Jul 27, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Hexed by @KevinHearne

by Kevin Hearne

Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Format: Print
Source: Bought

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.

Another fun adventure with my favorite Druid! I will say up front that I didn't enjoy it as much as Hounded, but I did really like it.

Atticus was as entertaining and witty as expected and still just as bad ass! We get to delve more into the darker aspects of his world as we deal with witches and maenads (Yes!) and the rivalry between the two. Plus Atticus is being tracked by some other nefarious characters, complicating matters further. He is also training his new apprentice, Granuaile, who is not only quick-witted and a fast learner, but I just KNOW she has to end up as a love interest in later books. Atticus is definitely thinking about tapping that.

Speaking of...

The goddesses Flidais and the Morrigan are some crazy broads. Atticus is engaged in sexual relationships with both of them, except the relationship with the Morrigan is painful and scary....and hilarious! I laughed and laughed at that scene even though Atticus benefitted from surviving it in the end. Still...so funny. But both goddesses are up to no good as far as Atticus' is concerned, but he's got their number. I'm intrigued to find out what's really going on with them.

Oberon, Atticus' hellhound, was back and snarky as ever. I love him! His perfectly timed humor never fails to entertain me and I just love the relationship he has with Atticus. So cute. Also, Atticus' lawyers, Hal and Leif, the vampire and werewolf legal team, are hilarious as well. There's actually something kind of sexy about Hal (the werewolf), but Leif (the vampire) is just a hoot. He simply cannot grasp modern language and the scene where he actually gives real slang a try, I howled with laughter. So many laughs to be had in this series.

My only hang up about the IDC is that the mixing of the mythologies can be confusing sometimes. In the first book I found it to be okay, but as I go on, it's not really working for me. I'm trying my best to keep up but I find myself cross-eyed more often than I should be. Greek mythology I know WELL. All the others, I'm like WHAAAAA?? Sure I know some things about Norse myths, but I'm pretty much bottom of the barrel when it comes to Celtic mythology. I don't know a damn thing. Mix that with all the other paranormal activity going on, and you have one confused DeeJay. This is like the only thing that keeps me from completely enjoying this series.

Like I said, great second installment. I'm eager for the third book, Hammered, as they go to Asgard to battle Thor. This promises to be even better than the first two books as this is the first time that they've actually traveled to a different world. Can't wait to read it. Do I recommend? Hells yeah. You need to get on this series now!

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