Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles 2
Rating: Three Petals
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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.
The first book in the series, Hounded, ended the centuries-long fight that appeared to be central to the series. I wasn't certain how Hearne would continue from there when it felt like the plot was completed, but what Hearne came up with did work.
The repercussions from killing Aenghus Og are much more far reaching that Atticus ever thought they might be. Other supernatural creatures and gods either approach him for aid--mostly to kill Thor--or fear that he might turn his power against them. Many want Atticus dead before he can choose to kill them. In the midst of defending himself against those attacks, Atticus realizes that all the witches that were killed in the fight against Aengus Og left behind a power vacuum and evil witches and other horrible creatures are moving into town. Atticus must fight them too to ensure the safety of those he loves.
Unfortunately, the convergence of too many plot lines made this book feel jumbled. Atticus is forced to jump from one fight to the next without planning or preparation. He's like a man flailing in the dark, hoping to accidentally hit something with his sword. The problem is that every action Atticus takes only digs him into a deeper hole. The police are after him, a bunch of magical bullies/warriors want to kill him, and he manages to get even more gods pissed off at him. None of his actions feel like they fit with the character of a man that has managed to survive when all of his contemporaries died a thousand years prior. Hearne seems to have lost control of Atticus and the plot.
I did still enjoy reading the book. Atticus' voice is funny and engaging. I thought the fight scenes were imaginative and well written. I finished reading the story and immediately started on the next one, which is the clearest indication I have that I do like this series.
Hexed isn't as good as the first book in the series. It feels jumbled as too many plot lines and too little forethought fight for control of the story. Atticus' humor helps alleviate some of those problems, so overall I did enjoy reading this story. I would recommend it.
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