The Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Published July 2011 by Del Rey
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: 1. Hounded 2. Hexed 3. Hammered* 4. Tricked 5. Trapped (November 2012) 6. Hunted (2013)
Source: Bought @ B&N
Challenge: All Series, All Summer
Rating: Loved It
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. (Source: Goodreads)
Oh my goodness, how does Atticus get in such a mess? He is a peaceful hippie of a Druid, yet people are always gunning him down. There are two battlefronts in Hammered. Vampires and Russian demon hunters are invading Tempe. This causes him some grief, but the life-or-death front is in Tir na nOg. He is going to honor his reluctant promise to help Lief avenge his vendetta against the mighty Thor. He has to make arrangements for relocating himself if he comes back alive. If he is lucky to escape deed done or not, he will be a wanted man by the Gods. So he, Granuaile and Oberon will be on the run. Just the thought of this makes me sad. I can’t imagine them not in Arizona. It’ll have to be somewhere hot, because Atticus has to shuck his sandals and soak up some Mother Earth here and there.
The task of ridding the world of Thor is so dangerous that Jesus even pays Atticus a visit asking him to not go. I love how Hearne used how believers picture their deities as their corporeal reality. He did it with Mother Mary in Hexed and our Chuck Taylor and tie-dye wearing Jesus here. The two of them sharing a whiskey talking religion was my favorite scene in Hammered. Very clever, funny and well-done.
As our odd bunch of paranormal misfits head off on their quest, we get glimpses of history and understanding of the real Thor through their eyes. Hearne always does an exquisite job of doling out ancient mythology without losing me or making me rub my eyes and put the book down. I’m not going to give away what happens, but as you can see our Druid hottie is throwing out some major voodoo on the next cover in the series, Tricked. I can’t wait to dig in and see where they go. I am anxious for Atticus to get down to some series apprenticing of Granuaile and of course more Oberon.
What would Jesus do? Not go after Thor.