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Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,668 Ratings  ·  1,974 Reviews
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.

Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kat Kennedy
Sep 06, 2011 Kat Kennedy rated it liked it
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
Dan Schwent
Mar 24, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

Despite a very solid narration by Luke Daniels, I can't seem to muster up enough enthusiasm for this book.

Everything just comes easily for Atticus. He heals in a hot second, he can handle any situation, and he always has a backup plan. For someone who thrives on that "pit in my stomach" feeling of HOW the F with the MC save the say NOW??!?!, like with Harry Dresden or Kate Daniels, Atticus just feels... boring. I'm stopping my series read at this point.
Sep 02, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
In most any American town, one can find a popular all night eatery where a plate of hash browns can be prepared scattered, smothered, covered, chunked etc. Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid chronicles serves up a steaming hot and delicious plate of fun and prepared Hounded, Hexed, Hammered, Tricked etc.

Hearne’s 2011 addition to the Chronicles, check-off list, Hexed, is good as the rest of the series. Iron Druid checklist:

2100-year-old last of the druids – CHECK
Blood sucking vampire lawyer – CHECK
Pack o
Kimberley doruyter
Jan 04, 2016 Kimberley doruyter rated it really liked it
just as good if not a little better then the first one.
now i really want to read the third.
he really can't hold on to his ears;)
Oct 07, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Number 2 in the series and not quite as good as the first one but still a very entertaining book! I love the fact that that Atticus has such great super powers and is practically unbeatable especially with that sword. I love the talking dog and all the laugh aloud moments that this same dog introduces to the story. Comparisons with the Dresden Files are impossible to avoid but who cares when both series are so good. Loved it and now on to the next one and presumably a battle with Thor. ( who I n ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy
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
Aug 20, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it
***Wanda's Summer Festival of Reading Fluff***

Second books are always difficult. How do you live up to the expectations generated by a good first book? Despite the fact that I have given book two the same rating as book one, there were a few disappointments in the second installment.

First, there is not nearly enough of Oberon, the wolfhound. His character made the first book for me and although he features prominently in book two, his page time had been cut down. I miss all his dopey doggy com
Mr. Matt
Jun 17, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2014
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
Nov 01, 2011 Valerie rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Sercan Vatansever
Jun 11, 2015 Sercan Vatansever rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diziye ikinci sezonla devam!
Gerçekten dizi gibi lan. Hani öyle güzel temel ata ata ilerliyor ki yazar... Dizi olsun!
Şimdi, aslında 5 puanlık bir kitap belki ama benden kaynaklı bir sorun vardı. İlk başları ilk kitap kadar iyi gelmedi ama sonra çok iyi toparladı. Gülmekten geberdim ki buna güncellemelerimden şahit oldunuz adfsgh Bir de araya seçimler girince ara vermek zorunda kaldım.

İkinci dünya savaşını cadılardan dinlediğim kısım favorim! Zaten olaylar bir saniye durmuyor. Aksiyon, aksiyon
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 b
Nov 03, 2014 Yodamom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, favorite
This second book in the "Iron Druid Chronicles" series finds Atticus , the last druid, trying to make nice with the a coven of witches. He gets sidetracked by another cover this one he knows from the past, and they want death. Lets not forget he has the Bacchants and Celtic goddesses,leaving him scratched and tired. Oberon, Atticus's Irish wolfhound, steals my heart more than once. There are so many funny moments, my favorite has to do with the Widow...LOL
I am on to the next.
This series is a fast and easy listen. I'm going to continue listening to them but the female characters leave a TON to be desired. Basically every single one of them wants to sleep with the protagonist. Totally believable! /s
Aug 14, 2011 Carol. rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
"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
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Atticus O’Sullivan lives an interesting life. On the surface, he's an ordinary young man, making his living as a New Age book store/tea shop owner in Tempe, Arizona. In actuality, Atticus is a 2100-year-old druid, the last of his kind.

Just weeks after his harrowing run-in with an ancient Celtic god who was trying to kill him, Atticus's life is threatened again -- only this time, the bad guys are a coven of dangerous witches with a dark past, and they're going after his friends too. And as if th
Kat  Hooper
Oct 24, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
Jun 23, 2013 Brad rated it really liked it
Setup from the first novel gave us a slam dunk in the second. I can honestly call myself a new fan of this author. I am already aching to sink my teeth into the third. What I am most pleased about is the well rounded line-up of gods and baddies to do battle with, not that these books are entirely a type of beat-em up fiction. He does a great job with that, but more important is the much better character development. I was already planning ahead for it in the first novel, expecting some great stu ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
Apr 01, 2015 Wiebke (1book1review) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The second book of the Iron Druid series was just as funny as the first one. Storywise it had a lot more action and less story going on, but that was okay.
Mar 10, 2015 valee rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is a really an intriguing series. I'm rating it only with 2 stars because it's just not a series of my liking. While I can appreciate the great writing skills from the author and the interesting world building, I can't help but to find important things missing. I'm a sucker for ROMANCE, and this series HAS NOTHING LIKE IT within. It's sad really, because things would have been way more fascinating with this area better developed.

I was really able to appreciate the main character. I loved h
Robin (Bridge Four)
If you had lived over 2000 years what would you do for fun when you got together with another long lived such as yourself? Why you would of coarse banter in Shakespearean Quotes.

“Dude if that was a Shakespeare quote duel, he just kicked your ass."
“I know, but I slipped in some T.S.Eliot and he didn't even catch it. Hopefully next time I won’t be recovering from an assassination attempt, and then I'll do better.”

Atticus is the last Druid and that seems to cause him no end of trouble. When he i
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
Feb 11, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Jul 27, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caleigh

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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
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
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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.
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Other Books in the Series

The Iron Druid Chronicles (9 books)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
  • Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
  • Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
  • Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #6)
  • Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
  • Untitled (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)

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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.”
“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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