Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne ★★★★

Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book three in The Iron Druid Chronicles
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-0345522481
Page Count: 336
My Review:★★★★

Summary


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. Plus things are heating up in his 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 Norse gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

REVIEW

There are a couple of shocks to be found in this latest instalment if the Iron Druid Chronicles. This author isn't afraid to pull the rug out from under his readers, it seems. There was a great section that also really stood out for me in this one. It was still written first person from Atticus' point of view as in the other books, but this time there were four or five chapters in a row of different characters telling tales of Thor around a camp-fire. When the first person told their tale and it took an entire chapter I thought, "Huh, that was...unusual", and was surprised when it became apparent that we were going to get the same length of tale from each member of the group, but after that, I found myself getting lost in the stories and appreciated the way the different speakers put their individual tales across. Thor, the big butthead that he is, didn't come off well in any of them as you can well imagine by this point.

This series encompasses tonnes of mythology. I love all that, although I don't know if my enjoyment is helped by the fact that I already have a passing knowledge of the events of Ragnarök from other books I've read (see, reading urban fantasy makes you a smarty-pants!), so I was able to keep up with all the different gods and deities and such, but had I not, I might have gotten a bit bogged down with information overload. It would be hard for me to say for sure.

There's a bit of a mystery towards the end of the book. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, exactly, but I am very curious about a couple of the character's fates in the next book(s).

I have to do that "waiting" thing now for book four: Tricked, out in May 2012. I hate waiting, but I have loved these first three novels in the Iron Druid Chronicles immensely so you can bet I will be reading all the rest as soon as they come out.

I love the cover as always. He's such a perfect representation of Atticus to me.

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