Audiobook Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2)Release Date: June 7, 2011
Title: Hexed
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Author: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 8h 52m
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Audible
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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 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.
4 Stars

My only real complaint about this one is that Oberon wasn’t in it quite as much as he was in the first one. And this is also the book that introduces us to Coyote – who I hate with a passion. Not only do I dislike the character himself, I truly dislike hearing him speak in the audiobook – not to mention how Atticus attempts a terrible Southern drawl when he speaks to Coyote. It’s distracting.

The overall story itself is somewhat disjointed. It felt more like several short stories strung together into a book because there was just so much going on – a demon round up, Bacchants, a coven of witches out for blood… and all of those story lines were pretty much independent of one another. I found myself feeling sorry for Atticus because the poor guy never got a break!

Despite the disjointed feeling of the story, I found myself completely enamored (still!) with all of the characters. This definitely remains one of my all time favorite fictional worlds. And Luke Daniels as the narrator continues to bring all of the characters to life. It truly leaves me in awe when a single man can produce so many varied voices of both genders – and you buy every single one of them. That’s talent, right there.

Other Reviews:

CreativeDeeds 8/6/2012

Yeah, but when Oberon is in this one, he’s perfect! It’s amazing how many of us are so in love with that dog ;) Hmmm… wonder if I should add Hammered to my Bout-of-Books list? Great review!

Mandi Kaye 8/6/2012

I will say Hammered is my least favorite of the series. But I still enjoyed it (Oberon is in it the least of all the books).

I wonder if I’d still love Oberon as much if I were simply reading the book instead of hearing Luke Daniels bring him to life…

This one was definitely a story line that didn’t translate to audiobook very well. Good thing Luke Daniels is amazing.

Mandi Kaye 8/6/2012

I second that.

Ruby 8/7/2012

Actually, this was the book that made me go slightly off this series. I still love Oberon, but I’m kind of tired of the relentlessly male characters in these books. I wish that Hearne would involve Granuaille or Melina more in the plot. Instead they get shunted to the side. I’m guessing that Granuaille will get her chance eventually, though.

Mandi Kaye 8/7/2012

She does. If you stick it out until Tricked (Book 4) you see a lot more of Granuaile. Although, there is a short story on Hearne’s web page that is about Granuaile and her journey that takes place during the events of Hammered (book 3). And she is on the cover with Atticus of Book 5. :)

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