Hammered by Kevin Hearne is the third book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, the story of a very old druid living in the modern world and trying to avoid pissing off too many old gods at one time ;-). There will definitely be spoilers below for those of you who haven’t read Hounded (book one, 4.5 stars!) and Hexed (book two, 3 stars), so feel free to check out those reviews instead just to be safe. For those of you who have read the series, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on whether I should continue. I had high hopes for Hammered, but it ended up falling fairly flat for me. Since this is now a two-book trend, I’m worried that this just isn’t the series for me :(.
Note: I listened to Hammered on audio, which definitely impacts my reading experience.
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(Iron Druid Chronicles #3)
Published by Del Rey on July 5th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 310 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- A strength of the Iron Druid Chronicles as a whole is emphasized in Hammered: even more uncommon and awesome myths brought to life. Hammered focuses on Atticus’ problems with the Norse pantheon, but that means that he gets to hang out with a number of pantheons that aren’t thrilled with the Norse, such as Scandinavian folk heroes and other thunder gods :D.
- There has been a lot of build-up about Thor and how much of a jerk he is, so it was awesome to FINALLY find out why everyone hates him so much. It was amusing to hear about how everything has started to get confusing where Thor is concerned because of pop culture too ;-).
- Hammered has a lot of new secondary characters that I liked a lot and also gave us the chance to learn more about some secondary characters that have mostly been on the fringes. The werewolves in particular played a much larger role than in previous books and we get to find out their history as a pack.
- I’m a big fan of Norse mythology, so it was awesome to have the focus be all about the Norse, including lots of lesser known stories. Apparently there is a giant squirrel on the world tree, I never knew that, ha!
- The epilogue completely caught me off guard in a great way. I had been pretty sure I was content leaving the series off here, but then that epilogue came and now I’m dying to know what is going on (someone tell me please! But maybe not, gah, I don’t know!).
- Since the plot is focused on Atticus finally battling Thor, there is no mystery that needs to be solved and very little to keep me interested. I found myself completely bored since it was pretty clear how things would go so I just wanted to be done.
- My love for Oberon will never die and I was really disappointed that he and a certain druid-in-training were both missing from Hammered for the most part. They apparently really made the first two books for me.
- I felt like I could have been playing “fantasy boss battle” bingo with how predictable the second half of Hammered was. I knew that some characters of middling sentimental value would die, check. I knew that Atticus would ultimately come out on top, check. Some minor setback would screw up their plan but Atticus would figure out how to overcome it, check. You see why I’m worried that this just isn’t the series for me now? :(
- I got REALLY annoyed at the jokes that Atticus and the frost giants were making about Freya because they got pretty darn sexist. The frost giants want Freya in exchange for helping battle the Norse and made some pretty lewd implications that if taken to their worst interpretation are really really bad obviously. This is probably why I tend to read urban fantasy written by women with female leads since it is less likely to be a problem….
While I love the world and general premise of the Iron Druid Chronicles, Hammered has me worried that I am just not the target audience for these stories anymore. I remember hearing that Hammered was one of the better of the series, making it seem even more likely that I should give up at this point. What do you think? Should I break up with the Iron Druid Chronicles or does it get better? Also can someone please message me about what is going on with the widow because gah!?!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
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