by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 9 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
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.
My Iron Druid Chronicles addiction continues with Hammered written by Kevin Hearne and narrated by Luke Daniels. Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plane of Asgard to face down the hammer-wielding god Thor but first Atticus must steal a golden apple. Darker than its predecessors Hammered shared insight into key characters, epic battles, and death. Hearne once again left me eager for more.
Hammered picks up almost where Hexed ended, and Atticus is traveling to Asgard to
retrieve steal a golden apple promised to Laksha. Ratatosk, the squirrel, gods, and Ravens made for exciting travels. Once back in Tempe, he is faced with honoring Leif’s request. Leif wants to travel to the Norse plane of Asgard to kill Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Despite warnings and Atticus’ advice, Leif will not be persuaded, so off they travel along with the Tempe Alpha wolf and Atticus’ trusty wolfhound.
As we travel Hearne shared how Leif became a vampire, gave insight into Atticus’ past and reminded us once again how long this druid has lived. We even learn a little about our alpha. Others join them on their journey and share stories of their encounters with Thor. Prepare yourselves because the Thor in Hearne’s world is not at all like the god portrayed in Marvel and other tales. What a great twist seeing a darker version of this character. I loved the fireside chats, Russian vodka and different characters they encounter. Hearne is a brilliant storyteller.
Visits from gods, and of course the Morrigan made for some interesting listening before the climatic, ruthless battle began. Though Atticus’ was reluctant he stepped up but not before we suffered loss. Hearne weaved in humorous moments to offset the darkness, and I found myself bursting into laughter. If you are a proud geek like myself you will love all the references to fandoms weaved into this tale. There is no doubt Hearne is a proud flag flying member of many fandoms.
The worldbuilding was absolutely incredible and I was able to envision Asgard, frost giants, the angry gods, and the ruthless Valkyries. Things are changing for Atticus and the Iron Druid Chronicles as we have reached a pivotal point in the plot. Whatever happens, I know I will continue the journey on audio. Luke Daniels is amazing! Each character no matter how small their role has a distinctly unique voice that you instantly recognize. He captures the nuances of their personalities and adds another layer of enjoyment to this already epic series.
Hammered wrapped up well regarding the quest, but I am anxious to know where things are headed and downloaded Tricked, the next audio. If you haven’t begun the series, now is the time. The final book releases in 2018.
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