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 plane 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.
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“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”(Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)
I have not read the print version but I can't imagine the characters coming to life any better in that format than by Luke Daniels storytelling talent. He is amazing in his delivery of each of the IDC books.
The thing I like the best and also the thing I did not like the best was the ending of this story. It ends abruptly (like a cliffhanger) and left me hopeful the story will continue but not being able to see where it might go next.
Luke Daniels made the Iron Druid characters jump off the page. The books are written with a great deal of humor and intelligence and Luke Daniels was the perfect fit for the author's talented writing.
I enjoyed several laugh out loud while driving moments.
I have really enjoyed this series. The humor combined with moments of action are great. This book has a section when this book feels like an origin story novel. Unlike many others that have flashbacks to the history of some of the characters, this one has a place in the story. What makes this book stand out to me is how wall the narrator performs the voices and distinguishes them. I think a good narrator can make or break and audiobook and this one is on my must listen list.
My son (15) and I are road trippers and love to do books on the road. Great when we find a book we both LOVE and actually hang out in garage to finish a chapter together. Lots of humor and action and semi educational on mythology. A winning combo all around
Listens to audiobooks while travelling to and from various countries in Europe.
This book has one major advantage over "Hexed", it does not feel as rushed as "Hexed" did. The story is taken at a lighter pace which really does the book a great service. However some chapters in this book make me question the motives of some of the people seeking revenge, they seem to be a bit underwhelming to warrant a 1000 year grudge. Also some of the decisions made while in battle makes me question the intellect of our 2100 year old druid sometimes. But apart from that, it is still leaps ahead of many other fantasy books, and the overall humour and performance of Luke Daniels made this audiobook a real please to listen to.
I Love reading books, My Job makes that difficult, so Audio Books have re-opened the Universe to my Soaring Imagination!
This is an Awesome series full of Fantasy, and adventure. The Autor did a great job with his reserch. Luke Daniels continues to nail the character and essence of the worlds last druid.
Second to the Dresden Files...which I love a lot.
Atticus and the Irish hound.
No...but I love his reading of the story.
It made me laugh and cry...love the books.
Great read for all those in Dresden Files withdrawals...
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. I particularly liked his rendition of a giant squirrel which sounded a lot like a cross between the Chipmunks and Gollum. Lets face it Hearne doesn't make it easy on Daniels who has to voice multiple accents and languages. I love that a new deal is going to give us more Atticus, Kevin, and Luke to come.
Hearne's third effort is yet again another gem, embodying all that is awesome. Fans of the first two books will be pleased with Kevin's usual wit and candor. But he steps things up a bit, with the addition of some different POV's that shows Hearne's more serous side. The pace is a little slower than in the past but I think that is because of the grandeur of the task Atticus has to achieve. There's plenty of the action and unexpected quirkiness that comes with Hearne's twisted imagination, and his ability to blend mythos, theology, folklore, and pop culture is pure genius. As always you can tell Hearne did extensive homework for Hammered, or that he's an amazing literary con artist, either way the words he puts down on the page are completely believable.
With all the delicious threads planted for future tomes, the end will have you trying to conjure up more pages, and cursing the long year wait ahead.
From Asgard to Midgard this tale captivated me--it just never let up. I couldn't put my ipod down--I had to hear what happened next. The humor was spot on and had me cackling in my cubicle, garnering more evil glares from the HR rep three rows over. Luke Daniels did a fantastic job voicing all the characters and making them distinct. I especially enjoyed the tales of the others who had vendettas against Thor. I can't wait for the next installment.
I plowed through all three and then went looking for number four. Sadly it won't be in print until April...hopefully on Audible at the same time.
I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War
Funny, Exciting, love the dog! Enjoyed all three of these books. The world created by Kevin Hearne is a great twist on things. I cant wait for more installments
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