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BONUS: This special eBook edition includes a bonus short story set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles: "A Test of Mettle."

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’Sul
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ebook, 273 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ahimsa
Dec 22, 2011 Ahimsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*This is my review of the entire trilogy, and there are some minor spoilers*

I'm a sucker for a good muli-pantheon tale. I think Sandman did it best, but Gaiman's reprisal with American Gods was also good. Thus I was excited to check out this trilogy.

Hounded, the first book, was a breezy book, entertaining enough, but its flaws grew as the series continued. The second and third book felt padded and stretched. With better writing and editing, they could (should) have been one book. This was made e
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Rane
Jul 20, 2011 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy
First off a big thank-you to Kevin Hearne and my great GR friends whom made this book extra kick-ass and brought me back into the UF genre I walked away from years ago a genre I’ve missed reading and would have kept missing without taking a chance and picking up this series!

Unlike Hounded and Hexed- Hammered gives the readers a more deeper and darker theme the books before it. Through-out your given glimpses into the long lived Atticus, this time around your given a even more better insight int
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Mr. Matt
Jun 27, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2014
My ADD with the Iron Druid series continues. There were parts of the book that simply made me laugh. And those parts more or less revolved around Oberon. His natural sunny doggy disposition and sense of humor brighten up what, for me, was a very disappointing book.

Now on to my quibbles ...

First, this felt like a poorly structured book. The book felt like it really should have been broken up into two parts. There were a series of incidents in Tempe - Lief dealing with an incursion of vampires fr
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Priscilla
I am really, really conflicted about this book. On one hand, it has all the delightful character interaction, solid action scenes, and fun and fascinating new spins on mythology I've come to expect from Hearne. But on the other hand, as the story unfolded, a flaw in Hearne's world that's been ignorable until now was brought screaming to the surface. And something happened that turned my stomach against Atticus, and therefore the series in general. Details under the spoiler-cut:

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Stacia (the 2010 club)
If you'd like to read a real review which actually contains my feelings about this series, how about you Check out my review for book 1 by clicking this link.

I finished book 3 and am at a bit of a loss about what to say at this point. Kevin Hearne books are fun and full of action. Each book has its own story, so it probably shouldn't be too hard to come up with a new review for each installment, but I find myself wanting to gush about all of the things which are consistently the same with each b
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Carol.
A little more challenging for me than its predecessors, Hounded and Hexed. Much darker, and more clearly part of a series; the other two worked well as stand alone books but this one picks up where the last stops and has little in the way of exposition.

Character building seems a bit more uncomfortable; I'm not sure that I really like Atticus very much in this book. Officially, he is keeping both the letter of his word, to the witch Laksha and to the vampire, Leif. However, it means breaking his
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Phrynne
Dec 26, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in this very readable series. My only criticism would be the absence for most of the story of Oberon because he is the source of most of the fun dialogue. However Atticus managed to keep laughs coming from time to time despite the fact that the book was generally pretty heavy. Lots of life forms died and there was some serious fighting going on. I am still intrigued by our young/ old main character and will be carrying on with the series asap.
Kelly
Jul 01, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars) First things first: This one’s more serious.

Oh, there’s still humor here — and to butcher the nursery rhyme, when Kevin Hearne is funny, he’s very, very funny. I cackled madly as Atticus geeked out over his favorite author and demonstrated his knowledge of Internet memes. On the whole, though, Hammered is a much more serious story than either Hounded or Hexed. While giving us two books’ worth of side-splitting entertainment, Hearne has been sneakily laying the groundwork for Hammered
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Stacy
Jun 25, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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HAMMERED felt a lot different then the first two Iron Druid Chronicles books. Everyone and everything was way more serious and intense. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first but after the first couple chapters I was able to connect more with the story and get back into my Atticus reading groove. Atticus is determined to accompany and help Leif and a handful of others to Asgard to kill Thor no matter how many people tell him its a
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Lee
Nov 14, 2013 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how I felt about this one. It was kind of clunky and forced in places. Not as good as book two that is for sure. I am totally into the magical fae stuff, the planes, Asgard, Thor etc but at times this bordered on silly. Having fish and chips with Jesus just got too surreal and whilst I had no issues with a Druid, a vampire and a werewolf walked into a bar together story, I thought the throw away lines in this were too thin.

