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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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.
My only complaint is that the books are too short. I would like to spend more time in this universe.
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For centuries, Atticus has been lying low trying to stay under the Tuatha Dé Danann’s radar but after what went down in Hounded that’s no longer an option. Oddly enough, instead of lining up to kill him, the old Gods want to enlist his help to dispatch some of their own foes. Hexed is another action-packed installment in Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles; full of demon hunting, manipulative Celtic goddesses and witchy magic. You can’t go wrong with this series on audio; both the writing and the narration are phenomenal. A definite must!
I love how versatile Luke Daniels’ narration is; he’s a pro at transitioning from one character to the next and does a great job of giving each of them a distinct voice with the help of accents, pitch and tone. I especially enjoyed his Coyote persona because he absolutely nailed the Southern twang and slower paced dialogue. His interpretation of Oberon never fails to bring a smile to my face and I think Daniels’ has Atticus’ POV down to a tee. I was relieved to hear him pronounce “Roosevelt” correctly this time around but he did botch “nocked” (as in an arrow) a few times which was a mild irritant.
The mythology, multiple plot threads and scheming characters help ensure that this book is never dull. There’s even a bit of sex in this installment, just probably not the fun kind you’re thinking of! Needless to say, the Celtic Chooser of the Slain and the Goddess of War’s tastes are anything but vanilla. However, she’s not the only Tuatha Dé Danann who’s vying for Atticus’ attention; Brighid, the Goddess of poetry, fire, and the forge also wants a piece of the druid pie.
Oberon still continues to be the star of this series; from his bath time adventures to his doggy humor, I just can’t get enough of his POV. As a dog owner I’ve often wondered what goes on inside their heads and these books do a great job of playing off of that. Atticus comes in second on my list of favourite Iron Druid Chronicles characters; I love how he can talk circles around practically anyone and, can often times diffuse a volatile situation with logic and reason. However, when all else fails there’s always Fragarach or in this case… RPGs!
Hexed combines intense action with quick-witted humour to create an entertaining experience that’s truly unique. Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels are quickly becoming one of my favourite audiobook duos; together they transform Atticus’ story into an irresistible, full-bodied adventure.
Only read this book if you want to be endlessly amused and entertained!!! I can't remember how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. Once you meet Atticus O'sullivan (the main character, who you first meet in "hounded" the first book in the series) and his...um....friends. You'll be hooked!
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.
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I really love this series. These books are great for my short attention span. They're full of action, comedy and more than a little bit of danger. I'll keep listening as long as Kevin Hearne keeps writing.
I listened to all three books in the series, one after the other!
This book is like the Dresden Files...only I seem to like it better!
I love all of the interactions between him and his dog....tooo funny!
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.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
Since I loved Oberon (the dog) best in Hounded, this one left me a bit disappointed - not much of him. However, battle after battle, and a gigantic body count was well done and enjoyable.
Maybe - it was a quick, easy listen to just zone out to, but I was not very compelled by it. The narrators voice was very enjoyable though.
I seem to have the unique opinion that this book is a little cheesy. Not much really happens in the first book, although things pick up a bit in the second. The dialogue had really silly jokes in it and was just kind of awkward a lot of the time. The narration was great though so in all honesty when I decided to get past that I enjoyed it well enough.
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