Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Published by Brilliance Audio, Del Rey on July 5, 2011
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours, 40 minutes
Narrator: Luke Daniels
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My Reviews in this series: Hounded, Hexed
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.
HAMMERED really showcases just how stupid and stubborn Atticus can be. While I like him I also really don’t like him. He seems to kill much too negligently. I mean come on man, what did some of these people do to you, and can you think just a smidge further ahead for a change in regards to other people’s lives!? If I go into detail it would require major spoilers. Suffice to say some of his actions just seemed so short sighted to me. Yes, I believe in keeping your word but dang Atticus has a way of leaving collateral damage bodies on the ground.
There were some interesting things going on in book 3:
– two visits to not Midgard that’s earth right….earth it’s late and over a week later Im writing this so I forget the name…Norse plane where the Gods live, oh yes, Asgard.
– some Tree climbing
– fish and chips and a few beers with hippie Jesus
– campfire male bonding, which then gives us some short stories. One from each member of the party that wants Thor dead tells their personal tale of what Thor did that made them want his death. Even though I normally hate breaks in chronology I really enjoyed these flashbacks
– A pretty epic battle. I give it to Hearne he wrote one heck of a fight scene!
What I would have liked more of
– always more Oberon because hey he’s the greatest dog ever
– less of Atticus being so nonchalant about the deaths of others just because he doesn’t know them personally.
– more humor…is it me or was this one just not as funny as the first two? Maybe it’s me, I’m still really excited to read the next one, especially to see how deep of a shit hole Atticus has dug for himself with everything that happened in this book.
I think HAMMERED has set up a whole lot of trouble for for Atticus and I am looking forward to finding out just what. And I admit it’ll be fun to see him get his butt kicked a little. But will he tho?