Audio Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne, Narrator Luke Daniels

Audio Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne, Narrator Luke DanielsHexed by Kevin Hearne

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: #2 Iron Druid Chronicles
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 7, 2011
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

The Delight

The last of his kind.  Druids and other supernaturals in Arizona of all places.  Fun, witty banter and a clever setting with some exciting adventures make this addicting Urban Fantasy.

Review

A few years back, I read the first book in this series and loved it.  Witty humor, clever worldbuilding, well-developed characters and plots in a new Urban Fantasy series…

And now, I’m finally back to continue with Atticus O’Sullivan, the last druid, and his adventures with book two.

Right away, I was back in Atticus’ Iron Druid world and loving it.  Atticus is living through the fall-out from events of book one, but now he’s caught the notice of some dark witches, some crazy Bacchus followers, a demon or two, some zealots, and a couple feuding goddesses.  Keeping alive and making good on his promises leaves him somewhat bruised, cut and singed, but all in a day’s work.

It was delightful to get his interactions with Oberon the Irish Wolfhound, his widow neighbor lady, and his apprentice between all the fast and furious action moments.  Atticus is intelligent and clever and has to be to navigate the paranormal world he inhabits.  I like how he is written to seem modern, but there is also a sense that he is older than the hills which he is.  Not to mention, he might have adjusted to the modern world, but he is still very much a druid who has no trouble throwing down when things get rough or when a certain fae warrior goddess wants drag him off to his bedroom.

I experienced the story in audio format with narrator, Luke Daniels, telling the story.  First time listening to his work and wow, fantastic job.  The Iron Druid world and Atticus’ voice came alive.  I can’t wait to listen to more of his work.

All in all, this was a captivating listen and I whole-heartedly recommend this series to other Urban Fantasy fans.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I have the first book for ages and I know I need to try it!!! one day!

    • Ha! Yes you do, Melliane. I know how much you love your Urban Fantasy. 🙂

  • Yay for book two being strong! I have the first one on my tbr pile. It seems like forever. I might have to switch it to audio! I haven’t seen his I don’t believe. Thanks for the heads up!

    • I read book one and listened to book two. I enjoyed both experiences. This is a great series so far. I love the humor and the action.

  • I love this series! Atticus is my first and one true book boyfriend. 😀 And yeah, Luke Daniels does a FANTASTIC job. I have to listen to this series now because of him.

    • I am definitely on board with that type of excitement, Christy. Atticus is great, but Luke Daniels brings him alive for me.

  • I so love this series. I’m so glad you decided to pick it up on audio. Luke Daniels does an amazing job. I love Daniels’ voice for Oberon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I have the next one and can’t wait. Yes!!! He is great as Oberon. I would catch myself smiling just listening to his parts.

  • Been meaning to start this series. Glad to hear you enjoyed the audio. I want to hear it now 😉

    • Well worth it, Velvet! Ah yes, Luke’s voice is great as Atticus. 🙂