Friday, July 8, 2011

Review - Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2) by Kevin Hearne (5/5 stars)

Hexed: The Iron Druid ChroniclesReading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 320 pages

Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: June 7, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0345522498
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in The Iron Druid Chronicles
Source: Audio book from
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the second book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Hearne.  The third book Hammered released earlier this week.   I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was extremely well done.  I really enjoyed this story and am so excited that this book was just as good as (if not better) than the first book.

Atticus would just like to get back to healing the land that was damaged in the first book, Hounded, but it is not to be.  He is attacked by witches but it is not the coven he is used too; some evil witches have comes to town and they want Atticus dead.  Before hunting witches though Atticus has to sign a treaty with the local coven, then hunt random demons attacking the populace.  Of course a druid's work is never done and now he has some crazy Maenads to take care of too.

This book was awesome!  It is hilarious, very well written, has a great plot that weaves together a lot of different story elements, and was very hard to put down.  This is one of those rare urban fantasies that balances character development, action, plot, and world-building just perfectly.  Oberon, as Atticus's hound, continues to be an excellent character.  

It was great to meet the good witches in more detail and to spend more time with Atticus's apprentice.  I really enjoy how many mythologies and religions are woven into this story. The repercussions of the last book aren't the main focus of this story but they continue to be a part of the story and some of the things that result are interesting to say the least.

Things are wrapped up nicely in this book but you can tell that all of this is building to a confrontation between Atticus and Thor which makes me really really want to read the next book Hammered ASAP.  I already downloaded the audio book, so now I just need time to start reading it!

Overall just a wonderful addition to what is shaping up to be a spectacular series.  If you are a fan of The Dresden Files, Kate Daniels, or any other urban fantasy laced with humor you have got to check this series out!  I can't wait to read future books in this series :-)

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  1. Great Review. Loved this book too, I personally think it was better than the first book. In the middle of reading Hammered now.

  2. Very good review. I think it's because it's a 'light' version of the Dresden files that I like it so much. It's fresh and original.
    Oberon is still as funny.
    I wish we'd seen more of him in book 3 but well it's good in many other ways =)