Kevin Hearne: Hammered

Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three
by Kevin Hearne
narrated by Luke Daniels
(urban fantasy)

HAMMERED is my least favorite of the Iron Druid Chronicles, so far. What can I say? Atticus ignores all sorts of good advice and causes much trouble in order to save face. That’s never been something I liked in a protagonist. Granted, he does mostly redeem himself in the end by realizing what a huge mistake he made and trying to determine how to fix it (though there really isn’t any fixing it). You can also just tell by the ending of the book that the next one, TRICKED, is going to bring all sorts of troubles down on Atticus because of his actions in HAMMERED.

Another reason I didn’t like this one as much as the first two is because there’s not nearly enough of Oberon. I love the witty dog-and-druid banter, and since the dog doesn’t go with them to fight Thor, he’s plain old not in as much of the story.

I did enjoy the pre-battle stuff, though. I loved seeing Granuile get to do her very first druid-like action and get to talk to some elementals. That was a nice glimpse into what it will be like to see her as a druid (since I’ve read some of the book jackets of the later books and know that everyone survives long enough for her to be a druid).

I also enjoyed meeting the other folk that go into Asgard and battle with Atticus. The other gods and immortals (and mortals) who have a bone to pick with Thor tell some fun stories before all the death and destruction starts.

While the story itself wasn’t a favorite, the audio presentation by Luke Daniels is still superb. He does a great job of portraying Atticus.

All told, this is a solid addition to the series, but not one I’ll need to re-listen to anytime soon for additional enjoyment. (Whereas I could easily listen to the first one in the series again anytime. The second too, probably.)

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