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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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!
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Picking up 3 weeks or so where book 1 left off, this book pushes forward. So far the series is one part Dresden Files and one part Supernatural with a dash of Highlander thrown in just for grins. This particular book opens up the immortality angle by pitting Atticus against a coven of demon-consorting witches from the WWII era. It's hard not to see the influences, and at the same time, it's so easy to sit back and enjoy the ride.
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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.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys audiobooks. The quality of writing and narration is superb and the humor is perfect.
His accents are amazing. It's incredible how much range he has and his voice for Oberon always makes me smile.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Enjoying that the story is lighthearted with a lot of sarcasm and wit. Sometimes I like a break with a shorter story that makes me smile and keeps me interested. This series does the trick.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Wolf hound still gets me laughing!
No but bet ya I will be !
Basically did over day & half!
Again, check out this series! I can honestly say this author could go on & on with this series & never have to end it! Coming soon Iron Druid book 28!! Ill still be listening I'm sure!!
I was very excited to read both “Hounded” and “Hexed” by Kevin Hearne after the many overwhelming, great, positive reviews. Regrettably, I was very disappointed in both books AND that I had also wasted two credits : ( .
The humor in these stories seemed to be cheesy and immature. They were definitely not my type of fantasy stories. It appeared to be written for an audience with the maturity level of 13 year old adolescents. Perhaps those that enjoyed it liked the way it was set in modern day and were entertained by all of the ‘overdone’ fights that occurred frequently throughout the stories.
I made myself listen to the end of both books, in case they suddenly were going to get better. Unfortunately, this never happened for me. I felt that each of them were boring and absurd stories. Furthermore, I was never able to care about any of the one-dimensional characters.
The only plus I can give these two books is the excellent narrator, Luke Daniels!!
Hexed is a witty well written book. There are several serious plotlines which could have gotten confusing, but, Hearne's brilliant writing allows for clarity while navigating through the complex threads. As always, Oberon gave funny commentary on what he observed; and, the widow Mc Danaugh also added to the humor. The narrator , Luke Daniels, is excellent. Daniels does a great job with the accents and bringing personality to the characters. These are books are well researched and work well in a modern setting. I'm coming to this series late so I have the good fortune to be able to download the next one and begin reading it as soon as I finish this one.
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This was a fun book really making me wish it hadn't ended. I can tell I will gobble this series up! It had me chuckling out loud at work with it's not trying to hard to be funny punch lines. This story is unique for me because it was my first experience reading/listening about druids. I must say "me likes". Narrator was great, I loved it when played the dog. The story kept my attention while at work (I sometimes lose whole story lines while there lol). Definitely worth the money for a download (being that it is less than a credit.)
I thoroughly enjoyed Hounded. This book was an excellent continuation. Can't get enough Oberan; he's just too funny. I also enjoy the author's use of classic 80 movie lines.
Just the conglomeration of Demons, Bacchants, and witches keep the story fast paced and enjoyable. It has a modern LOTR feel to it with a splash of well-timed humor.
He's great. I hope he continues telling the story of Atticus O’Sullivan and his band of misfits.
One of my all-time favorite series hope it continues.
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