Hammered is the 3rd installment in the very fun Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
It’s time for Atticus to live up to his promise to his vampire friend, Leif, and get him to Asgard to fight Thor (hence the name Hammered, get it?). Nothing can ever be simple when you’re going up against a Norse thunder god.
Fun, creative and with enough emotion to make it worth your while. That’s the Iron Druid series. Hearne does a great job continuing to build both his characters and the world. I am totally hooked.
Leif and Atticus take a few others with them to Asgard (the group could be the Village People – wizard, another thunder god, vampire, werewolf, druid). All of them have their own beef with Thor, who sounds like a real douche-canoe in this world and definitely wouldn’t be played by Chris Hemsworth. My favorite parts were the tales each person told to the group about their reasons for hating Thor. Atticus had them do this to bring them closer together as a team to make their magical travel to Asgard possible. These stories were almost equal parts funny and heartbreaking. There was one revelation that I didn’t see coming that rocked me to the core. Implications, there will be some.
My only minor quibble is that I felt the battle was a little rushed. When you fight Thor with an appearance from Odin, I want more time devoted to it.
4/5 stars and highly recommended. I can’t wait to see where Hearne takes the story from here.