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What's Inside Hexed?
The past never stays in the past, especially if the past would prefer you dead. After killing a couple of gods, Atticus is now having to deal with others asking him to kill more Gods to help the other gods and goddesses eliminate rivals, which briefly puts strain on a friendship he has. Not only that—now his past is creeping up to get him in a new way. With an initiate under his wing and a coven of witches he has been working with on his side, Atticus must now take out another enemy in the form of a coven of witches who are closely tied with demons.
My neighbor raised a shaking index finger to point at the saguaro. 'That moving cactus . . . and the big bug . . . and you, you spooky bastard. What are you?'
I stuffed my hands in my pockets and grinned winningly at him. 'Why, I'm the Antichrist, of course.'
— Kevin Hearne
Hexed is the second book in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. It picks up a few weeks from where book one ended, and it moves fluidly, as if the few weeks between the books weren’t very important, though it does give some insight as to what had occurred since the first book.
Other pantheons had come to Atticus and asked him to kill gods in order to help them gain favor or power while in return granting him some rewards. Even his vampire lawyer and friend wants him to kill a god. Thor, in this particular story, is apparently extremely disliked, and everyone wants him dead for one reason or another. It is clear, however, that Atticus doesn’t want to slay Thor or anyone else. In fact, throughout Hexed, he keeps bringing up the damaged land that occurred in Hounded and how much he needs to heal the earth. It is pretty clear how much he cares for the earth and how this affects his decisions.
Hexed was a bit different than Hounded in that Oberon didn’t seem to have too many one-liners to help ease some of the tension and anxiety that arose in the book. However, with a new character taking up permanent residence in the main side character slot, those funny one-liners were developed into funny little conversations and code between characters. There was definitely thought put into those conversations, in which code was used to help create alibis and give information away along with not giving away information. Though this technique isn’t used heavily (only a few times), it does lead one to wonder how it will be used in future books.
The other thing that was noticeable was the fact that Atticus shared more about his past. Granted, it wasn’t a whole lot, but it revealed a lot more about how his deal with the morrigan worked. Though it is clear the two use each other for their own means, it does leave one to wonder if it is something deeper than just using the other to do one’s bidding. We saw in Hounded that it does seem that the morrigan gets more out of keeping Atticus alive than Atticus does from her. Though it does bring into question why he wants to live such a long life—a question that may not be answered, despite how much we want to know.
What I really liked in this particular installment of the series was Atticus trying to not have to fight Thor. In the end, he does decide to do so, having to make a trip to Asgard and possibly waging war there for a golden apple. I had hoped we would have seen that at the end of the book, but to no avail. However, we did get to see him begin healing the Earth that was destroyed in the previous book. Though the Earth isn’t healed right away, the explanations for what was done and how it will help heal the earth were beautiful.
There were a few things that did catch my eye that may turn a reader away, though. One of these things is how Hearne portrays female characters in this book. It seems that Atticus is always being seduced by the goddesses and has an attraction for just about every female. Though it is referring to enchantments that make him attracted to them, it is laughable and can be quite disturbing. I feel that he shouldn’t have his hormones running wild like that when he has all these goddesses throwing themselves at him. You would think that was all the man needed.
I also find the villains to be considerably weak in this book, and I find it laughable that the witch coven needed help handling it. Through the first real action scene, I could see help having been needed for reasons other than just strength, but I think that it was very anticlimactic when there could have been so much more going on.
Besides those two things, the story moved fluidly and kept me on my toes. I would recommend this book to those who like the world of fantasy mixed in with different religions and ideas. The series thus far has been good. The writing is beautiful and makes you want to live in the world as it is wonderful and exciting. It is a good read if you are into magic and things like that.
I would rate this book three out of five stars. It is a very good book, but as a woman, I find myself questioning if moving forward, women will be still mostly seen as objects of sexual desire. I love the magic aspects and find the writing style beautiful. I just want smarter villains and less sexual desires in the female characters. I do hope you will pick up a copy and let me know how you feel the book was.
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