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Book Title: Hexed|
The author of the book: Kevin Hearne
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Date of issue: October 2011
ISBN 13: 9780356501208
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I was hesitant to bring this up in my last review because I thought it was just me - I thought I was reading too much into these novels. But I don't think so anymore and the issue is ruining my enjoyment of an otherwise good series.
You see, this series is terribly sexist - yet it's all so subversive that it was hard to pin at first.
There are many, many female characters. Normally, I'd consider this a good thing.
However we can effectively separate them into categories.
Harmless, likable and a sex object
Harmless, laughably evil and a sex object
Dangerous, unstable and a sex object
For example, Atticus' initiate is harmless and likable. She is probably the only woman who fits into this category. She's also probably the closest thing Hearne has written to a positive female character.
The many, many evil witches in this novel fit into the second category. Atticus is sure to take special note of their appearance. I say laughably evil because whilst they have power - it's nothing compared to Atticus' and Hearne goes to great lengths to make them objects of derision in our eyes. They will always try petty, pathetic things that make you happy that Atticus lays the smack-down on them. They are arrogant and tragically doomed to fail like Team Rocket from Pokemon. For every evil male character there are at least eight bad female characters. There is only one Harmless and laughably evil male character. There are many, many of these female characters and they all play second fiddle to the main bad character - a man. They are Hearne's version of the nameless goons in Bond movies. They are the faceless Red shirts from Star Trek.
Then there's the Dangerous, unstable and a sex object category and possibly the most offensive. These are women that Atticus is supposed to take seriously because they are all powerful in their own right - many are supposed to be more powerful.
Yet even goddesses are throwing themselves at Atticus to be in his bed. All of them are seriously unstable, highly emotive and completely subject to their own pettiness. Atticus spends most of this novel indulging them like you would play to a crazy person to keep them happy. I guess it's hard to blame Hearne too much. Men and the medical profession have been painting women as hysterical, unreasonable creatures for most of history. It's nothing new but it's terribly disappointing.
The ruler of the Tuatha De shows up and plays the damsel in distress to Atticus. She does the whole, "Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope!" Routine in the first book. Seriously? SERIOUSLY!? She is the fucking RULER of an ancient people. SHE IS A GODDESS! It's just all so... unempowering.
Still, I thought I was being sensitive after reading the first novel. In the second, Atticus strips Brighid down, humiliates her and lectures her in very reasonable tones while she froths at the mouth and acts the part of two-bit villain. Now I'm just insulted. An immortal goddess, so proficient at politics, bargaining and magic is so pathetic that she would act as she did and be caught as she was? Oh, of course. She's a woman and this all makes sense if your unconscious bias is to believe that women - even immortal ones - and creatures completely enslaved to whatever petty emotion is running through their fragile bodies.
Atticus' sexual assault, the use of sex as a weapon and many, many other small instances in this book only cemented my opinion that Hearne does not have a high respect for women - or he simply knows so little of them. There are much fewer male characters in this book - yet every single one with the exception of Percy, is a powerful, reasonable, intelligent, logical character. When comparing their uses and functions in these books, it becomes clear that men, as characters, as significantly more likable, powerful and reasonable than women.
It's a really sad thing to behold for a series that is otherwise fun and interesting.
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Read information about the authorKevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as two forthcoming series: The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and Tales of Pell, a fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. Books 1-8 of the Iron Druid Chronicles are out now; BESIEGED, a collection of new Iron Druid stories, will be out July 11; A PLAGUE OF GIANTS, the first book of The Seven Kennings, will be out Oct. 17.
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