How I would rate it: 5 out of 5 stars.
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.
Review: Wow. Just wow. I don’t have much to say here because Hexed was a perfect sequel and basically just plain perfect. The only reason it took me so long to get through it was that I didn’t want the book to ever end.
Atticus remained just as competent, caring, clever, funny, and cool as ever but in this book I felt more interested and engaged by the minor characters as a whole. I really liked the relationships (or in some cases alliances) developing between him, the coven, his supernatural lawyers, and his druid apprentice. Oberon was a bit more endearing this time around, Leif was really, really hilarious, and Hal was awesome. And there’s something really neat about Atticus being such a part of the modern world, but all the while being ancient. Hearne combines a wealth of legends and myths together and it’s really cool that Atticus has been there to see most of them begin as well as some of them end.
The world-building and plots in this book were also terrific. I also loved that while there was an overall goal in mind for Atticus and the witches, he also did plenty of other things that weren’t entirely related like slaying a demon with Coyote, dealing with petty jealousies arising between Morrigan and Brighid, and having no choice but to take on addition tasks to be dealt with in other books. There’s still plenty of humor in this book too including even a scene where Atticus tells a story and Hal and some witches eat popcorn.
The best part is that the moments of seriousness and the moments of silliness never seem out of place or jarring. Whether Atticus was working to stop evil German witches or teaching Oberon about the Sixties, the scenes blended together beautifully and ultimately every scene complimented everything else. I cannot wait to see what happens in Hammered and then I expect that I will be miserable for awhile when I’m out of books because I absolutely love the Iron Druid Chronicles.
In conclusion, Hexed was awesome and even better than Hounded! If you’re an Urban Fantasy fan who wants something without just romance but with a lot of action, humor, really unique friendships, and even a cool vampire? Read this series. Now.