Monday, December 17, 2018

Audiobook Review - Hammered by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne

Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Date Read: October 29, 2018
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes
Source: Purchased - eStories
★★★★☆
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 plane 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.

My Review

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 debts to pay in this book.  The first order of business is retrieving a golden apple for a local witch.  Even though this sounds like a rather simple act, it proves to be anything but.  He then is tasked with leading a group to kill Thor.  I wondered why this group would be so determined to end the life of Thor but as each member shared their history with the god it became quite evident.

This was an action-packed tale that kept Atticus on the move for the bulk of the book.  There was a whole lot of action worked into the story and I felt like Atticus was in a whole lot of danger during several scenes.  My biggest complaint with this book was that I really would have liked to see more of Oberon but that is just because he is my favorite character in the series.  I love the fact that there is a lot of humor worked into the story to balance everything out.

Luke Daniels does an amazing job with this book.  I think that he really does take this story to the next level and I couldn't imagine experiencing this series in any other way.  He is able to handle a very large cast of characters with ease and uses distinctive voices for all of the key players.  He even narrates the voice of Oberon, a dog, convincingly.  I think that he was able to add a lot of excitement to the story through his reading and I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  I think that this book is able to combine great characters, a lot of excitement, a few laughs, and some tension very well.  I can't wait to continue reading this wonderful series.

The Iron Druid Chronicles


Book #1 - Hounded - My Review
Book #2 - Hexed - My Review
Book #3 - Hammered
Book #4 - Tricked
Book #5 - Trapped
Book #6 - Hunted
Book #7 - Shattered
Book #8 - Staked
Book #9 - Scourged
About the Author

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

26 comments:

  1. Maybe I should just read these, sigh, I need time!

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  2. I read it in one sitting. Totally understand the Atticus addiction

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  3. Oh man I really need to make time for this series

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  4. I have the first book for years but I still need to read it

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  5. This was the last one I listened to. I need to get on the stick. O adore Oberon, too. Sausages!!!

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  6. Great review. Sounds like a series worth checking out.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  7. A mythology vampire book? Hmm... I don't think I could get into this one but I'm happy you have continued to enjoy the series. Does the rest of the series have gods and vampires too?

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    1. The main character is actually a Druid but there is a little bit of everything in these books!

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  8. OK I've only read the first book and then got sidetracked. I want to start again and listen to them on audio. I'm glad you think they are great. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  9. I have heard a lot about this series, and I really want to give it a go. I love that the dog is your favorite!

    Great review, Carole.

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  10. I love this series but I missed Oberon too and found some of the Norse stuff a little hard to follow.

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    1. I did wish Oberon would have been around a lot more in this story.

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  11. Glad to see you are enjoying the series. I still need to start it!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. I loved this series! Luke Daniels was a huge part of my love. His performance was amazing and I think he had great comedic timing. Glad you enjoyed this installment.

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  13. I love this series so much. Luke Daniels is amazing and really brings the series to life.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I just love Luke Daniels work as a narrator and I think he does a great job with this series.

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