Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #3)

Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #3)

by Kevin Hearne

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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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ISBN-13: 9780345522481
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 53,176
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.28(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

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Chapter 1
According to popular imagination, squirrels are supposed to be adorable. As they scurry about on this tree branch or that trunk, people point at them and say, “Awww, how cuuuuute!” with their voices turning sugary and spiraling up into falsetto ecstasy. But I’m here to tell you that they’re cute only so long as they’re small enough to step on. Once you’re facing a giant bloody squirrel the size of a cement truck, they lose the majority of their charm.
I wasn’t especially surprised to be staring up at a set of choppers as tall as my fridge, twitching whiskers like bullwhips, and tractor-tire eyes staring me down like volcanic bubbles of India ink: I was simply horrified at being proven so spectacularly right.
My apprentice, Granuaile, had argued I was imagining the impossible before I left her back in Arizona. “No, Atticus,” she’d said, “all the literature says the only way you can get into Asgard is the Bifrost Bridge. The Eddas, the skaldic poems, everything agrees that Bifrost is it.”
“Of course that’s what the literature says,” I replied, “but that’s just the propaganda of the gods. The Eddas also tell you the truth of the matter if you read carefully. Ratatosk is the key to the back door of Asgard.”
Granuaile gazed at me, bemused, unsure that she’d heard me correctly. “The squirrel that lives on the World Tree?” she asked.
“Precisely. He manically scrambles back and forth between the eagle in the canopy and the great wyrm at the roots, ferrying messages of slander and vitriol between them, yadda yadda yadda. Now ask yourself how it is that he manages to do that.”
Granuaile took a moment to think it through. “Well, according to what the literature says, there are two roots of Yggdrasil that drop below Asgard: One rests in the Well of Mimir in Jötunheim, and one falls to the Spring of Hvergelmir in Niflheim, beneath which the wyrm Nidhogg lies. So I assume he’s got himself a little squirrelly hole in there somewhere that he uses.” She shook her head, dismissing the point. “But you won’t be able to use that.”
“I’ll bet you dinner I can. A nice homemade dinner, with wine and candles and fancy modern things like Caesar salad.”
“Salad isn’t modern.”
“It is on my personal time scale. Caesar salad was invented in 1924.”
Granuaile’s eyes bugged. “How do you know these things?” She waved off the question as soon as she asked it. “No, you’re not going to distract me this time. You’re on; I bet you dinner. Now prove it or start cooking.”
“The proof will have to come when I climb Yggdrasil’s root, but,” I said, raising a finger to forestall her objection, “I’ll dazzle you now with what I think so that I’ll seem fantastically prescient later. The way I figure it, Ratatosk has to be an utter badass. Consider: Eagles normally eat squirrels, and malevolent wyrms named Nidhogg are generally expected to eat anything—yet neither of them ever tries to take a bite of Ratatosk. They just talk to him, never give him any guff at all, but ask him nicely if he’d be so kind as to tell their enemy far, far away such-and-such. And they say, ‘Hey, Ratatosk, you don’t have to hurry. Take your time. Please.’ ”
“Okay, so you’re saying he’s a burly squirrel.”
“No, I’m saying he’s turbo-burly. Paul Bunyan proportions, because his size is proportionate to the World Tree. He’s bigger than you and I put together, big enough that Nidhogg thinks of him as an equal instead of as a snack. The only reason we’ve never heard of anyone climbing Yggdrasil’s roots to get to Asgard is because you’d have to be nuts to try it.”
“Right,” she said with a smirk. “And Ratatosk eats nuts.”
“That’s right.” I bobbed my head once with a sardonic grin of my own.
“Well then,” Granuaile wondered aloud, “exactly where are the roots of Yggdrasil, anyway? I assume they’re somewhere in Scandinavia, but you’d think they would have shown up on satellite by now.”
“The roots of Yggdrasil are on an entirely different plane, and that’s really why no one has tried to climb them. But they’re tethered to the earth, just like Tír na nÓg is, or the Elysian Fields, or Tartarus, or what have you. And, coincidentally, a certain Druid you know is also tethered to the earth, through his tattoos,” I said, holding up my inked right arm.
“Granuaile’s mouth opened in astonishment as the import of my words sank in, quick to follow the implication to its logical conclusion. “So you’re saying you can go anywhere.”
