Hexed | Kevin Hearne

Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne published 7 June 2011

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 non-aggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. The new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of WWII.
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 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 coven they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

How was it? Is it just me or did Leif straight up changed the way he talks from Hounded to Hexed? His vernacular didn’t strike me as weird the first time.

Anyway, Hexed is a fun and interesting book but I find it lacking. For one there’s not nearly enough of Oberon, whose not just the comic relief, he’s the secret weapon that makes the whole thing work.

Not having Oberon around as much makes the second book a bit bleak – well creepy-ish. A pattern start to emerge and it doesn’t look too good. I know Atticus is supposed to be a handsome young man and all but it’s weird that most of the women in this book come on to him. Whether it is as a joke, aggressively, or to subtly threaten him, they throw themselves at him. The fact that Atticus doesn’t boast about it, make it palatable but it’s strange and a tad unrealistic – ironic given that the story features goddesses and witches.

Having him checking them out – sometimes objectifying them – rings truer to me – because he’s no Monk – than having the vast majority of the women lusting after him. It could be rationalized that often women have been known to use their charms, particularly in the old days, to obtain what they wanted or needed but that’s not always true here. They are just horndogs like Oberon.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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