Saturday, March 17, 2012
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Hexed is the second in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Here is what Goodreads says about the book.
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.
Plot: There is a problem in this book and I enjoyed reading about the solution. However, I felt that most of the plot and action was put in place to set up the next book. To get help Atticus ended up promising to do some very difficult jobs for other people. I am sure that all will show up in the next book.
Characters: The whole cast is back and the only new characters were the bad witches who did not make it until the end of the book. There was not that much additional character development in the book.
Writing: The writing flows along with the story. Everything is told from Atticus’s point of view. Kevin Hearne manages to get all the information in while preserving the point of view.
Tension: I did not feel a much tension in this book as in the last. Again it seemed much of the action was a set up for book 3.
World Building: There was some additional world building in the story. We learn more about Atticus and his gods. There is a great blend of people who have lived for a long time and life in the modern world. It is very believable world.
I did not see many surprises in the book. It is a good filler to keep the Chronicles going. I have book three in my TBR pile so I will be reading it in a few days.
Ballantine/Del Rey published Hexed by Kevin Hearne in 2011.