“Uh-huh,” I confirmed. “But it’s not something I brag about”—I pointed a finger at her—“nor should you, once you’re bound the same way. Plenty of gods are already worried about me because of what happened to Aenghus Óg and Bres. But since I killed them on this plane, and since Aenghus Óg started it, they don’t figure I’ve turned into a deicidal maniac. In their minds, I’m highly skilled in self-defense but not a mortal threat to them, as long as they don’t pick a fight. And they still believe that merely because they’ve never seen a Druid in their territory before, they never will. But if the gods knew I could get to anyone, anywhere, my perceived threat level would go through the roof.”
“Can’t the gods go anywhere?”
“Uh-uh,” I said, shaking my head. “Most gods can go only two places: their own domain and earth. That’s why you’ll never see Kali in Olympus, or Ishtar in Abhassara. I haven’t visited even a quarter of the places I could go. Never been to any of the heavens. Went to Nirvana once, but it was kind of boring—don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful plane, but the complete absence of desire meant nobody wanted to talk to me. Mag Mell is truly gorgeous; you’ve gotta go there. And you’ve gotta go to Middle Earth to see the Shire.”
“Shut up!” She punched me in the arm. “You haven’t been to Middle Earth!”
“Sure, why not? It’s bound to our world like all the other planes. Elrond is still in Rivendell, because that’s where people think of him being, not the Gray Havens—and I’m telling you right now he looks nothing like Hugo Weaving. I also went to Hades once so I could ask Odysseus what the sirens had to say, and that was a mindblower. Can’t tell you what they said, though.”
“You’re going to tell me I’m too young again, aren’t you?”
“No. You simply have to hear it for yourself to properly appreciate it. It involves hasenpfeffer and sea serpents and the end of the world.”
Granuaile narrowed her eyes at me and said, “Fine, don’t tell me. So what’s your plan for Asgard?”
“Well, first I have to choose a root to climb, but that’s easy: I’d rather avoid Ratatosk, so I’m going up the one from Jötunheim. Not only does Ratatosk rarely travel it, but it’s a far shorter climb from there than from Niflheim. Now, since you seem to have been reading up on this, tell me what direction I must go to find where the Well of Mimir would be bound to this plane.”
“East,” Granuaile said immediately. “Jötunheim is always to the east.”
“That’s right. To the east of Scandinavia. The Well of Mimir is tethered to a sub-arctic lake some distance from the small Russian town of Nadym. That’s where I’m going.”
“I’m not up-to-date on my small Russian towns. Where exactly is Nadym?”
“It’s in western Siberia.”
“All right, you go to this particular lake, then what?”
“There will be a tree root drinking from the lake. It will not be an ash tree, more of a stunted evergreen, because it’s essentially tundra up there. Once I find this root, I touch it, bind myself to it, pull my center along the tether, and then I’m hugging the root of Yggdrasil on the Norse plane, and the lake will be the Well of Mimir.”
Granuaile’s eyes shone. “I can’t wait until I can do this. And from there you just climb it, right? Because the root of the World Tree has to be huge.”
“Yes, that’s the plan.”
“So how far from the trunk of Yggdrasil is it to Idunn’s place?”
“I shrugged. “Never been there before, so I’m going to have to wing it. I’ve never found any maps of it; you’d think someone would have made an atlas of the planes by now, but noooo.”
Granuaile frowned. “Do you even know where Idunn is?”
“Nope,” I said, a rueful smile on my face.
“It’s going to be tough to steal an apple for Laksha, then.” Yes, the prospect was daunting, but a deal was a deal: I had promised to steal a golden apple from Asgard in return for twelve dead Bacchants in Scottsdale. Laksha Kulasekaran, the Indian witch, had held up her end of the bargain, and now it was my turn. There was a chance I’d be able to pull off the theft without consequences, but there was no chance that I could renege on the deal and not face repercussions from Laksha.

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Hammered 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
whfanatic More than 1 year ago
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.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
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.
ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
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.
