Kevin Hearne is a man on a roll knocking out a third spectacular novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Hammered kicked ass and had me roaring with laughter. Once again Atticus plunges into trouble with the gods. This time it’s with the Norse pantheon.
One of the most awesome aspects of Hammered was the Dirty Dozen vibe it had going. Leif, the ancient Norse vampire, talks Atticus into helping him settle an old grudge with Thor. They form an elite hit squad for the job. Aside from having a vampire and a druid, they have a Finnish wizard, a werewolf, an immortal Chinese warrior-monk, a Slavic thunder god, and a squad of frost giants. Together they have to do the impossible: infiltrate Asgard, face off against the Norse gods and the Valkyries, take out Thor, and get out alive. To complete the vibe, the characters each get a chance to explain why they want Thor dead. In the process, this gives the reader a great chance to bond with each character. The more you get to know them, the more you want to see them succeed. But like the Dirty Dozen, not everyone gets out alive, and all those bonding moments come back to get you.
Believe it or not though, the whole Thor plot is only half the book. The first half involves Atticus’ escapade to get a golden apple for Laksha. Breaking into Asgard opens up the story to Norse mythology. There’s the Life Tree, the Bifrost Bridge, and of course the Norse gods. There’s also a giant squirrel named Ratatosk who I really enjoyed. As Atticus put it, any squirrel whose treated as an equal by a giant eagle and a monstrous worm must be the most badass squirrel ever.
As with the other books, there’s a ton of humor in this story. Even in death, laughs aren’t far away. The vastness of the setting lets Kevin Hearne do things I’ve never seen any other story do, and every daring, insane turn is just sheer entertainment. From brawling with Jesus, to a deathmatch with the thunder gods, it’s crazy fun.
Three books into the series, I can easily say this one is worth investing in, be it time or money. If you can’t buy the books, hit your local library. It’s worth it. This is a great series to keep you entertained and laughing. While there are serious moments, overall it’s an upbeat tale. Hammered proved to be just as strong storytelling wise as the rest in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely a five out of five metal bikinis.