Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Source: my nook
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... (Goodreads)
Sometimes the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first book. No such worries in this one, as Hexed is every bit as good as Hounded, book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles! Atticus and Oberon are back and, while I have a serious crush on Atticus, I'm absolutely in love with Oberon and want to take him home with me to cuddle! Okay, an Irish wolfhound may or may not want to cuddle, but he's a seriously cool guy!
This one starts off with a bang, with Atticus being attacked on his front porch! He survives, and it turns out the attackers are a group of nasty witches that want to take over the territory. While Atticus doesn't seem to think that there is anything such as a good witch, he is willing to admit that there might be tolerable witches vs just plain evil ones. He decides he is willing to work with the remainder of the Polish coven in town in order to fight the new threat. He's grown to like the town and is tired of moving, so reluctantly decides to stay and help protect his home.
There are threats on several fronts: the remaining demons that escaped in book one, evil witches who can fling a mean death hex, Bacchants who want to party like it's 1999, two goddesses taking an unwelcome interest in him, and noisy police detectives who have a feeling that Atticus isn't what he seems. Poor Atticus.
This was a fast, fun read full of action! Several mythological characters from different cultures show up and interact like it's no big deal. I loved that! Hearne is a very talented writer with a great sense of humor, who has come up with some great characters! Did I mention my love for Oberon? I want to learn more about Atticus and his friends, see him survive his latest adventures, and can't wait to read the rest of the series! If you haven't already, you really need to pick up these books!
Here's some links so you can read an excerpt of Hounded and Hexed, courtesy of Kevin's website. Enjoy!