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(The Iron Druid Chronicles #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  47,518 ratings  ·  2,251 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 2011)
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Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
*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
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I still love all of the characters in this book but this one wasn't for me 🙁
May 12, 2011 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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
There is little worthwhile or memorable. Of all the Iron Druid chronicles, this is one of my least favorites. 1 of 10 stars
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, urban-fantasy
Full review now posted!

Original review can be found at Booknest.

Not a bad way to kick off the new year. Not bad at all.

This series is what I always wanted the Dresden Files to be. It’s funny and irreverent and action-packed, and it’s filled with interesting characters from a variety of mythological backgrounds. While the Dresden Files are well-loved and theoretically interesting, there’s something about the installments I’ve read so far that falls just a bit flat for me. Whatever that mysterious
Mr. Matt
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it

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?

TS Chan
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I think I'm having a small crush on Atticus O'Sullivan. These Iron Druid books provide the perfect blend of light-hearted fun, and some dark and serious moments. And I adore how Atticus is equal parts cheeky, cocky, charming and compassionate. He is my favourite urban fantasy lead character right now and I don't see that changing any time soon.

As the title suggests, this volume is predominantly about the Norse pantheon, and in particular, Thor, as Atticus has to deliver upon his promise to the
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(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
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
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

It really should be no surprise that I had a good time with this book. After reading and enjoying the first two books in this series, I was really excited to dive into this third installment. Just in case you are wondering, this is a series that should be read in order. The book started out with a lot of action and really kept the pace up until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this adventure with Atticus.

Atticus has a few
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book three has all the things that the previous books have coached us to expect:

Drama - "Things are already looking grim for you, my friend. You’ve unleashed a significant aspect of Fate, and it rarely chooses a more peaceful and orderly path when given the opportunity to pursue its own course. Please do not make it worse. Killing Thor will set in motion forces you cannot comprehend. The pain you feel now will be a sensual massage compared to what awaits you should you continue.” I signaled that
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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

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
Review of the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels.

The first book was entertaining. The second book was more of the same, but still ok. With this, the third book, I've had enough. I need more substance than just an endless parade of mythological characters and gods doing and saying mildly funny things. Their is little drama and depth to the characters (other than Atticus), which makes for some fun light reading, but doesn't hold up for an entire series of this length.

I think part of the problem i
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kimberley doruyter
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
i loved it. kinda sad over a certain someone.
now for tricked.
Yeah, I am addicted. RTC
I find this series very readable. It is basically fluff, doesn't require much brain power, and it was easy to pound out in a couple of days. I love the idea of a druid as hero, and I quite like the "Gods are around but are just out of reach" idea that has become pretty popular recently. I even learned a few things about the Norse pantheon; I knew little about it, but now I know a bit more.

Unfortunately, the list of problems that I have with this series is much more lengthy. My main issue stems f
Maggie K
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4,35 stars -English hardcover -Thanks for the read my friend - 🌷🌹🌷🌸
**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
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Hammered packed a lot of action into a short span of time, and I have to say it seems like Atticus has painted himself into a corner right now!
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
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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.

Okay, enough about the storyline. Here’s what you really need to know: this story/series is
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020. ...more

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The Iron Druid Chronicles (9 books)
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  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
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  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
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