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Hammered by Kevin Hearne


by Kevin Hearne

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Series: Iron Druid Chronicles (3)

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Nasty in a lot of different directions. I still like Atticus, but again his decisions in earlier books are coming back to bite him - in this one, he gets a direct warning from Jesus (in the flesh - over a beer and some fish and chips) that he's on the wrong path, but he still goes ahead. End result: he survives, Thor doesn't, and neither do several of the group (recruited by Leif and Gunnar) that invade Asgard. Plus the long-term bad results that are clearly lying in wait from _these_ decisions... We don't see a lot of Oberon or Granuaile; basically all the action takes place in Asgard or on the way there. There's an interesting part where Atticus has to learn more about all the group he's bringing to Asgard so that his magic works; each of them tells the story of why they hate Thor. We learn a lot more about Leif, including that his friendship with Atticus started out with this invasion as its only aim. Leif claims that there's now more to the relationship, but Atticus has trouble believing that, for good reason. So - more backstory, on Atticus, Leif, Gunnar and the rest of the group; a fierce battle (which goes wrong in just about every possible way, right from the start); and the survivors escape and lie low. End of story. Less satisfying than many in the series. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 16, 2014 |
We get quite a look at the Norse mythology this time. Interesting & fun. That the gods have the manners & morals of spoiled children should come as no surprise & this is a perfect example. It's also fun to see how much trouble the druid can get into through trading for help & making promises. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Back to weak writing, plot so so. ( )
  libgirl69 | Jul 26, 2014 |
This book has Atticus finally going after Thor with a group of supernatural beings that all have an ax to grind with the hammer wielding bully. Atticus is warned several times not to do it that dire things will happen but a promise is a promise. He also plans to move since everyone now knows where he lives and works. The ending leaves you wanting the next book to find out what happens in the last few pages and that is all I will say about that.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
HAMMERED was another excellent addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. In this episode, Atticus needs to keep his promise to Leif and get him to Asgard where he can finally take his revenge on Thor. Now, Atticus has gotten all sorts of good advice from both Jesus and the Morrigan who tell him that this is a major bad idea. But Atticus has given his word.

Along with Leif and the werewolf alpha Gunnar are three other supernatural beings who also have a need for revenge against Thor. They include an Asian named Zhang Guo Lao, a Finnish semi-forgotten god named Vainamoinen, and a Russian thunder god named Perun. In a somewhat Canterbury Tales mode, we hear each of their stories about their reasons for wanting Thor dead.

I am always amazed and informed about various world mythologies when I read this series. The juxtaposition of characters out of legend with current culture makes these stories amazing. This is probably the first time I have ever gotten an ear worm from reading though. Atticus walks in on two frost giants making love and quickly needs something to erase the image from his mind. He chooses to focus on It's a Small World After All which he says is one of the most annoying songs ever. I agree!

This is also a story that begins lots of changes for Atticus. He will have to run and hide to avoid the ire of the rest of the gods. He spends time saying goodbye to his life in Tempe. He is leaving with not much more than his apprentice and his dog. His leave-taking brings up one of the downsides of a really, really long life. People you love don't live forever and every loss brings pain.

This is an excellent series for fans of urban fantasy. It just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to read more. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 29, 2014 |
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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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Hammered" is the third title in an original series about Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids. In this final outing, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson asks Atticus to help take down Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Original.

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