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Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“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
When the naysayers say, “Nay, don’t mess with the man who wields the lightning bolts,” ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan would nod along and agree. But when multiple people convince him that Thor, the Norse god of thunder, needs to get got, he thinks maybe this is the one time he should ignore the advice of the wise—even if those sages include deities who tend not to be wrong about very much.
Because Thor has undeniably done somebody wrong—many somebodies, in fact, and Atticus doesn’t think he can simply dismiss it as someone else’s problem. Plus he has made promises that he doesn’t feel he can break, promises that will take him away from Midgard to the planes of the Norse, where his actions will create ripples throughout the nine realms.
On top of that there’s a turf war brewing amongst the vampires, a zealous group of mystic hunters called the Hammers of God running rampant, and a pack of werewolves who very much don’t wish to see their leader taken off to Valhalla.
In order to avoid being the nail underneath the hammer Mjöllnir, Atticus will need every ounce of Irish luck he can muster, and maybe the help of a few deities in his corner.
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“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.”—SFFWorld
“[The Iron Druid books] are clever, fast-paced and a good escape.”—Boing Boing
“Hearne understands the two main necessities of good fantasy stories: for all the wisecracks and action, he never loses sight of delivering a sense of wonder to his readers, and he understands that magic use always comes with a price. Highly recommended.”—The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
“Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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 Chimera
“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice . . . a savvy urban fantasy adventure.”—Library Journal
“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
“Outrageously fun.”—The Plain Dealer
“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 New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, the Ink & Sigil series, and the Seven Kennings series, and is co-author of The Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.
- Publisher : Del Rey (July 5, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345522486
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345522481
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.85 x 6.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atticus pledged to Leif that he would take him to Asgard to get revenge on the God of Thunder. What surprised me here is that readers actually get to find out why. Leif plans to bring four others with him on this vengeance quest, all of them with a grudge against Thor. In order to travel between planes with Atticus, the group must form a bond of brotherhood. And so each in turn tells his tale. This story time took up a lot material, but was well worth it as it expanded on the world-building. Readers get a glimpse of the world through the eyes of someone other than Atticus.
Though they are completely different mediums, there is one similarity between novels and films that I encounter frequently – the three act story. The author sets the stage of the plot, the characters plan their actions, and the big battle happens at the end. That is exactly what happens here with the majority of the action taking place in the last few chapters. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, but it’s predictable and here leaves the villain completely one dimensional. Readers never get a sense of Thor beyond him being an a@@hole, which is a shame since so many other gods are complex characters. Still, Hearne plays a long game and there is a lot here that is setting up for what is to come. Surely, if Thor gets his comeuppance, then Loki cannot be far behind?
Overall, this series keeps getting better and better and I look forward to more. Highly recommended.
Hearne can write, and the stories are entertaining enough for a quick read. The books are heavily derivative of Jim Butcher's Dresden series, and there's a lot of very obvious borrowing going on (examples: the charms O'Sullivan draws on vs Harry's charged jewlery; Harry's skull Bob vs Oberon the hound), but Butcher is able to flesh out his characters a bit more over the series, while Hearne's characters remain pretty much inscrutable. Hearne doesn't give us enough character development to allow us to get a real feel for the characters' motivations. For example, the main character is a Druid and a protector of Gaia, but at the same time he could be characterized as a sociopath who would kill a person in a heartbeat and not think twice about it. Yet we don't find out why he's like that, except that the guy's been around for over 2 thousand years and so perhaps he just doesn't care about regular mortals any more.
Despite the lack of deep character development, I found these books humorous, enjoyable, and the plot moves briskly.
I also found these books to be somewhat educational - for example, several parts of the series talk about the gods of different cultures (you can see Gaiman's influence in here as well, as the gods are still around because people still worship them or remember them). However, not all bits are accurate so be sure to check them out before quoting them. One admittedly minor sentence that was wrong but that stuck out for me was a causal line about Orvis, a chain of fishing/outdoorsy stores: Mr. Hearne, you may have seen these stores in England, but Orvis isn't British, it's American: According to Wikipedia, "Charles F. Orvis opened a tackle shop in Manchester, Vermont, in 1856." Again, I'm nitpicking here and this only stuck out for me because I'm a fly-fisherman.
This series is not suitable for young children, as there are many sexual references and a lot of graphic violence.
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Anyhow, this time Atticus is in trouble after making a couple of promises in exchange for help in the previous book. Both involve trips to Asgard. The first, to retrieve a golden apple, is bad enough, and leads to unintended fatalities. The second promise, to his vampire lawyer friend, Leif, is a game changer. He's promised that he will help Leif kill the Norse god Thor. Thor, apparently is a dangerous and destructive arse, and could do with a good killing, so Atticus Leif and Gunnar the werewolf end up with a team, a Russian thunder god, a Finnish magician and a Chinese immortal, all with good reasons to want Thor dead. But you can't go up against one Norse god without going up against the whole pantheon. There's a lot of collateral damage to the denizens of Asgard and Atticus is warned twice that killing Thor will have extremely bad repercussions, but unfortunately the team members are determined to finish the job
I confess I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two, and I was trying to work out why. Less Oberon, maybe? In places the pacing seems a little slow, and I didn't particularly connect with the new characters in the god-killing team, especially when there's a long break while everyone tells their own story. In previous books Atticus has been defending himself against beings who want him dead, maybe that's why it didn't feel quite right that this time he was going after someone (a god, no less) without a personal grudge. He knows it's not right, but he's made a promise to a friend and he's going to keep it. I presume the next book will deal with the fallout from Atticus and company's trip to Asgard.
You should read the series in order (and it's worth it) but here Atticus fulfils a promise to help his vampire and Werewolf chums kill the legendary Thor. The author has a light and entertaining touch with many modern references (including Star Trek and Neil Gaiman) but the research and thought is also obvious here. Those with strong religious beliefs may be offended (Atticus has lunch with Jesus) but Hearne is very careful not to mock with his take on a world where religions and Gods co-exist and their strength is based on the level of worship (building on Gaiman's American Gods theme).
There are things unresolved here which will make you eagerly anticipate the next in the series.