GourmetMama More than 1 year ago
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?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Tempe, Arizona Atticus O'Sullivan enjoys life to the fullest except when the Irish Gods locate him as they want to execute him for some affront or two or more he made over his twenty-one centuries of life. The last known Druid would like just drink beer or whiskey and eat fish and chips with friends like Jesus, but he muses some enemies never forgive. He currently wants to kick his naked butt for promising Lakasha that he would stealthy visit Asgard to steal an apple. That would be enough problems, but his pal Viking vampire Leif Helgarson asks for his help in assassinating the abusive Thor. Jesus and Morrigan warn Atticus to stick to suds rather than mess with a raging god who shoots bolts, but his promise means he must act at the same the Russian demon hunters Hammers of God are making Arizona a dangerous place to be. The Third iron Druid Chronicles (see Hexed and Hounded) continues the fun escapades of the antihero who just wants to drink beer and dine on Jesus' fish and chips, but lands in one predicament after another because his word is golden. The satirical urban fantasy lampoons testosterone heroes as they get into a penis contest to determine who the female amongst them is; the "loser" washes the dishes and serves the drinks. Atticus keeps the plot focused as he ignores the warnings of his deity friends and his canine buddy to fulfill a promise that could end his two millennia plus existence. This is a great series as no god walks away unscathed in Kevin Hearne's vision of Arizona, home for a lot of illegal deities and other unlawful paranormal immigrants. Harriet Klausner
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
It really should be no surprise that I had a good time with this book. After reading and enjoying the first two books in this series, I was really excited to dive into this third installment. Just in case you are wondering, this is a series that should be read in order. The book started out with a lot of action and really kept the pace up until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this adventure with Atticus. Atticus has a few debts to pay in this book. The first order of business is retrieving a golden apple for a local witch. Even though this sounds like a rather simple act, it proves to be anything but. He then is tasked with leading a group to kill Thor. I wondered why this group would be so determined to end the life of Thor but as each member shared their history with the god it became quite evident. This was an action-packed tale that kept Atticus on the move for the bulk of the book. There was a whole lot of action worked into the story and I felt like Atticus was in a whole lot of danger during several scenes. My biggest complaint with this book was that I really would have liked to see more of Oberon but that is just because he is my favorite character in the series. I love the fact that there is a lot of humor worked into the story to balance everything out. Luke Daniels does an amazing job with this book. I think that he really does take this story to the next level and I couldn't imagine experiencing this series in any other way. He is able to handle a very large cast of characters with ease and uses distinctive voices for all of the key players. He even narrates the voice of Oberon, a dog, convincingly. I think that he was able to add a lot of excitement to the story through his reading and I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time. I would highly recommend this series to others. I think that this book is able to combine great characters, a lot of excitement, a few laughs, and some tension very well. I can't wait to continue reading this wonderful series.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read the three books in this series back to back. This was my least favorite of the three because it didn't really advance the story of Atticus, and didn't have much of Oberon in it. I like Atticus and want to read about him - I'm not particularly interested in the pantheon of various gods, what they look like, or what their 'super powers' are. And without Oberon, a huge component of the story's humor is missing.I was not particularly smitten with the way the story was told around the halfway mark, after Atticus took his "friends" after Thor... it remained quite educational, but the story changed from a story of Atticus to a "storytime" with other characters - characters we don't know and probably don't really need to care about. This gave the author a chance to share some more mythological information, but it also made the story turn into some sort of "Bard's Tale" a la Canterbury Tales style. While this isn't necessarily bad in itself, I picked up this book because I wanted to follow Atticus' story, and for at least 1/3 of the book, the story has little to do with him.The next book in the series is due out soon... I will pick it up because I want to know how things turn out (few loose threads left dangling at the end of this book), I just hope it returns to Atticus and Oberon and not the various mythological worlds.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles and once again picks up right where the second ([Hexed]) left off. The action, as always, is break-neck paced. In fact one has to wonder how the main character has survived 2000 years when he has managed to severely deplete two separate pantheons in the space of a couple of months. The trademark humour is also present (In some ways its probably the goofiest of the three) though it does end on a fairly dark note. Eminently readable but probably the weakest book in the series so far in my reckoning.
