Hexed by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #2)


9595650Atticus 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.


Yea for reading a book in a day! I was looking for something plotty and Hexed is just that – perfect for sitting down with a cup of tea and forgetting the dreary day (and tomorrow’s early flight, and packing…) for a while.

The good:

  • Plot. Plotplotplot. Great action and flights while revisiting characters I loved from the first book and giving you a chance to breathe when needed.
  • Some new characters emerged that I’m looking forward to meeting again, especially Coyote. The witches seem like a neat bunch, too. Hearne took the time to differentiate the members without listing them off, letting us figure out who is who naturally as the story progressed. I like.
  • Granuaile is a smart cookie – no TSTL apprentices here.
  • As a character Oberon feels more settled and believable. It helps that this book doesn’t hinge on his actions as much as the first.
  • The magic system is holding up very well. Atticus doesn’t power up at all in this novel, but uses the skills he has to best advantage. I like that he has a little reservoir of power that can be depleted, and while he can heal himself some things are beyond his ability.
  • The snark is fun and rarely feels out of place. Characters know how far they can push each other and enjoy skirting those boundaries. Atticus even backs off the irony with his apprentice, as he recognizes that she hasn’t known him long enough to read it correctly.

The neither-here-nor-there:

  • Atticus yet again has sex with a god. It was fine and all, it’d just be nice if women in urban fantasy could do the same. So far Atticus is two for two for hot divine sexy time.

The not-so-good:

  • Granuaile doesn’t do much apprentice stuff besides covering her sensei’s ass. I would like to see her get more learning on beyond sitting in front of a computer to grok Latin.
  • I’m not going to get away from gods and quid pro quo in this series, am I. One of my biggest annoyances is when a scary strong person says, “You owe me a favor. I’ll tell you when I’m ready to collect.” It’s a huge cloud of dread that I have trouble shaking. Your mileage may vary, of course.
  • The whole thing where witches enchant part of their body (their hair, their lips) to be irresistible to men bugs me. They are very powerful, so it seems petty to use sex to get ahead. Second, it’s described as being enchanting to men. What about women who like women, or men who like men? How does it affect them?
  • It also bothered me that Atticus’ dick had the same reaction to bespelled hair, an unnatural attraction, and his apprentice. Maybe I’m giving the guy too much credit, but I thought he was in better control of himself than that.

This is a great series when you need plotty plot to help you fly across an ocean or get out of a reading slump. ~puts the next book in the series aside and writes IN CASE OF READING EMERGENCY on the cover~