Monday, August 01, 2011
Following up on his successful debut, Hounded (Book Depository, Powell’s Books, Indiebound), Kevin Hearne’s second book in The Iron Druid Chronicles, Hexed (Book Depository, Powell’s Books, Indiebound), offers another satisfying dose of action-filled, wish-fulfillment, urban fantasy fun. This will be brief, because my thoughts on Hexed pretty much mirror what I wrote about Hounded.
In Hounded, the 2000-year old druid, Atticus, faced off against ancient Irish gods and a few witches. In Hexed, the fight is with more witches, a few succubi, a fallen angel and a couple of radical witch hunters. Atticus is once again joined by his vampire and werewolf friends and his ever-present dog through a number of supernatural fights in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona.
These books are simply fun – don’t think too hard about them and the world that Hearne creates, just sit back and enjoy the ride. The takes on various pantheons of gods are fun, the action satisfying and it’s all woven together with a geek humor that refuses to take itself seriously. Another huge positive (for me anyway) is that they are short and fast to read – Hexed took me just a couple of days to read, and I could easily have knocked it out over a relaxing afternoon (not that I ever had one of those). Hearne’s writing is quickly becoming something of a comfort read for me, probably in no small part due to them being set in Arizona.