The battle with Thor at the end made up for it somewhat, th
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Wanda

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This novel in the series was disappointing to me. I didn’t like Atticus as much as usual—and I’m often willing to cut the author some slack if I love the characters. I think that’s one of the problems for me with this one—there’s much less Oberon wolfhound extraordinaire, less of Druid-apprentice Granuaile, less of the whisky drinking widow, all of whom make these novels pleasant for me. Taking the action out of Arizona and moving it to the Norse realm left out many of th
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Lyn
Apr 18, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooked.

I’m hooked, Kevin Hearne has created in Atticus a character with whom I can relate and about whom I am interested in reading more and more adventures. I usually don’t follow series but Hearne’s Iron Druid books have me bound like an Irish druid. Star Trek, Smokey and the Bandit and other pop culture references, a fun and witty Irish wolfhound companion, fresh new connections to mythic and animistic legends, an endless supply of possible adventures and themes, what’s not to love?

Hammered,
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Tom
Jan 22, 2013 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The first two books of this series were interesting, but didn't make me enthusiastic to read more. I waited over six months before picking up this one while searching for something to read. Hearne just doesn't make Atticus feel like a well-developed character, and for someone who's supposed to be old and wise he acts and talks like someone with little experience. When he shows flashes of competence and power, they are jarring and out of place. That's why I didn't care so much for the first two b ...more
Maggie K
Dec 05, 2011 Maggie K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In the introduction, Kevin Hearne thanks his editor. I am really kind of mad at her, but he must have thanked her for not messing with his novel, and really, she should have.

I truly loved Hounded, and thought Hexed was pretty good, but Hearne just really lost me on this one.

It was a GREAT concept. It had so much potential...and it was just so, well, wasted! Wasted in a plethora of stupid comebacks and silly forays into snarky humor and nakedness that just really wrecked it. Example: At one poin
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Robin (Bridge Four)
For me….The Druid Chronicles are fun and I have a really good time while I’m reading them but they are more like the Action movie I go see with my husband. Sure I enjoy myself at the movie and it is a good time but I could have probably inserted different action movies into it and felt the same. These are more filler books for me, it is the series I read in-between other books but not the book I put everything else aside for. Honestly I blame it on the lack of Romance. I know totally girly thin ...more
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Storyline
Poor Atticus just can’t catch a break can he?
Hammered picks up right where Hexed left off and Atticus is fulfilling the promise he made to Laksha: steal the golden apples of Idunn in Asgard. After that near impossible task he also needs to fulfill the promise he made to vampire Leif Helgarson: take him to Thor’s realm in order to battle him.

Thoughts
Okay, enough about the storyline. Here’s what you really need to know: this story/series is
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D.G.
**3.5 stars**

I’ve enjoyed this series a lot: the mix of humor, action and mythology are lots of fun plus I also prefer men as main characters, especially if those books are told in the 1st person and I have to live in their heads. But something was missing in this book. I think we have reached a point where we need to know more about Atticus and I don’t see that coming. I’m not sure if this is intentional or if the author just hasn’t developed Atticus' past properly. This is a man who has lived
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Andy
May 12, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All about the Norse gods this time, in particular Thor who isn’t apparently all that popular folklore paints him up to be, in fact he’s a bit of an arse & has made many enemies along the way which is what the tale is about along with a few reappearing characters from the prior tale involving witches & the Celtic & Roman gods.

I likes the series, having a affection of all things mythological! PLUS take it with a big pinch o salt & ride with the story/plots
Bridget
Sep 12, 2011 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit darker than Hounded or Hexed, the first two in the series. Sort of like Empire Strikes Back was grittier & darker but it's why it was my favorite in the original Star Wars trilogy. You get to know more of the sad past of our favorite 2100 year old Druid Atticus. Also, I like how the author isn't afraid to change the formula by letting some characters go & introducing a possible scenery change for the next book. Thor is the nemesis in this one & he's a real *ss hat, so it's fun ...more
Eric
Dec 27, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to get into the urban fantasy genre
Recommended to Eric by: Nicole Evans
Shelves: norse, urban-fantasy
I have a minor gripe with this book, but I'll get to that in a bit. First, I have to say that I enjoyed this book a great deal. I like how instead of continuing with an easy rote formula, Kevin Hearne mixes things up with the series of short stories told around a campfire -- which was ballsy considering two of the four storytellers the reader had just met -- and then how he mixes even more things up with the book's aftermath, which I won't spoil here.

