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Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2 | [Kevin Hearne]

Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

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, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.
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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.

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    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-30-11
    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"

    Authors often use Celtic/Druidic/Pagan ideas, beliefs and characters in their writing as merely functions for a broader story manipulation, paying no attention to the actual mythological history of these characters and concepts. Mr. Hearne is one of only two authors I have discovered who has succeeded in bringing these elements together with authenticity, humor and plain ol’ excellent writing. (I guess that’s what happens when you have a degree in English Education!) And hats off to Luke Daniels for almost perfect pronunciation of those almost impossible-to-pronounce Irish names!

    Speaking of Mr. Daniels, his dexterity with dialect is delicious. Through the first two books in this series, he accomplishes Irish (Southern), Tamil, Polish, Russian, American South Western, Scandinavian, “Dude”-ian, and Dog! I don’t know that there has been such a good of a match between author and reader since Jim Butcher and James Marsters.

    This would be a mildly entertaining story if not for Mr. Hearne’s exquisite sense of humor. As it is, the book (and series) is an extremely effective, enjoyable, addictive and yes, entertaining, experience. There is a scene in this book where Oberon is trying to impress Atticus with his use of language in order to get a treat. It is brilliantly written and brilliantly performed, and I can’t remember the last time – outside of actual live theatre – that I have been so tickled with hysterics. It is classic, intelligently written, and truly comedic – an almost impossible task that has been achieved by Mr. Hearne. Two other humor points to mention: what Oberon learns from the story of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and the author’s hysterical use of the word “ass” in many different contexts, will be burned in my Funny Bone Memory forever.

    The last time a book made me randomly and breathlessly burst with laughter was David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Expect the same thing to happen with you with this book.

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11
    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "These Are The Druids You're Looking For."

    Looking for the perfect mix of humor and thrills with a twist? These are the Druids your looking for. Hexed and Hounded don't disappoint.

    Hexed, the sophomore edition of The Iron Druid Chronicles, is nonstop fun and excitement. Atticus O'Sullivan is a modern day druid, the last of his kind. And lately the crazies have been coming out the woodwork. You would think that defeating a couple of Celtic Gods, exorcising a few demons, and killing half a coven of witches would earn a guy some R&R. Think again. Tempting Tempe, Atticus' little Arizonian oasis is starting to look ripe for the picking to some pretty nasty supernaturals.

    A brood of German witches kick off the shenanigans by trying to curse O'Sullivan and the local coven. The murderous attempt is quickly followed up by a demonic straggler left behind by Aenghus Óg. Hearne keeps the pace swift with a visit from Coyote, who informs Atticus of a fallen angel preying on some very unfortunate high school students. Then there are the clergymen snooping around his bookstore, and the cops that just won't go away. But the honey-do list just keeps getting longer since some sin city Bacchants are in town and ready to throw down. Let's Party.

    It would be simpler to cut and run, but Atticus has decided that Tempe is home, and he has an obligation to heal the land his prior nemisis destroyed. He's going to have to get help from some familiar characters and strike a few ill advised bargains to get through the nine circles of hellion relatively unscathed, though not unmolested. By the end you'll be wondering which battle was more brutal, golems and demon spawn filled witches, or a tussle in the sack with the Morrigan.

    Hexed like Hounded was a witty well written book. There were some serious storylines happening here that could have easily gotten confusing. But Hearne's clever writing allowed for clarity while navigating through the fast-pasted and complex threads. I highly recommend the audio version of this book. The narrator , Luke Daniels, is excellent. Daniels does all the accents spot on, and must be a linguist with how well he speaks all the foreign languages. He really brings the words and characters to life. I think Hearne's biggest strength is the diversity and knowledge in the cultures and supernatural beings. The books seem well researched and work well together.

    Maybe it's just me, but I find the succession of this series each consecutive month refreshing. A throwback to the serials of not so long ago. Yet, because they're so good, I swear the wait is still excruciating. Keep Them Coming Kevin.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-02-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great fun"

    Even more cheeky, funnier and enjoyable than the first book. I was listening to this on the train and I almost lol'ed! Did I mention this series also has a Viking vampire and werewolf lawyers? I mean what is not to like?

    If you don't mind some cliches like wise cracking sidekick, in this case a huge Irish hound named Oberon, and a main character who continuously gets hurt but keeps on ticking, I think you might enjoy this series, too. If you don't like books such as the Dresden series, this series might not appeal to you.

    As for myself I think I'll be religiously buying this series from now on.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Comanche, OK, United States 03-26-12
    Sandra Comanche, OK, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The dog rocks!"

    I just finished this book and all in all it is a good book. Has a good story, easy to follow, and the narrorator is good. But to be totally honest, the dog 'Oberon' (sp?) alone in this book is worth the credit you spend. I don't know if this book was meant to be funny but the dog will make you laugh out loud! I will never look at a French Poodle again without laughing. (Not a spoiler alert, so don't worry.) I hope this series is as good as the first book, then I will not be disappointed.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Tim TEMECULA, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2003
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    "The Druid and the Nazi Witches"

    Yes really…Nazi witches. The Iron Druid saga continues with the excellent Hexed. I stumbled across the first in the saga and enjoyed it so much that I went straight on to part two. In this episode he switches up the featured protagonists, downplaying the entertaining werewolves somewhat, bringing in a vampire attorney and featuring good and bad witches. He also gives us less of his fabulous wolfhound, which is a pity as he was my favorite character in the first book. I also like the fact that our Druid hero actually enjoys his super powers.

