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Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #3)

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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
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rane
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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Ahimsa
*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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Mr. Matt
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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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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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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Kelly
(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
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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
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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Carol.
A little more challenging for me than it's 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 hi
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Maggie K
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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Bonnie
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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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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 ½ 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 thi ...more
Bridget
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
Tom
Jan 22, 2013 Tom rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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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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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J. D Wenzel
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
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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Eric
Dec 27, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to get into the urban fantasy genre
Recommended to Eric by: Nicole Evans
Shelves: urban-fantasy, norse
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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Alan
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
♥Rachel♥
4.5 Stars

I went into Hammered thinking it wouldn’t be as good as the first two books, but I was wrong. Just as the first two, this was filled with action, clever humor, and a engrossing plot. While the beginning started off a little slow it wasn’t long until I was completely caught up in the story.

Atticus is delivering on his promise to take Leif Helgarson, his vampire lawyer to the Norse plain of Asgard to find and kill the god Thor. They band together with three other gods and Gunnar, the Alp
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Julie
Posted at http://yummymenandkickasschicks.com/?.... The quotes are quite giggle worthy. You can find them at the end of my review on my blog.

Hammered is the third book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series. Since book one, we have read about Thor the mean god. Actually, there are more colorful words used to describe how horrible of a person he is, but I’ll just leave it at mean. And after reading why people dislike Thor so much, there really is only one thing to say: Man that Thor is re
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Bethany
Friends, Readers, Countrymen, lend me your ears!

Er, eyes.

As part of my ceaseless quest to prove that speculative fiction holds a bounty of wisdom for the open-minded reader – and, you know, write reviews that don’t put even myself to sleep – I humbly propose that

Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from Hammered…
1. Be kind to squirrels. They KNOW things.
2. When in trouble, blame it on Bacchus.
3. Salad Spinners have the potential to revolutionize one’s entire existence. (Just ask Gran
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Amanda
I LOVE the series, just didn't care for this book.

Hearne's 3rd entry to the Iron Druid chroncles is a departure from the typical style of storytelling that made Hounded and Hexed so abso-freaking awesome. Hammered opens with Atticus O'Sullivan sneaking into Asgard to steal the golden apple he promised to Puren in Hexed as payment for her magical assistance. Hijinks ensue.

The larger story plot focuses on O'Sullivan's second trip to Asgard -- after he already stirred up a hornet's nest among the N
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Bry
Seriously, if you haven't read this series yet you don't know what you are missing.

This installment in the series has Atticus traveling to the land of the Norse Gods to take on Thor alongside some old and new characters. You really get to know each one and understand what drives them. This whole book was full of action, intensity, and suspense.

Despite the overall seriousness of the book it was also still laugh out loud funny - mostly due to Oberon and Atticus's amazing lines!

***

Here is just a
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Colleen S.
Feb 07, 2012 Colleen S. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban fantasy readers, paranormal fiction readers
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/07/...

In Hammered, we rejoin our intrepid hero, Atticus, as he attempts to steal a golden apple for Laksha Kulasekaran, an Indian witch that helped him out during a particularly nasty fight. You’d think riding a giant squirrel named Ratatosk up Yggdrasil (the World Tree), to get to Asgard would be super easy right? I mean, surely the Norns, physical manifestations of fate, that are waiting for Atticus will welcome him with big sm
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
You feel differently about a book when you read it aloud, especially when it has a ton of "big" words and unpronounceable names and you're reading it to a sort of special ed teenager. But she really enjoyed it, despite not being into fantasy. I liked it of course, so the fact that both of us got into it says something about the book.

I don't know how this one compares to others in the series. I was concentrating too hard on pronouncing all the Norse names and remembering the voices I put to each
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Patrícia
RATING: 2.5 stars.

Still not quite there. In terms of story, characters and world-building. The most interesting thing so far is Hearne's world as it deals with the different pantheons of ancient gods and goddesses. While most urban fantasy books feature supernatural creatures there are not many who focus on old religions. It's refreshing and you can tell the author has researched the subject at least a little, which is always good as it makes everything a bit more... 'realistic'.

While Hearne c
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J.M.
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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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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