Hello fellow urban fantasy fans it’s time for another mini review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Hammered by Kevin Hearne.
This year, as you may know, I set myself the long overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.
Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 This means that I only write full detailed reviews for the books (ARCs) I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started The Iron Druid Chronicles back in 2018! Eek!
Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #3) by Kevin Hearne
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.
An Epic Adventure With This Modern Day Druid.
I’m becoming a big fan of Kevin Hearne’s stories. I love his writing style. It’s intelligent, well researched but easy to read. His stories are full of threads but never leave me feeling confused. Kevin keeps me hooked from the first to the last page. There was nothing about Hammered that I didn’t enjoy.
I once again downloaded the narration to listen to the story while reading. Christopher Ragland’s performance was amazing and transported me into this adventure. The pace at which he read the story and the emotion he added to the different scenes was inspired. Honestly, his female voices aren’t quite as believable as his male ones. However, I love the accents he crafted for each character – his performance bringing each one to life.
While I’m talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series. They’re complex beings created with their own tales and histories. It makes each character feel real and believable. I became invested in this band of beings looking for justice and revenge – I cried, laughed and raged with them. However, Oberon, Atticus’ faithful Irish Wolfhound is the BEST, he just lights up my heart in every scene he’s in.
I think the story unfolded at a good pace. Never giving us any more information than Atticus had. Therefore we journeyed with him, never really knowing when or where the next attack would strike. I loved the action-packed pace of this book, spending most of my time on the edge of my seat.
Hammered is the third book in the Iron Druid Chronicles so a lot has happened. However, Kevin Hearne does a good job of weaving in any pertinent information into the story seamlessly. I didn’t notice any detrimental effects to the flow or pace. Therefore new readers (or us rather forgetful older readers) can enjoy Hammered. PLUS there’s no perilous life-or-death cliffhanger (woop!woop!) so it could be read as a standalone title.
I’ve become emotionally invested in this series. I can’t wait to see what trials and adventures Atticus O’Sullivan and Oberon have to face next!
Buy HAMMERED (or catch up with the whole series) in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add Hammered to your towering TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,