    It’s certainly entertaining fun, think Friends meets True Blood. There’s a marvelously wacky internal logic to the magic in the books. It’s especially entertaining that the Gods are as shallow, horny, conniving and selfish as the rest of us. Where the magical weirdness meets the secular police it gets especially fun. The scene where sex crazed demons on break from Las Vegas (where else?) run amok in a Tempe night club is just brilliant farce…if you have ever enjoyed Dorsey, Hiassen or Sharpe the mixture of sex, violence and insanity will be very familiar. Enjoy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lovell Collegeville, PA, United States 12-05-11
    Lovell Collegeville, PA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story - VERY WELL READ!"
    Would you listen to Hexed again? Why?

    I listened to all three books in the series, one after the other!


    What other book might you compare Hexed to and why?

    This book is like the Dresden Files...only I seem to like it better!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love all of the interactions between him and his dog....tooo funny!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy CONROE, TX, United States 06-07-11
    Jeremy CONROE, TX, United States 06-07-11

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    "Fantastic sequel"

    This is a satisfying sequel to the first book. I really enjoyed the dialog and interaction between characters. Oberon really shines, and I'm really looking forward to what ever his fascination will be in the next book. My only real complaint is that there is not enough Laksha (spelling? I listened to it in audio form and Luke Daniels does awesome narration.) There is also not enough epilogue really, in fact the epilogue that it does have feels like it should of been done in book one, which is pretty much what Atticus says. I'm really looking forward to the next book I mean really really looking forward to it. Also poor Atticus, none of the women in his life just want him for himself, they all want his power. I wonder how he's going to get his left ear back in the next book. I also hope he gets more attention from the cops I love how he deals with them. Plus more screen time for his new employee would be good as well.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-25-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "More action with Atticus & Malina"

    Book 2 of this series has Atticus and Oberon riding high after the defeat of Angus Og and his witch allies. Now that Atticus has made a reputation as a god killer, everyone wants him to kill a deity for them. More importantly, a powerful entity wants to kill him by use of magic.

    In addition, Malina (possible witch allie) wants his help to avenge the murder of some members of her coven. Incidentally, the murders are also trying to kill Atticus, so they have an enemy in common.
    Atticus begins looking for the witches who are trying to murder him and his loved ones, with the help of the wolves, witches and a new amulet from Granuel.

    I enjoyed this book a little more because I have become more comfortable with his sarcastic quips and Oberon's comedic comments. I love the relationship between man and dog. I also wonder if Atticus will get some love soon, because he needs some relationship action. This series is definitely an action packed storyline and I will continue with book 3.

    Favorite Oberon Quip: She should win the Nobel Obvious

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-18-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-18-12 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "If you liked book one, you'll like this too."

    I was a bit leery at the start since it felt like it might be a bit lecture-y on the nature of faith - i.e. there's a whole conversion with the Widow Donahue near the beginning that results in having some weapon blessed, but which felt like a discussion of faith and prayer.

    This lecture-moment passed pretty quickly though and the story was actually a bit more action-packed and a bit faster paced than book one was. I'm not sure Oberon was quite as pithy-funny in this book, but there are humorous comments throughout the story which lighten the mood a bit. It's chock full of mythical/religious references which make the story seem authentic (yeah, I know it's fantasy, but still, this makes it feel very realistic).

    Overall, it's as good as the first in the series, so if you liked that one, you'll like this. (The story does stand alone, but you probably won't enjoy this story as much if you didn't read book one first.) This story is wrapped up in the end, but there are some threads left hanging which will have to be tied up in the next installment so I'm starting book three now to find out how Atticus is going to fulfill his obligations.

    The narration is excellent.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 06-18-12
    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed it more than the first"

    Just like its predecessor, Hounded, Hexed delivers tons of action and lots of laughs. After ridding the world of an obnoxious god and most of the demons he released into the world, you would think Atticus O’Sullivan could get more than a three week break. Nope. Instead, this ancient druid is bombarded by misbehaving demons, irritated gods, and evil witches. Hexed has a lot of the same spirit and energy that Hounded had but I think I liked Hexed a little bit more. Mainly because, at this point in the series, a lot of the character development is out of the way and the actions ensues. And there is lots of it.

    The main conflict in Hexed is centered around a coven of nasty, evil witches. Like supported the Nazis, evil. Atticus teams up with another coven a witches, the good or at least better kind of witches, and some werewolves to take out the mean coven. However, they prove to be a formidable foe.

    In my Hounded review, I forget to mention one of the best characters in the series. Oberon is Atticus’ trusty Irish Wolfhound, with a heart of gold. He fights along side his master, saves the day, provides witty commentary on all of Atticus’ enemies, and is just plan awesome. Oberon makes this book. I can’t believe I forgot to mention him in my Hounded review because he is my favorite characters.

    Once again, the narrator is fantastic. There is such a wide range of characters in these books and performs every character well and with a believable voice. Another great road trip audiobook. It’s fun, engaging, and impossible to stop listening to.

    Overall, I highly recommend this series. Kevin Hearne doesn’t disappoint. I’m eagerly looking forward to my next road trip when I get to listen to the next book in the series.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "excellent series"

    Brilliantly read and brought to life by Luke Daniels, this is a witty and entertaining fantasy series, cleverly constructed and filled with interesting characters, not least Oberon the food-obsessed dog. The central character Atticus is an ancient but unaging druid - the last of his kind - whose survival into modern day America has relied largely on keeping his head down and staying under the radar of various gods and other supernatural entities only too keen to take him out.
    Audible UK dropped these titles for a while, so I hope they get them back and fill out the series with the later entries and forthcoming novels

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