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BOOK 3 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus ...

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Overview

BOOK 3 IN THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES

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Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

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When I first discovered urban fantasy at a brick n' mortar Barnes & Noble, the basic concept compelled me like no other: you take some fantastical critters or magical doodads, slap 'em down in a contemporary setting, and then hang on for the ride.

Think of it: The entire world's collected mythology and folklore is waiting to be mined for fictional gold. That's what makes urban fantasy the most exciting genre to read and write for me. The potential for supernatural shenanigans in the present seems infinite. To narrow the focus a bit and keep myself sane, when I sat down to write Hounded, the first book of The Iron Druid Chronicles, I made myself a list of what I wanted to contribute to the genre. I wanted an unusual hero, easily distinguishable from others; I wanted to give man's best friend a voice, and I wanted it to be a big best friend, like an Irish wolfhound; I wanted a little old lady sipping whiskey on her porch, some gratuitous allusions to Shakespeare, and a beautiful, (mostly) normal girl in there with freckles and strawberry lip gloss; and I wanted a whole lot of gods and goddesses trying to survive in a secular world, especially from some pantheons we don't hear about all that often. Also, because they kind of scare me, no leather pants.

The Iron Druid Chronicles follows the adventures of Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old Druid who's discovered that it's the little things in life that make it worth living, and he can continue to enjoy those things so long as he hides from the Irish gods who want to kill him. Unfortunately, once he decides to take a stand, he draws the attention of all sorts of beings who thought the last real Druid had passed from this world long ago.

Part of the great fun of writing a character this old is figuring out where Atticus was during all of history's great events and whether he might have had a hand in them. But the pith, the core of what makes him so interesting to me is how he handles outliving all his friends and loved ones: How does he hang on to his humanity when his lifespan is greater than that of every other human?

The Iron Druid Chronicles still has plenty of familiar urban fantasy elements, but I hope readers will enjoy this very different hero who can talk to both gods and dogs, yet loves nothing so much as conversing with friends over a fine plate of fish and chips and a pint to wash it down.

Publishers Weekly
In the adrenaline-spiked third Iron Druid adventure (following Hounded and Hexed), Atticus O'Sullivan, the 1,200-year-old sexy warrior druid, pops into Asgard, steals one of the golden apples of immortality, and zips back out again. Piece of cake—until he has to go back and face off against Thor, the extremely irritating Norse god of thunder. Thor has annoyed a whole lot of people over the eons, chief among them Leif Helgarson, an ancient vampire with a mighty grudge. Atticus reluctantly teams up with Leif and Gunnar Magnusson, the alpha werewolf of the Tempe, Ariz., pack, to take Thor down—that is, if everything goes according to plan, which it never does. Hearne provides lots of zippy plotting and rocking action scenes, and fans will be thrilled by hints that the series is set to continue. (July)
From the Publisher
"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus could be the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden."--SFFworld.com

"Hearne provides lots of zippy plotting and rocking action scenes...fans will be thrilled."--Publishers Weekly

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy

“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345522481
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Iron Druid Chronicles Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 67,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and now teaches high school English. When he’s not grading essays or writing novels, he tends to his basil plants and paints landscapes with his daughter. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs, and stop whatever he’s doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books, and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.
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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Best of the Series so far!

    After reading HOUNDED and completely falling in love with this series, I read the synopses for the next two books - HEXED and HAMMERED. I thought HEXED sounded great - who doesn't want to see Atticus mix it up with some more witches and fight an honest-to-goodness fallen angel? I wasn't disappointed, and Hearne exceeded my every expectation with the book - it was even better than HOUNDED with more action, a continued development of the world and the relationships among characters, and more Leif (the guy I want backing me up in a fight!). But the synopsis of HAMMERED left me a little cold [no pun intended ;-)]. I loved the Celtic mythology at the heart of the series so far, and I really liked the Southwest as a setting for urban fantasy. Heading to Asgard and focusing on the Norse gods.I was a little apprehensive. I was wrong. I can admit it. HAMMERED blew me away! It was the best of the series, hands down. The series has always been entertaining - lots of action, plenty of humor, and great characters. These are all present in HAMMERED, but this book offers more. It packs an emotional wallop, and poses some interesting questions. What is the price of revenge? How much are you willing to sacrifice, both for yourself and for your friends? How do the events in our lives shape who we are, what we become, and the choices we make? One thing I really liked about the book was the handful of chapters written from the POV of a different character. Each of these chapters has a very different feel, rhythm, language, etc. It really shows Hearne's skill as a writer that he can make each narrator feel so unique and real. I'm not going to give a plot summary here, since the synopsis is given on the back of the book and in many other reviews. All I can say is that this is the most emotionally satisfying book of the series. If you liked the first two books, this one won't disappoint.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    cant wait to read it

    i cant wait till Monday to read this book. i've read both HEXED and HAMMERED, and if this is anything like the others, then it will be fantastic. also, Atticus is 2100 years old, not 1200.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    3.5stars -- Apply here for membership in the I Hate Thor Club to

    3.5stars -- Apply here for membership in the I Hate Thor Club today!

