Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban fantasy, humor, adult
My rating: 4 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.
You know those books that always manage to cheer you up after a bad day, cheesiness and all? This is one of those books. It's pretty ridiculous, but you don't think about it too hard because all you really need is to laugh a little.
Hexed picks up almost immediately after the events of Hounded. Just when Atticus thinks he can finally settle down without angry gods out to kill him, he gets word of a coven of angry witches who are bent on destroying him. It's the type of magic that can only be fought with the magic of other witches, and Atticus knows better than to trust one of those manipulative, sneaky creatures...but does he really have a choice? The stakes get higher and the magical world collides with the real one even more than in the first book.
Oberon and Atticus have a lot more on their plate in this book, but they just deal with it by being even funnier and snarkier than before. I love their friendship and the fact that absolutely nothing can get between them. I also appreciated the larger role the widow and Granuaile in this book, and it was nice to see that Laksha didn't get left behind. I'm still really annoyed at how often Atticus makes comments about how absolutely gorgeous every woman he sets eyes on is, and it got especially annoying when those comments were directed at his initiate, Granuaile. Despite that annoyance, the book is very entertaining.
I'd recommend this to fans of snarky humor and awkward situations, and people who just really need to laugh and lighten up their day.