From Goodreads: 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.
NOTE: Hammered is the 3rd book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. This is definitely the most emotional of the 3 books with the humor taking a slight back seat. I highly recommend the audio version as Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration.
What I Loved: Hammered is a hard story to review without giving away spoilers, which I refuse to do. Where Hounded and Hexed were very fun almost light reads, Hammered packed a wallop of an emotional punch. It is my favorite entry in this series. The introduction of some new characters and the journey of some of the old characters were so well done that I was on the edge waiting to see what is going to happen to next. My favorite part was learning about everyone’s back stories through their own words. The camp fire bro-bonding was just by far the best emotional storytelling that Kevin Hearne has written. That being said, Jesus probably had my favorite moment in the book!
What I Liked: I really like how Kevin Hearne is able to balance humor and emotional wallops in Hammered. Plus, I know I have said this before but could he have gotten a better narrarator for the audio book than Luke Daniels? I think not! He really did manage to pull off all the many voices needed for Hammered.
Complaints: Not enough Oberon and a small cliffhanger! Both of those are just because I love Oberon and I have zero waiting patience!
Why I gave it a 4.50: This has been my favorite book in the series to date! Overall this is a series I didn’t expect to like and yet I fell in love with! Now if I could just get my hands on book 4: Tricked
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