    Hmmm….I loved everything about the first book. The second book was ok, I decided I wasn’t the target audience, which must have been teen boys but I found some things to like. This time out, I’m disappointed again. Quite a bit feels like filler although the action scenes are interesting and lively. To my taste there were too many homages – I wanted the originality and freshness that was promised in earlier books. There’s also a bit of corn and cheese as we trudge thru the reasons the “I hate Thor” Club exists. I didn’t have nearly enough Oberon; Granuaile has grown on me too – her absence was felt and I was sorry to leave widow MacDonagh (I hope to see her again), but glad to spend more time with both Leif & Gunnar. I was torn about continuing the series and then I got to the ending which of course changed my mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    I loved the wry humor of this book. The author does an excellent

    I loved the wry humor of this book. The author does an excellent job of making every character believable and you most certainly root for the "good guys". Yet, even the good guys aren't ALL good, which makes the story even better. Excellent storytelling. Laugh out loud moments. I ADORE Oberon. More, please?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Great!!!

    Great!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Wow!!!

    I am a huge fan of the series. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. I am saddened by the loss of characters I have come to enjoy but I am looking forward to reading Tricked to see what will happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    A Phenomenal Modern Day Odyssey.

    Odysseus Who? Atticus continues his modern day odyssey in Hammered, and Hearne's druid is making Homer's hero look like a little punk with his epic adventures. After all, even Odysseus didn't go after a full fledge god like Thor.

    Too bad Dos Equis isn't an Irish brew because Atticus could definitely win the bid for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Delight in the oddities and misfortunes that have become Atticus' life. Drinks with Jesus. A Shakespearean duel with a vampire. Suggestive salad spinning with a young beautiful apprentice. A bareback ride on a giant squirrel. And getting slapped around by the Morrigan. Sounds like just another day for Atticus O'Sullivan.

    The Iron Druid is a man of his word, and it's time to make good on some promises he made. Even if it kills him. First he has to retrieve a golden apple for a certain witch. Then Atticus is to escort Leif to Asgard to take on the patron God of Jerks. They'll pick up some backup along the way and introduce us to some new and endearing characters all with a grudge against Thor. And honestly when someone like Jesus concedes your a thundering D-Bag, you probably deserve the angry lynch mob coming for you.

    But O'Sullivan's actions aren't without consequence. Not everyone will come out of the fray alive and with the possible relocation of the local coven, pack upheaval within the werewolf community, and vampire unrest in Arizona the cost of revenge could be too high. The wait for the next installment definitely too long.

    Again I have to reccomend the audiobook version of this series. Hammered was just as excellently performed as Hounded, and Hexed. Kevin's words are pure magic when Luke Daniels is narrating them. He did another outstanding job with Atticus and company. I particularly liked his rendition of a giant squirrel which sounded a lot like a cross between the Chipmunks and Gollum. Lets face it Hearne doesn't make it easy on Daniels who has to voice multiple accents and languages. I love that a new deal is going to give us more Atticus, Kevin, and Luke to come.

    Hearne's third effort is yet again another gem, embodying all that is awesome. Fans of the first two books will be pleased with Kevin's usual wit and candor. But he steps things up a bit, with the addition of some different POV's that shows Hearne's more serous side. The pace is a little slower than in the past but I think that is because of the grandeur of the task Atticus has to achieve. There's plenty of the action and unexpected quirkiness that comes with Hearne's twisted imagination, and his ability to blend mythos, theology, folklore, and pop culture is pure genius. As always you can tell Hearne did extensive homework for Hammered, or that he's an amazing literary con artist, either way the words he puts down on the page are completely believable.

    With all the delicious threads planted for future tomes, the end will have you trying to conjure up more pages, and cursing the long year wait ahead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Kenny

    Hmm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Cry

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Quite god but humour between Atticus and Oberon overplayed and t

    Quite god but humour between Atticus and Oberon overplayed and too much linguistic over-indulgence - Hearne is not quite as funny as he thinks he is. Loved the first book where the balance the humour was there (and funny) but not over prevalent! 

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

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    A third installment that feels like a final installment. One get

    A third installment that feels like a final installment. One gets the impression reading Hammered that Kevin Hearne wasn’t really sure Del Ray would publish more than three books, so he ties up a number of characterizational and plot threads from Hounded and Hexed in this book, Atticus’ debts to Leif Helgarson and to the witch Laksha being the biggest and most tied to the main action of the book. There is some lip-service mid-book and again at the end towards setting up where Atticus would go from here should the series continue (which it did, with book 7 just recently coming out in hardcover). In the first half of the book, Atticus ties up a lot of his personal loose ends just in case he’s not going to survive the trip to Asgard, and he’s visited by a number of well-meaning supernatural friends who try to warn him off of the course of action he’s undertaking (at least one cameo made me chuckle out loud, and I don’t want to ruin that appearance for anyone).

