, there's a new Bacchus cult running around town and then there's the matter of Atticus being...more
Danny
I'm sad soooo sad! Why? Because the minute this book ended I wanted more. It is addicting!
As I said already in the first review, this series took me so by surprise and left me speechless with it's awesomeness. I mean, take a 2100 year old druid and out him in a modern world, make him sound like a normal college boy, give him sex appeal - a dog only he can talk to and some mad sword fighting skills and voila!

Atticus mastered over the millennia in adjusting, not standing out and this is oh so fu...more
Felicia
Bought for myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Audio Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.00
Humor Rating 4.25

Sorry Melissa but this is a SNORT Club Member Book!
Snort Club!

NOTE: 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....more
Jim
Another fun read, actually better than the first since we didn't have so much back story to deal with. I like Oberon. A bit over done, but that's part of the fun.

As urban fantasies go, this one is a bit different from most I've read lately. While it has some kick-ass girls, vamps, werewolves & such in it, the guy is a very good, quite human one for all his age & powers. This one, as the title suggests, concentrates more on witches & he brings a lot of interesting lore to the table.
Stacia (out of inspiration)
3.5 stars. I rounded up because the second half of the book was great, but I struggled a bit with the first half. At first, I felt like some of the magic had been lost for me, but thankfully, the feeling didn't last. It just took longer for me to feel the magic this time around.
Maggie
Atticus is my dream man, ok? Always quoting Shakespeare, beating down Nazi witches, & chillin w/ Nordic vampires. \m/
Cathy  Keaton
My favorite Adult read of 2011.

Okay, I'm pretty sure I cracked a rib laughing through this one, since I can feel the pain in my right side. This book went to epic levels of hilarity, and I could not—NOT put it down. That, for me, is saying a lot, because I usually have no trouble putting a book down and doing other stuff. But, not with Hexed. Atticus put a binding spell on my copy, so when I started to read it, I could only get about 10 feet from it before I found myself right back at the booksh...more
Lori McD
3.5 - 4 stars

OK, so I read a few of the reviews of this book accusing Mr. Hearne and Atticus of being misogynistic. Hmmm... These books are FANTASY and they're FUN. They're about gods and witches and the whole paranormal realm, for heaven's sakes! Ever hear of a god in mythology that wasn't capricious? Ever hear of a god who didn't use his/her attributes (including sex) to advantage? Of course not!

Not all the women are objects. Rebecca Dane, Atticus' other female employee isn't described as a se...more
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Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that's book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.
More about Kevin Hearne...
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“My neighbor raised a shaking index finger to point at the saguaro. "That moving cactus...and the big bug...and you, you spooky bastard. What are you?

I stuffed my hands in my pockets and grinned winningly at him. "Why, I'm the Antichrist, of course.”
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“Oh. Oberon looked at me. I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I'll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn't said a thing.

Thanks, buddy, I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans.

See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.”
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