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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 thanThor, 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....

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Hammered Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-03-07 16:00

    I still love all of the characters in this book but this one wasn't for me 🙁

  • Ahimsa
    2019-03-17 21:18

    *This is my review of the entire trilogy, and there are some minor spoilers*I'm a sucker for a good muli-pantheon tale. I think Sandman did it best, but Gaiman's reprisal with American Gods was also good. Thus I was excited to check out this trilogy.Hounded, the first book, was a breezy book, entertaining enough, but its flaws grew as the series continued. The second and third book felt padded and stretched. With better writing and editing, they could (should) have been one book. This was made even more clear when a bevy of new characters showed up and told their stories. It worked for Chaucer, but felt out of place and forced here.The pacing isn't enough to sink this ship, however. The main problem I have with the series is the utter difficulty in believing Atticus. It's fine to have a 2000-year old being, but he should act like he isn't just another guy. Connor Mcleod, for instance, (a similar character) is kind of odd and still in his heart a Highlander.There was nary a page that didn't break the narrative flow with some poor prose or unbelievable situation. There are more examples than I can list, but here are some of the flaws.A running gag is that Atticus (and the Widow) hate the British. The terminology is sloppy. The British include the Welsh and the Scots, and no one hates the Welsh. What Atticus means is that he hates the English. But even this attitude is anachronistic. Atticus is from a non-united Ireland, centuries before it, or England, was a country. If Atticus has a loyalty, it would presumably be to one of the five counties of Ireland.Atticus frequently sounds like Kevin Hearne talking to us. His many cultural references are hard-to-believe and will date the books something fierce within the next 10 years. Worst of all, at least in my opinion, is when he talks of "squeeing" from meeting Neil Gaiman. This is shoddy character-building.He's also way too uptight to have been an ancient Celt. Though he "cavorts" with Goddesses, attractive women make him act more like Cliff Clavin than a man who lived for two millenia. He is traumatized from seeing two Giants "cavorting." Though he is an ancient Celt, he is more excited to meet Jesus than the gods of his (or any other) pantheon.Some of the worst writing is when he teaches an ancient vampire how to speak in slang. Poorly conceived, it's embarrassing to read.Equally bad, Atticus and several other dieties/demigods/super powerful beings, all of whom are at least 100 years-old, act as homophobic as high-school boys. None of them are originally American, but all of them share the same thought at one point: "does this make me look gay?"Hearne is frequently the anti-Chekov. He solves many of the problems with an element he introduces in that very scene. I would have to go into some major spoilers to elaborate, but it's something that happens far too frequently. The scale of things are quite strange as well: a werewolf or a vampire is as strong as a god. Though I finished the trilogy, they have become the worst books I've ever finished. Again, the idea, the set-up, is interesting. But the execution is just horribly inept. I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone.

  • Priscilla
    2019-03-08 18:12

    I am really, really conflicted about this book. On one hand, it has all the delightful character interaction, solid action scenes, and fun and fascinating new spins on mythology I've come to expect from Hearne. But on the other hand, as the story unfolded, a flaw in Hearne's world that's been ignorable until now was brought screaming to the surface. And something happened that turned my stomach against Atticus, and therefore the series in general. Details under the spoiler-cut:(view spoiler)[The Good: There are some really spectacular moments in this book. Atticus' farewell blessing is so lovely I want to pin it up next to my desk as a reminder for how to live my life: "You build and do not destroy; you sow goodwill and reap it; smiles bloom in the wake of your passing, and I will keep your kindness in trust and share it as occasion arises, so that your life will be a quenching draught of calm in a land of drought and stress." (136) I greatly enjoyed the stories around the campfire, too. I appreciate how the mythology of all cultures (well, except the Norse, apparently) are treated with equal respect and validity. Major props are deserved for the good parts, because when Hearne is good, he's GOOD.The Bad: Hearne's world just doesn't seem sustainable. Or rather, it doesn't seem like it should've been able to sustain itself for the several thousand years it's been around. Atticus participated in the deaths of two gods in the first book and half a pantheon in the third. These books take place months apart. I know Atticus has all kinds of superpowers backing him up, but... if gods can be killed so "easily," why don't they look like Swiss cheese by now? Heck, how are any gods left? There's no indication that any of the pantheons of old had taken any damage at all in the MILLENNIA before the series began, except for the ravages of waning mortal belief. Not even accidental god-on-god violence, like Ratatosk's death. The action doesn't feel like it has history, if that makes any sense.On a related note, the catastrophic wake Atticus and Crew leave behind in this book really highlights how irresponsible Atticus is. He's really not good at dealing with conflict. I can enjoy a story with a protagonist who operates purely out of self-interest--I actually found the manic self-preservation of District 9's lead a refreshing diversion from the traditional action hero--but a hero who is clearly invested in the safety of the people around him, yet who places the value of his "word" over the lives of his friends and any mortal or immortal who gets caught in the crossfire? Kinda backwards. It seemed like every step of the way, Atticus knew what he was doing was wrong and foolish, but he did it anyway, because of his all-important Word. I wanted to thwap him on the nose with my book and say "Bad Druid! No biscuit!" You'd think someone with a score of centuries' experience in lying low would be better at not making everyone in the universe want to kill him. Deliberately incurring Bacchus' wrath by claiming to be him or one of his representatives while committing theft? That's just asking for trouble.The Ugly: I don't know what kind of deal Atticus "thought" he was making with the Frost Giants regarding Freyja. When he told them "The goddess Freyja, for example, will be among the spoils," I'm pretty sure he wasn't expecting the giants to invite her over for tea and biscuits and a jolly game of tiddlywinks. Unless "tea and biscuits and a jolly game of tiddlywinks" is slang for "lots and lots of rape."He saw how they reacted to her name--he saw the men's arousal and the women's revulsion. It doesn't take a two thousand-year-old archdruid to figure out what they had in mind. Further, I don't care if Team Let's Kill Thor wants to blame all of Asgard for Thor's asshattery. I don't want to read about "heroes" who offer up goddesses to monstrous thugs for eternal gang rape. I think that's a reasonable line to draw in the sand.I hate that it had to come to this, because Hearne is a really enjoyable writer with some fantastic ideas. He's telling some of the most fun stories in the Urban Fantasy genre. I don't want to cry "SHUUUUUN," because many of my favorite authors have written stuff I've seriously objected to. But... book 4 is no longer an instant-buy for me. And when something isn't an instant-buy, it rarely makes it up my To-Read queue. Suckage. (hide spoiler)]

