Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: This review is spoiler-free, but may reference events of the first novel Hounded. If you’re new to the Iron Druid series, we suggest you read that review first.
There are a number of things I like about Hexed‘s main character Atticus O’Sullivan. I like that he’s confident and actually backs it up with competency. I like that he takes care of the widow in his neighborhood and doesn’t begrudge her a 10 a.m. glass of whiskey. I like that he tells his hound Oberon epic stories. And I really like that even when times are dark and the road ahead murky, he can make me laugh.
Yes, our 2,100-year-old Irish Druid is back in action, and he’s every bit as fantastic as you remembered. In Hounded, Atticus managed to kill gods and played a role in cutting the local coven in half. Now everyone is knocking on his door wanting him to do a little wet works on their behalf. Actually, most want him to kill Thor, and he doesn’t want a thing to do with that mess. He does, however, have to deal with the local fallout from the big showdown out in the Superstition Mountains. First, there are demons on the loose, which escaped during the big battle at the end of Hounded.
Expect the ultimate trickster Coyote to strong-arm our boy into taking out a big bad with nothing but a few arrows. Then, there’s the situation with the witches. They’ve been in talks for a peace treaty, but things get sped up when maenads decide to turn Scottsdale into their new orgy central and another coven comes to town with their sights on taking out both Atticus and the East Valley coven.
In the midst of all that fighting and negotiating, Atticus has to deal with his own gods. Brighid may have promised great things to Atticus, but when she comes knocking with a too-good offer he tells her exactly how it is. He may still worship the old ways, but he’s always been good at looking out for himself and his friends.
One of the great things about reading the Iron Druid series is Kevin Hearne has written this character so masterfully that we know he’s ancient and wise, but he still comes across youthful — exactly as he intends. The dialog is punchy and there is never a lull in the plot.
I’m particularly excited to see the showdown foreshadowed for Hammered (Iron Druid #3). Until then, I assure you Hexed is an adventure you won’t want to miss.
Sexual content: Very light sex scene