cat8864 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit better written then the rest, but the pacing is still leaving any form of subtlety or decent build-up behind. Mostly conversation, magic explainations and fighting - very little else. And the story telling part, while it was in the words of those who are currently in the modern world, was too much in modern language given that at least two of the tellers supposedly have problems with the modern language.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in The Iron Druid Chronicles. The fourth will be titled, Tricked, and is scheduled for a May 2012 release last that I heard. This was an excellent installment in this series and we learn a lot about the history of Leif, Atticus, and others. I listened to this on audiobook and the audio book is very well done. I would actual recommend listening to this on audio book if you like audio books, the narrator is really phenomenal.Atticus promised Leif that if Leif helped him out with the evil witch coven in Hexed, Atticus would help Leif hunt down and kill Thor. Leif is determined to make good on Atticus's promise. First of course Atticus has to fulfill his promise to the witch that helped him out in Hexed and steal some golden apples. Then there are other complications when rumors of Leif's injury gets out starting a vampire turf war. The major part of the story though focuses on Atticus, Leif, and the other supernaturals that help them out on their quest to destroy Thor. Will killing Thor be worth the repercussions?This was another excellent installment in this series. I am just totally in love with this series. This book tackles some serious issues, some hilarious issues, and some interesting history. How Hearne can continue to continue to blend hilarious scenes with a salad shooter (which had me laughing my butt off) into a story that also addresses the difficultly in deciding when it is good to let someone you love grow old instead of granting them immortality I will never understand, but he is awesome at it.This book also tackles the tough question of when is revenge worth it. How many bad things does a person have to do to make it necessary to make heavy sacrifices to destroy them? In this case of course that person is Thor. Via Leif, Gunnar, a Chinese immortal, and Finnish thunder god we are treated to in depth tales of Thor's past evil doings and shown just how big of a jerk Thor can be. I enjoyed the part of the book that went through each of their stories chapter by chapter; it gave each character a lot of history and was fascinating. It was also fun to watch as the Norse mythology of Ragnarok slowly began to unravel and fall apart.The other thing Hearne does very well is blend Atticus's everyday life with the concept of living thousands of years. For example as a reader we follow Atticus's everyday activities, but then we also get to listen in on a conversation between Jesus Christ and Atticus. This little aside between Jesus and Atticus gives the reader incite into what it actually means to be thousands of years old, Atticus is older than Jesus for Christ's sake!This is an urban fantasy that blends a multitude of mythologies, is action packed, heartfelt, humorous, filled with wonderful character and has a non-stop plot. I really can't think of anything I disliked about this book. Reading this book was just so much darn fun! It ends well and I really cannot wait to see what Hearne does in his next book Tricked. This is definitely an urban fantasy, not much romance present, still don't let that stop you from reading it if you are a paranormal romance fan.Overall an absolutely stellar addition to this series. This series is quickly becoming my favorite urban fantasy series. Fans of The Dresden Files and Kate Daniels series should definitely check this series out. This series is hilarious and interesting and heartfelt and just overall very well done.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A plot that is dark, bloody and humorous, Hammered is an enjoyable read.Opening Sentence: According to popular imagination, squirrels are supposed to be adorable.Review:Kevin Hearne has created an amazing world where gods and monsters are real. Vampires, Werewolves, Immortals, Heaven and Hell exist and Atticus O¿Sullivan has seen it all. Hammered finds Atticus sneaking into Asgard, preparing for the war against Thor.Atticus is a two thousand year old Druid. He hasn¿t been alive that long by making idiotic choices. He tries as hard as he can to avoid the anger of the gods, but by just being alive he suffers the wrath of some god or other immortal. Thor is one god that has mostly ignored him, but has made other people¿s lives hell.One of the really good qualities of Atticus is that he is a man of his word, and in a time of need he makes an idiotic pact with Liam, a vampire, that needs Atticus¿ help to go after Thor for revenge. It is a pact that he will uphold even though he is sure that he will not survive.Always a loner, Atticus now has two companions that he knows will suffer if he is dead. Oberon an Irish wolfhound is Atticus¿ pet dog; they have a telepathic connection to each other. Oberon is hilarious, he often had me laughing out loud, read this book for the dog, although sadly he is missing during a huge chunk while Atticus is in Asgard. Atticus¿ other companion is Granuaile, a beautiful young bartender that has begun an apprenticeship in Druidism. After Atticus returns from his first run into Asgard, he begins to make preparations in the event he doesn¿t come back or even worse makes it back with angry gods chasing him for revenge.