    Atticus’ devotion to being honorable, to keeping his word, gets him into a load of trouble throughout the book and at least once puts him in an untenable situation that doesn’t necessarily resolve satisfactorily for the reader (involving the fate of one of the Norse goddesses); I’ve seen a number of reviews that concur with me on this point but again, giving details would count as a spoiler. I’m hoping this decision of Atticus’ is revisited later in the series, that he realizes just how bad of a call it was (even if it might have turned out okay in the end) even under the guise of “do anything to keep my word.”

    In fact, in comparison to the fairly light-hearted, often outright humorous, tone of the first two books, Hammered is almost completely dark. The few funny moments are, as I mentioned, chuckle-out-loud funny, but they are very few. From the start, author and Atticus alike know this is a bad path to walk down: bad choices bring Atticus to even worse choices. Knowing the series has continued, I can only assume the repercussions of this are felt. In my review of Hexed, I complained that unlike Harry Dresden in his first few books, Atticus O’Sullivan is perhaps just too all-powerful. In Hammered, we see that Atticus’ power-level and experience are just as much of a problem as Harry’s early low power and lack of experience, and perhaps even moreso as Atticus is able to do things (like kill gods,plural) that invite much worse things to follow.

    If the novel stumbles anywhere, it’s in the third quarter: when the vampire, the werewolf, the forgotten god, the sorcerer and the Asian mystic each recount why they want to kill Thor, the novel plods almost to a halt. I’m not sure there was any better way to info-dump the characters’ motivations, and Hearne at least attempts to couch the storytelling as a necessity for Atticus’ binding spell to move them all to the Asgardian plane, but this reader grew very impatient reading through them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Great book.

    Love his writing, character development. And humor!

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Hammered - Beware Thor!

    Another rollicking good read. Amazing how Atticus survives all despite serious danger and injury. This book actually had quite a bit of historical info mixed into the action and adventure. Good job Mr Hearne!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Recommended

    "Hammered" is just as entertaining as the previous books in Hearne's series. It is humorous with much action, but this book had one drawback. The author gives several characters (and even some animals and inanimate objects) their actual Irish names and it gets confusing who is who, considering the odd spelling of the names. He does give a pronunciation guide at the beginning, but who wants to go flipping back all the time to see to whom or to what he's referring. Other than that, it is entertaining and a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Great Book !!!!!!

    Must read. A very easy and flowing book !!

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Things take a darker twist in this next installment of the Iron

    Things take a darker twist in this next installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles.  Atticus has made a promise to Leif and even though everyone warns him that consequences would be dire if he were to proceed, he does so to protect his good name.  Everything is such a whirlwind affair as Atticus must get to know some new supernatural buddies and discover more about those he thought he new.  While Atticus has been quite lucky (to a certain extent) up to this adventure, Thor proves to be a very worthy opponent.  Atticus only wants to get back to Oberon and plan the next 2000 years of his life.  Things just don't look so good.




    This was my favorite installment yet!  I was sitting on the edge of my seat, gripping the steering will, all with my mouth wide open almost the entire time.  I had gotten accustomed to Atticus' narrow escapes but I learned pretty quickly that this new task wasn't going to be like the others.  I love that Hearne can keep me guessing even in book 3.  In addition, the reader really gets a look into the background of some of the characters that have shown up in the previous books, giving some of the side characters a spotlight and more depth.  There were some sad moments but mostly tons and tons of action.  I want to know so many things after finishing this thing.  Unfortunately, my library doesn't have Tricked yet.  For the first time in my life, I'm considering buying an audiobook.  We will see.  




    On the narrator...
    I've come to think of Luke Daniels as a good old friend right about now and I know that he doesn't disappoint.  In fact, I continue to be amazed at how many different distinguishable voices he can manage in one book.  I wonder how he remembers them all!  I love Luke Daniels as I did in the previous installments.  He does a fantastic job here as well.  I could continue the next book in paper form, but I'm just not ready to give up Mr. Daniels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Wabba

    This book sucked

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Very good but not great

    It was entertaining but not his best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    !

    I am enjoying this wonderful series

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Best of the Trilogy

    It's important to read this trilogy in order because there are so many characters. The first one, 'Hounded" was great. The second one 'Hexed' was pretty good. This one I absolutely LOVED. You do NOT have to be a fan of scifi/fantasy to enjoy this. I never was, until now. The main character, Atticus is such a hero. He is thoughtful and brave and so funny. I laughed during this whole trilogy. Out loud. Kevin Hearne has a great sense of humor. The storylines and characters are so over-the-top... but its supposed to be. It works. You will be introduced to gods, goddesses, vampires, weird creatures and more. You will be carried away to other lands with good and evil. And you will laugh often. As of today, the 4th novel is not yet released.. but you can be sure that I have it pre-ordered and will be waiting for the mailman that day.

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