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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Review: HAMMERED

Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Book 3 of The Iron Druid series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Hammered:
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.
Source: Info in the About Hammered was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9595620-hammered on 24/07/2011.

Review:
This book displayed the same story telling quality which hooked me to this series in Book 1. Plus there is humour between the lines which never fails to perk up my interest and make the pace faster. This book also showed the same cohesive story structure that was seen in the other books in this series which always earns a lot of kudos with me. I am the kind of reader who likes it better if the story has a coherent structure as opposed to a mish mash of scenes glued together by the same theme and somebody slapped an ending to. Speaking of endings, this book ended with a good resolution to the story, but not so much for the trilogy. Although this is the third book in what they marketed as a trilogy, this book is not a conclusion to that trilogy. However, we already know that there are three more books coming in this series, so we can safely ignore the "trilogy" that they attached to these books in the beginning. Plans obviously changed. And I, for one, am glad of that change because it means more books for me to enjoy!! Right, the ending of this book might have given a good resolution to the story but it also tantalizingly left hints and pointers to the next book in the series which left me in tenther hooks and can't wait for bloody next year! *sigh* And this is what I really don't like about serieses.

Empirical Evaluation:
Character Development = 5
World Building = 5
Plot = 3
Story = 3.5
Pace = 4
Ending = 3.5
Story Telling Quality = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Iron Druid Series:


Book 1: Hounded publication date: 3 May 2011
Book 2: Hexed publication date: 5 June 2011
Book 3: Hammered publication date: 5 July 2011
Book 4: Tricked publication date: April 2012
Book 5: Trapped publication date: December 2012
Book 6: Hunted publication date: 2013

4 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds good! I've heard this is great on audio too.

Blodeuedd said...

Everyone seems to be enjoying these while I just do not know

Cherry said...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com - I heard a sample and it does sound good.

Blodeuedd - Try the audio, might be easier that way.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh I have the first three books here! Now if that time issue would calm down some so I can get caught up.... ;D Thank you for the great review, and sorry you have to wait for the next book. :)

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