The Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Published June 2011 by Del Rey
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Genre: Adult Urban Paranormal Fantasy
Series: 1. Hounded 2. Hexed* 3. Hammered 4. Tricked 5. Trapped (November 2012) 6. Hunted (2013)
Source: Bought @ B&N
Challenge: All Series, All Summer
Rating: Loved It
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. (Source: Goodreads)
Atticus has to be in rare comedic-action form throughout the book. Apparently, Tempe is a piece of hot real estate. Atticus has to team up with the local witches and Laksha to fend off a much darker coven trying to move in. The dark side does up the entertainment value of the local bar scene by sending in sex wielding Bacchants. Yep, we are not so crazy about the witches in this series. They are always causing Atticus grief.
Not only is Atticus working hard to keep the paranormal factor of Tempe in check, he has some other-worldly hotties after him. He is caught between Morrigan and Brighid’s vie for power in Tir na nOg. Apparently he created a bit of a power vacuum killing Aenghus Og in Hounded. My favorite moments in this book are of him trying to survive their aggressive sexual advances in attempt to mark him as theirs. The only woman not causing the poor man grief is the Widow MacDonagh. He even calls on her and her Catholic beliefs and the power of the Virgin Mary to help him out of a jam.
This is a great addition to the series. It had me laughing cover to cover. I can’t wait to see how Atticus deals with Thor in Hammered.
Witchy Women! Who needs them? Not Atticus.