¿Every man for himself¿ and ¿There is no I in team¿ are two expressions that don¿t belong together, yet they are two big themes in Hammered. Atticus teams up with misfit monsters and low level gods, each of whom have a beef with Thor. All of the men are loners, except for Gunner, the Alpha of the werewolf pack in Tempe, Arizona where Atticus currently lives. All of these men do not rely on anyone else, they only rely on themselves to get through life but in order to go up against Thor they must rely on each other and work together.Not only is the battle with Thor looming on the horizon but there are the stirrings of a turf war in Arizona. Vampires believe the area to be fair game since Liam had been hurt in a previous battle. They want to destroy the peace that the werewolves and witches have gained. Atticus, Liam and Gunner have more than one battle they must contend with, and Atticus is burdened with making sure he can bring them back home alive.I love mythology and this series is full of it. Kevin Hearne has done an amazing job mixing Druid, Norse, Greek, Finnish folklore and so much more into his story. Major and minor deities, anyone who may have been worshipped at one time or another in any culture could be represented in this series. The gods are real people and they live and interact with the people on Earth. My favorite chapters from Hammered are when the men are about to go into battle and they each tell their stories. Their stories are rich with history, mythology and Thor bashing.Atticus is written with a wry sense of humor. He often speaks his mind and for such an old man he is most definitely a modern geek at heart.Overall, Hammered is heartbreakingly good. The action flows seamlessly between Asgard and Earth. The world building sets a gritty and dark atmosphere for the events in this book. The consequences of the actions in Asgard are going to weigh heavily on Atticus and his future. Tricked is the next book in the series.Notable Scene:The shouted warning from the trailing riders was too late to save the second Valkyrie on the near side of the V. I sliced through her skull and spine with nothing more than the force of gravity, Fragarach sliding through armor and flesh like scissors through silk. The halves of her body sheare
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bought for myselfOverall Rating 4.50Audio Rating 4.50Story Rating 4.75Humor Rating 4.25NOTE: Hammered is the 3rd book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. This is definitely the most emotional of the 3 books with the humor taking a slight back seat. I highly recommend the audio version as Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration.What I Loved: Hammered is a hard story to review without giving away spoilers, which I refuse to do. Where Hounded and Hexed were very fun almost light reads, Hammered packed a wallop of an emotional punch. It is my favorite entry in this series. The introduction of some new characters and the journey of some of the old characters were so well done that I was on the edge waiting to see what is going to happen to next. My favorite part was learning about everyone's back stories through their own words. The camp fire bro-bonding was just by far the best emotional storytelling that Kevin Hearne has written. That being said, Jesus probably had my favorite moment in the book!What I Liked: I really like how Kevin Hearne is able to balance humor and emotional wallops in Hammered. Plus, I know I have said this before but could he have gotten a better narrarator for the audio book than Luke Daniels? I think not! He really did manage to pull off all the many voices needed for Hammered.Complaints: Not enough Oberon and a small cliffhanger! Both of those are just because I love Oberon and I have zero waiting patience!Why I gave it a 4.50: This has been my favorite book in the series to date! Overall this is a series I didn't expect to like and yet I fell in love with! Now if I could just get my hands on book 4: Tricked
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite new urban fantasy series remains just as strong in its third volume.Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan thought he settled down in Tempe, Arizona, to get away from warfare and bickering gods. Unfortunately, the gods came for him and he was forced to do some slicing and dicing. Killing presumed immortals has now given Atticus something of a reputation, and he's been begged to take out the most obnoxious gods in all the pantheons: Thor. As if it's not enough that there's a vampire war brewing in Phoenix and a mob of demented Russian demon hunters are on his tail! Now Atticus prepares to infiltrate Asgard... even though he's been warned by several potent deities that his actions will have consequences that could harm the entire world.I loved this book. Hearne has created a world with steady rhythm of action and wit that reminds me of fabulous shows like Firefly. That's not a compliment I hand out lightly. There are very few books I find laugh out loud funny throughout, or that I want to pass along to someone and say, "Hey, you have to read this line." The big complaint I have? THE ENDING. It qualifies as torture. Thank goodness more books are on the way, but now I have to wait until next April to see what happens next.
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I think I've found a new series to dive into. I'm always happy when I read and love the first two books of a series because I anticipate more to come. In this instance, I believe there are 6 more books and a couple of novellas. YEAH!
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