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Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus could be the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden."--SFFworld.com
"Hearne provides lots of zippy plotting and rocking action scenes...fans will be thrilled."--Publishers Weekly
“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy
“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead
“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising
About the Author
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.
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It just didn't seem logical for the main character to put his friends, loved ones, Innocents, and the world at stake to fulfill an oath he should not have made, especially given warnings that two different gods gave him. It was irresponsible and seemingly out of character and led to so much carnage and collateral damage. It also seemed that they left behind a powerful weapon that also might have been used as a resurrection device. After dropping all the hints about that aspect, it felt like a big unfulfilled fumble.
I did enjoy the individual stories and male-bonding of the group of companions. I also enjoyed the short story included at the end.
Atticus is getting increasingly involved in other people's problems- quite a change from his previous choices to drift. That, of course makes him vulnerable- to pain within these relationships, and to threats toward his friends from without. Although he's 2100 years old, he's just beginning to learn how all this works...
This book's take on Thor is not mine, but I did enjoy it. Pretty much everyone hates Thor, because he is an ass. One that gets good press, granted, but still an ass. While Atticus has no affection for him either, he gets roped into participating in an expedition to kill Thor, by several people with good reasons for wanting Thor dead.
I very much enjoyed the chapters in which the members of the party told each other why they had it in for Thor, each in his own voice. I enjoyed the asides here, too, where Atticus muses on why stews in fantasy novels seem to be whipped up in less than an hour, while most stews take far longer to become edible (sing it!). Also when, after the stew, none of the other dudes is willing to risk his macho in order to wash the dishes, so Atticus volunteers- to everyone else's vast relief.
I am not entirely sure why Atticus intentionally tried to deflect things onto Bacchus- a god with a known hate-on for Druids. I would have thought discretion would be more appropriate. I expect it's a set-up for future plots.
Also, the book did end on something of a cliffhanger. I don't care for that. At least I'm coming to the series late, so I can get #4 fairly soon!
Very good third book in a series I am enjoying.
Atticus knew that going to Asgard with Leif was a really bad idea, but being the upstanding Druid that he was, he couldn’t break his oath to Leif. His plan was to remain on the side lines and basically be a means of transporting Leif and Gunnar so they could seek their revenge by taking out Thor. It was no surprise that the journey turned out much more complicated than he expected. It was also no surprise that he Atticus became neck deep in the action despite warnings from more than one person that things would not end well for him if he went up against Thor.
I can’t even begin to explain what one thing about this book made me like it so much. Of course there was Atticus and Oberon. I can’t get enough of that lovable, comical Wolfhound. Even though Oberon was absent throughout much of Hammered, he was in true form when he was around. The world building involved in the journey between Tempe and Asgard was phenomenal. This included not only the worlds themselves, but the creatures that were encountered. There were several new characters introduced, including one deity that I didn’t expect, but loved. The banter between the characters was hilarious. There were even some heart wrenching moments in Hammered that caught me off guard. Kevin Hearne used his characters’ emotions to the fullest to give readers very personal historical accounts. Those glimpses into those characters’ pasts were more than enough to paint a very vivid picture of how cruel and heartless Thor really was.
The humor in Hammered was over the top this time, which was good because it became a much needed and welcome diversion. The Star Trek references, complete with a ‘Druid’s Log’ were some of my favorites. Nothing compared however to the fact that I will never be able to listen to ‘Farmer in the Dell’ or ‘It’s a Small World’ and keep a straight face….ever. I dare you not to crack up when you get to that point in the book.
This is one time I’m glad that I started a series late. Hammered left readers hanging… almost literally. The fate of several characters hang in the balance. Thank goodness I have both Tricked and Trapped on my shelf ready and waiting. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t waste much time picking either one up. If you haven’t started the Iron Druid Chronicles yet, you really should pick up Hounded and give it a try.
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I am enjoying all of the books in this wonderful series.