Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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.
I love you, Atticus! Yes, I have a love affair with a fictional character. Have you read the Iron Druid Chronicles? If you have, then you understand. If you haven’t, then you are missing out big time! No really, you are, and I feel bad for you. So read it. Now.
I listened to Hammered on audiobook, and it was great! Luke Daniels narrated, just as he did the previous books. Again, he is the perfect person for this series. He captures Atticus’s personality amazingly, and he does a wonderful job with all of the different accents and voices for the other characters. I can’t imagine anyone else narrating these books.
Hammered picks up not too long after Hexed left off, and of course, someone is always wanting/needing Atticus’s help. This round, Thor is on the Druid’s radar, and this battle is a whopper! Thor is a total d-bag and has messed with one too many lives, but going after him may cause Atticus a lot. I really liked Hearne’s take on Thor, and of course throwing in Atticus’s humor on it just made it even better.
Hearne writes the best characters, more specifically Atticus. I literally laugh out loud way too often while read/listening to this series. Something else I enjoyed about Hammered, was that we got some insight to Atticus’s past. It was like finally getting to see another side of him. There are so many other seriously awesome characters in this book, that it would take too long to go through. Even the characters that make short appearances make a big impact.
Overall, Hammered is a great addition to one of my favorite series. I honestly don’t think Hearne can disappoint me. And the ending.. WOW. I’m not even joking, you must read this! Must, I tell you!