Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Review: Hammered by Kevin HearneHammered by Kevin Hearne

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Brilliance Audio on 5 July 2011
Pages: 9 hours 40 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: 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 plane 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.

The Delight

A quest, a chase, and a paranormal road trip to kill a god.  The last druid is working hard to get on the most dangerous bad lists and I loved having Luke Daniels as the narrator telling me how Atticus got through on the skin of his teeth.

Review

Hammered is the third book of the Iron Druid Chronicles that I’m slowly making my way through in audio with the wry, amusing Luke Daniels telling the story.  This Urban Fantasy series really must be read/listened to in order because each installment builds on the ones before it.  In fact, the pair of adventures in Hammered is a result of Atticus cleaning up his debts to those he asked a favor in the previous book.

Each book, it seems Atticus is engaged with a new mythology and this one was the Norse myths since Atticus ventures to Asgard and tangles with the Norse gods.  The first time alone and the second time with Leif the Vampire and Gunnar the werewolf.  This was all guy adventures away from Phoenix.  There were brief look ins with the Widow, Granuielle and Oberon, and even Coyote.

I enjoyed this one.  There were some hilarious moments like Atticus and Oberon discussing the possibility of a bacon cheeseburger latte and Atticus encounter with Jesus.

But that said, I felt it was not as engaging as the first two stories.  There is a lot of downtime on the action, but not in a way that kept my focus.  In the first part, Atticus is having a mental angel on his shoulder thing with Spock and Kirk the angels then later, there are background stories for why Leif and Gunnar want to go after Thor.  It wasn’t boring per se, but it didn’t move the plot along, either.
The ending definitely had me sharply back in focus and ready for more of this series which I’m glad I can move right into the next on.

On a side note, I did pause to read the freebie on Kevin Hearne’s blog: Test of Mettle that takes place during the time when Atticus is off with Leif and Gunnar.  It’s Granuielle’s story and it was a good one.

What makes this series an even better experience for me is definitely getting it in audio with Luke Daniel’s narration.  He gets the large cast of characters with their accents and personalities oh-so right.  At this point, I feel it would lose something for me going back to just print editions for the rest of the series.

All in all, it was good, but not a favorite of the series.  It is moving toward bigger things so that I can accept.  I highly recommend the series for the fun quips, culture references, paranormal world building and characters.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • What a fun sounding mythology/UF series! Glad to hear by the end the story brought you back and that the narration is great! Lovely review, Sophia Rose!

    • It is a riot, Cyn. There are great laugh out loud moments, but its great for the action, too. And Luke Daniels is a perfect match for the series. 🙂

  • Sophia, I own book one both on eBook and audio but haven’t started it. I really need to!

    • You are in for a treat, Kimberly. 🙂 This is exciting and different and the characters are the best stuff.

  • Sorry you didn’t love this one as much as you’d hoped, but I’m glad the end makes you want to go back for more!

    Great review.

    • Yes, it was not holding my attention as well, but even moderately likeable it was better than some. And yes, worth it to keep going for more, Angie. 🙂

  • I’m so late with this series as I still have book 1 to read but I have it!

    • Well worth it no matter when you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

  • I’ve read a couple of reviews for this and it’s sounding really good to me.

    • You’d probably get a kick out of the series, Mary. And its desert city locales would probably seem extra familiar to you. 🙂

  • This is a series that I have seen a lot of good reviews for. I do hope to read it someday. It is good to know that the audio is well done. I may have to go that route.

    • Oh good. I think you’ll enjoy it, Carole and Luke Daniel’s narration is worth the audio format. 🙂

  • I am so behind. I do have this series on the to listen pile upon your recommendation with the first book. Fun song match up 😉

    • So many to catch up on, right Velvet?

      LOL, I got all sorts of travel songs in my head during the scenes where Atticus, Leif and Gunnar were roaring down the Arizona highway in the Mustang. 🙂

  • I can’t tell you how much I love this series. LOVE. Moreso than Jim Butcher by a mile.

    • Really? I still haven’t read any of Jim Butcher’s series, but I will eventually. I do love Atticus and the other recurring characters and the Iron Druid world is great with the action and humor elements.

  • I really love this series. I’m all caught up (just recently listened to the most recent release from Oberon’s POV). I loved Spock and Kirk as the angel/devil on the shoulder. Daniels is amazing.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I love when Oberon gets bigger roles in the stories. He really does write him in a way that I believe I’m getting dog thoughts. The Spock and Kirk were funny.