Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles #3) by Kevin Hearne
Source: Publisher for review
Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble)
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..
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 smiles and a golden apple, right? Riiiiight. Well, of course that’s not what happened, but to tell you would be to ruin it. Suffice it to say, Atticus pisses off a few more powerful folks, which he really doesn’t need since he’s got to help his Viking Vamp lawyer kill Thor. Yep, THE Thor.
I love,love, love this series, and Hammered is the best so far. Let’s see, there are giant squirrels, frost giants, Jesus (yeah, Atticus hangs with Jesus, ok?), the Hammers of God (remember those guys?), Valkyries, giant boars, and of course, our beloved Oberon, Irish Wolfhound of awesomeness. We also learn more about how and when Leif was made vampire, and Atticus also tells about the wife he loved for 200 years. Morrigan shows up briefly in Hammered, and I always enjoy encounters between her and Atticus. She beats up on him so much it reminds me of that faery on Scrooged that bitch slapped Bill Murray around, except Morrigan isn’t nearly as jolly. The author’s trademark sarcasm is in fine form here, and there’s a particularly fun scene where Atticus likens Captain Kirk and Spock to the proverbial angel and demon on his shoulder. Hey, Atticus has to run a lot in this one, and he’s got to entertain himself somehow. There’s some game changers in this one though, especially since Atticus decides that it would be best to take his apprentice and Oberon, and get the hell out of Dodge (well, Arizona.) Things are getting way too hot in his kitchen and it’s time to start anew. You’ll be turning pages in warp speed until the final battle, then you won’t be able to turn them fast enough. I have to warn you, though, the ending will leave you with your jaw on the floor. If you haven’t discovered this series yet, run to the bookstore and grab ‘em all, like, now! Mr. Hearne just broke the news that at least 3 more are in the pipeline, and if you’re a fan of the Dresden Files, or just a fan of excellent urban fantasy with some of the best writing in the biz, this is the series for you.