Hammered by Kevin Hearne - The Druid Chronicles #3
Hammered #3 by Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published 2011, 312 pages
At the end of the 2nd book we're left with Atticus promising to help his friends deal with (kill) Thor. THOR! And with the title of this book, Hammered, I guessed it was going to focus on that. And I was right. The books starts off kind of reminding the reader of what has happened but not in a tedious way.
From GR: "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."
I felt like the book started slowly - it felt almost formulaic with the same info and style as earlier books and I was worried it wouldn't hold my interest. However, it really picked up when Jesus came into the coffee shop to talk with Atticus and warn him of the consequence of his actions. I LOVED that scene which has shades of Christopher Moore. When Atticus gathers his gang to go challenge Thor they have to get to know each other and build personal bonds for his magic to work. So there's a chapter on the back story of each person and why they want Thor dead. That was an excellent section as well.
Then, there's the big battle scene with gods and wizards and druids, vampires, and werewolves, oh my. And now, Atticus has to go into hiding because there's LOTS of people mad at him and after him. So, Arizona is no longer safe......where will he and Oberon end up?
Another solid entry in this fantasy series. I've reserved the next one as an audio, so I'm eager to have it read to me!
Library Love: 28/65
COYER 1st chapter: 42 books (last one read in this chapter)