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Hammered (with bonus short story): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three by [Hearne, Kevin]
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"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


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About the Author

Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

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  • File Size: 3316 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WLOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Odysseus Who? Atticus continues his modern day odyssey in Hammered, and Hearne's druid is making Homer's hero look like a little punk with his epic adventures. After all, even Odysseus didn't go after a full fledge god like Thor.

Too bad Dos Equis isn't an Irish brew because Atticus could definitely win the bid for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Delight in the oddities and misfortunes that have become Atticus' life. Drinks with Jesus. A Shakespearean duel with a vampire. Suggestive salad spinning with a young beautiful apprentice. A bareback ride on a giant squirrel. And getting slapped around by the Morrigan. Sounds like just another day for Atticus O'Sullivan.

The Iron Druid is a man of his word, and it's time to make good on some promises he made. Even if it kills him. First he has to retrieve a golden apple for a certain witch. Then Atticus is to escort Leif to Asgard to take on the patron God of Jerks. They'll pick up some backup along the way and introduce us to some new and endearing characters all with a grudge against Thor. And honestly when someone like Jesus concedes your a thundering D-Bag, you probably deserve the angry lynch mob coming for you.

But O'Sullivan's actions aren't without consequence. Not everyone will come out of the fray alive and with the possible relocation of the local coven, pack upheaval within the werewolf community, and vampire unrest in Arizona the cost of revenge could be too high. The wait for the next installment definitely too long.

Again I have to reccomend the audiobook version of this series. Hammered was just as excellently performed as Hounded, and Hexed. Kevin's words are pure magic when Luke Daniels is narrating them. He did another outstanding job with Atticus and company.
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Books 1 and 2 were amazing, and I had such high hopes for book 3. Sadly, this one does not live up to the previous 2.

It seems like Atticus does not do anything in this book. He's involved only because his friends need him to be, but without his own dog in the fight, he just sort of drifts along though the plot. It was great to find out why Thor had to die, but that could have easily been covered "off-stage." The fight with the Norse gods, which was supposed to be the climax of the book, was over too fast, and little was done about the character deaths. ** SPOILER ALERT ** Those deaths were just glossed over; more time was spent trying to put Leif's head back together than was spent discussing the death of Gunnar! He just dies and Atticus goes on to the next step, as if the loss of his friend was nothing. (He seemed more concerned about how Hal would react to being alpha than he did about the fact his friend was killed in front of him.)

Also, Oberon, who was my favorite character in the previous books, barely appears in this one. I understand why Atticus could not take him, but not having the dog's comments left a hole in the book.
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With Hounded & Hexed, Kevin Hearne has pretty much established himself as one of urban fantasy's best new voices. Not surprisingly, expectations were sky-high for Hammered, the third volume of The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Hammered begins with Atticus O'Sullivan undertaking a reconnaissance mission in Asgard. The plan is to retrieve a golden apple that would cancel his debt with the Indian witch Laksha, while also relieving Thor of his power and godhood. Unfortunately, like many of his past outings, the mission doesn't go as planned and Atticus ends up making things worse. His plan botched, Atticus returns to Arizona to settle some business before dealing with Thor. This involves Atticus' Third Eye bookstore and Granuaile MacTiernan, the latter of which is further explored in the short story, "A Test of Mettle". The book also features the return of the Jewish demon hunters from Hexed as well as the appearance of someone who will surprise many readers. Meanwhile, joining Atticus in his quest against Thor is Lief, Gunnar and three other very powerful individuals, thus setting the stage for Hammered...

Like its predecessors, Hammered features a liberal does of humor, which is one of the most consistently fun factors in The Iron Druid Chronicles, with the Irish wolfhound Oberon once again stealing most of the show with lines like "Anyplace is good so long as there's sausage and bitches", "Oh look it's a dead guy and a wet dog", and "Pai Mei's probably on Facebook right now, look him up." Despite the humor, The Iron Druid Chronicles has progressively become darker with each volume with Hammered the darkest book yet. The author never descends to all-out gore in Hammered, but there is lots of violence and death, tragic histories, depressing futures, and a more overall serious tone.
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I loved the first two books in this series. This one left me shaking my head. Atticus suddenly seems untrue to the character established earlier, making obviously lousy decisions and going off on exactly the kind of testosterone-poisoned violent spree that he has seemed both too smart for, and practiced in avoiding.

I like so much about this series, but I have been frustrated in each book by the way the author keeps two recurrent and interesting characters offstage - Oberon and Granuaille. Neither has more than a cameo in this one. I would rather go more deeply into the great characters Hearne has established and learn more about the pantheons we've already explored than be endlessly introduced to new ones at the expense of their development.

I'll keep reading, but I'm not as excited as I was about this series. I love Atticus' humor and insight, and I have really appreciated his balance of an essentially peaceful Druidic nature with bad-ass heroics. That balance seems entirely gone here.
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