Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
by Kevin Hearne 

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Mythology
Reading Grade: Adult
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Source: purchased paperback
Age Rating: 17+

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... 
My Review

Ugh! Death by ravaging cliffhanger! After that one, I'm smarting a bit. I usually find it easy to wait for the next anticipated book in a series, even if it's a year before it will come out. But, this time I'm wasted at the intense presence of this cliffhanger. Beware the cliffhanger of DOOM...

Now, on to my actual review of this book. This installment is so fan-freaking-tastic that I don't feel like I can assemble the right words together. I'm also severely tired, as I have only just finished reading it, and it's 1:30 in the morning (this was written 1 ½ weeks ago). Atticus is gearing up to help pick a fight with a certain thunder god—Tall, Blond and Lightning himself. Yeah, we really get a good idea of what Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning, is really like, and it is not good. He has wronged far too many people and he needs to be taken down.

If you'll recall in Book 2, or not if you haven't read it yet, Atticus agreed to join his fabulously handsome and old-fashionedly quirky lawyer that I'm in love with, Leif Helgarson, on a mission to take revenge on Thor, who more rightly ought to be regarded as the god of douchebags. Leif has assembled a team of immortal dudes who are all sporting murderous rage against that lightning/hammer guy, too. I love how through the tales each of them tell each other around a campfire—good ol' male bonding—we learn their origin stories, not just how they were wronged by Thor and how awful he is.

My favorite character has been Leif since book 2, and we really get a vivid picture of who he is, how he became a vampire, and how old he is (very old), amongst other juicy tidbits. Leif fans will adore this one, although may find the ending to be a bit hard to swallow. But, I'm super happy with all the background info on him, and his strengthening friendship with Atticus. It's beautiful, man!

Anyway, again, I laughed so hard I nearly pooped a cow (I won't say this expression the Irish way because I am not in anyway Irish, and that would make me look foolish. Although, I've probably already managed that just now). I didn't hurt myself this time, at least, but Atticus reached new levels of funneh, and his questions to Leif about the secrets of vampirehood were just so friggin' hilarious, it made the whole book worth reading right there!

But, seriously, this book does everything—makes you laugh out loud (lolcat style), makes you cry (especially at Gunnar's and Leif's tales, if not at them directly when they battle the gods), and makes you gasp in horror at the Star Wars Force-infused cliffhanger that threatens to choke you like Darth Vader's death grip. You will fall in love with this series if you haven't already, and if you're already there, you will fall that much more in love with it. It's the best one, so far. With all this in mind, you have been warned....

My score: 5 out of 5 stars. (Wish I could award it more!) 



  1. I'm still waiting on the second book from the library. I just can't wait to read all these books. For some reason, I love a great campfire kinda scene where everyone gets to tell their stories. I know it could be misconstrued as poor plotting but I am a sucker for it every time.

    1. @Lan: The campfire scene really helps with understanding the reasons why Thor is such a d-bag, which we need to know, and we get the origin stories on a couple of very important characters in the series, namely Leif and Gunnar. So, no poor plotting there, in my opinion. You'll see what I mean when you read this installment.

  2. I am so very, very impatient for the next book in the series to come out. I was a little grumpy over the cliffhanger, and got my tail in a knot (so to speak) that Oberon wasn't in this story more often, even though I understood why he wasn't...all of which is to say, book #4 can't come soon enough for me! Love the humor, love the characters. SO excited you and Lan are *finally* reading this series so we can chat about it! LOL

    1. @BJ: Yes, that cliffhanger can only make you grumpy, to say the least, but I'm happy I don't have to wait all that long for book 4. Isn't it great all three of us can talk about this series now! We need to chat on Twitter all at once about it, or something. Have a chat session! Well, once Lan gets caught up with us, that is.

  3. That's it. Obviously I have to clear the deck and read this series NOW. My audible credit just came in this morning, so I will download book 1 tonight. I just love sexy vampires!

    1. @Camille: Yes, you DO need to clear a deck and make time for this series. You will not regret it. You can join our gabbing group of Iron Druid groupies!

  4. Whad'ya know? I went to Audible and all 3 were Iron Druid books were on sale! I got the first 2.

    BTW, have you read Soulless by Gail Carriger yet? Steampunk with vampires and totally HILARIOUS. If you're looking for another good series to crack a rib on, I definitely recommend it.

    1. @Camille: That's great! Now you can read them and see what all the fuss is about.

      I haven't read Soulless yet, but I have it on my Kindle. I'm going to have to get to reading it soon, I know. It's totally one of those books I mean to read, but can never get to!

  5. Gah, Cathy!!! You maker want to read this series right now. Could the books possibly any funnier than your review? I'm laughing here! Maybe I'll have my TBR list caught up before the next book comes out. That way i won't experience Death by Cliffhanger!
    Great review, as always!

    1. @Andrea: Yeah, the book is far funnier than my review, lol. If you take your time reading the first 3 books, you won't have to wait to read the 4th, and that'd make you so lucky!


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