How was it? Adding to the fun character interactions and entertaining action scenes. The pop culture references mixed with mythology is another one of the charming thing about the Iron Druid Chronicles. The references seem to shine a little more in Hammered, but with that a few other things started to get more noticeable in the series.
Until now, there wasn’t much details about how some things work in that world. It’s amazing that I didn’t give much thought to these things because before this book I couldn’t have answered some simple questions, for example, how his teas work. I had an idea – which was close enough and it is mentioned in Kaibab Unbound – but I did not have the right answer.
Same could be said about Atticus’ background. I’ve been wondering if in his two millennias he’s ever had a long term relationships and/or children. He’s human after all, he could get hurt or die – though that seems unlikely 😒 – but it was interesting information to have and I hope something will come of it later.
Although he has some limitations, and quite a few tricks up his sleeve – Druid Magic to heal his wounds, among other thing, and his tea to keep himself young and spry – Atticus is a bit of a Gary Sue. Yes, he’s 2100 years old and has had extensive training and experiences. But the stupid things he pulls at times makes him look like a powerful apprentice, who after a training montage, just became a full on Druid. He looses the glimpses wisdom we’ve seen from him by being utterly irresponsible and foolish. At times he seems stuck in his 10th century ways – or that’s Hearne’s excuse to explain some of Atticus’ questionable behavior. He’s a bit confusing.
Turns out the sequel to Hexed is a though one, it has great and questionable moments; but it’s also fast-paced, action-packed, with likable characters.