Back to my gripe. Here is a quote from the fi
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Ami
Wow, just when I think it can't get any better, the 3rd book of the Iron Druid Chronicles raises the bar for the whole series and addresses some issues (minor complaint on my side) that I have for the previous two books. As other reviewers said, this one has a more tone, with grave consequences in which a couple of characters meet their demise.

The big plot here will be Atticus fulfilling his oath to his vampire friend, Leif, to help him kill Thor. Leif brings Gunnar (the pack Alpha) and three ot
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Melanie
Schade, bisher der schwächste Band der Reihe. Ich fand den Anfang etwas zäh, auch wenn sich das schnell gebessert hat.

Sehr interessant wurde es, als Granuaile in ein paar Sachen des Druidentums eingewiesen wurde, leider war dieser Part aufgrund der Ereignisse der Handlung nur sehr kurz. Auch andere, wie zum Beispiel Oberon kamen leider etwas kurz, dafür gab es ein paar neue Charaktere, die ich durch ihre Hintergrundgeschichte schnell ins Herz geschlossen habe.

Trotz der Tatsache, dass eigentlich
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Elwen
Well, not the best one in the series. It starts amazing but then really annoys me with a lot of corny jokes and protract story-telling. Sometimes I was still listening only because I love the characters so much ... but I'm so happy I did not abandon! In the last 1/3 it gets back to its usual originality and finds the balance between fun, character development (view spoiler) and action. And what a finale it was! I could not stop unt ...more
J. D Wenzel
Jul 29, 2011 J. D Wenzel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
Let me state from the beginning that I understand that these books are not meant to have deep wells of emotion that engage you on a higher level of intellect, they're just easy and fun entertainment. That said, I was able to forgive Kevin Hearne for some rather obnoxious writing habits that detracted from the story telling. Instead of allowing a reader to mull over something or come to his or her own conclusions about one thing or another we have practically everything explained or told to us al ...more
Kat  Hooper
Oct 24, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

After all the help he got dealing with the bad guys in Hounded and Hexed, Atticus owes favors, so he sets out to get those paid off in Hammered. The theme is Norse mythology — first Atticus has to steal one of Iðunn’s golden apples from Asgard, then he must help Leif, his vampire lawyer, kill Thor. Leif must have been planning for this for a long time because he’s bringing along a bunch of other guys who want Thor dead, too.

Hammered feels much different fr
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Alan
Jun 28, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading HOUNDED and completely falling in love with this series, I read the synopses for the next two books – HEXED and HAMMERED. I thought HEXED sounded great – who doesn’t want to see Atticus mix it up with some more witches and fight an honest-to-goodness fallen angel? I wasn’t disappointed, and Hearne exceeded my every expectation with the book – it was even better than HOUNDED with more action, a continued development of the world and the relationships among characters, and more Leif ...more
J.M.
Jan 19, 2012 J.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This isn't really a review as much as a comment, but once again, Kevin Hearne does not fail to entertain the heck outta me. This third installment in the "Iron Druid Chronicles" has a more serious tone than the previous two, as Atticus is between the proverbial rock and hard place. He ends up paying a weighty price for his decisions with the impact resounding into the next book I'm sure. I can't wait until the fourth book hits shelves.

Muchly recommended! A solid four-star read and a worthy addit
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Cherie
Jan 25, 2015 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first two books! What a great story as Atticus leads his two friends and three other companions to the home of the Norse gods to do battle with Thor. I absolutely love the humor and mythology lessons with the action. Never a dull moment and one more unexpected moment after another.
Emily
This one was really just ok for me. My favorite elements of the previous books were gone and I never quite got behind the main quest. I'll continue with the series, but maybe with a bit less excitement than before.
Edwin Priest
Jul 07, 2015 Edwin Priest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Kevin Hearne’s entertaining and puerile Iron Druid Chronicles continues with Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three, as we find our ancient adolescent Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan, helping his old friends Leif the vampire and Hal the werewolf and several like-minded friends exact their revenge on the bully god Thor.

Book three deviates a bit from the previous two, taking time to delve into the back stories of each of these characters, and leading us far away from Tempe Arizona to the Norse
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Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that's book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.
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The Iron Druid Chronicles (10 books)
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  • Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
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