  • Rane
    2019-02-18 14:58

    First off a big thank-you to Kevin Hearne and my great GR friends whom made this book extra kick-ass and brought me back into the UF genre I walked away from years ago a genre I’ve missed reading and would have kept missing without taking a chance and picking up this series! Unlike Hounded and Hexed- Hammered gives the readers a more deeper and darker theme the books before it. Through-out your given glimpses into the long lived Atticus, this time around your given a even more better insight into his past and those he’s loved and lost before. It tears at your heart, but makes you all that more connected to Atticus. Atticus for me is the perfect balance in a character. He’s a guy’s guy, he doesn’t have all the answers and he makes some small and big mistakes along the way. He’s may have lived a long time, but in the end he’s very human in everything he feels and does, and I love him for it (AND OBERON!! I love that crazy dog!). In a world where people lie and break promises all the time, Atticus is a man of his word, and if I wanted anyone at my back and taking care of me, it be him.There’s a lot of great scenes in this book and stand out for me, and some humor that has become the trademark of the IDC still leaves it’s mark with having the reader laughing until their sides hurt! Never going to think of the song “It’s a small world” the same again! With Atticus promise to Leif and others to finally kill the douchebag Thor, Atticus is warned by none other the Jesus (over beer, fish & chips) to be sure of his actions as their very far-reaching and will be very painful to those he’s come to care for. After getting his affairs in orders in Tempe, Atticus and co. set off to destroy the thunder god. We’re given a glimpse into the lives of those whose that Thor has hurt, making you not only step back and view the actions and very some huge surprises but truly feel the pain he’s caused.Hearne I felt did an great job playing with the whole god theme, with the balance issue of hanging on to our humanity or playing as spoiled little children with god powers. Questions of what makes us truly human, to the choices we tend to make shape our lives and the effects. But what would we do, if we’re given gifts and long life and losing ourselves our lack of empathy tor not caring and doing damage on a whim. These are not only asked but shown, through Thor, Atticus and Lief. Many questions and What would you have done different stay with the readers long after.There is a slight cliffhanger after all is said and done leading to the next book (;_; gotta wait till ‘12 though!) and a great little bonus story which focus on Granuaile whose really coming into her own. This is an excellent addition (new addiction) to this amazing series..Marry me Atticus! *holds out a big diamond ring....and sword on bended knee* “..Vampires inspire screams, not squees. Involuntary urination is common, I grant, but it properly flows from a sense of terror, not an ecstatic sense of hero worship.” “It properly flows? Are we having a pee pun party?” “If I do not aim carefully at my targets, I might cause a big splash at the stadium.”“Oh, very punny. You will show them what yellow cowards they are” I said“Right after I flush them out of the crowd” “You will rain down upon their porcelain skin a deluge of justice.” “Ugh! And I will have to wash my hands afterward.”

  • Celeste
    2019-02-25 19:01

    Full review now posted!Original review can be found at Booknest.Not a bad way to kick off the new year. Not bad at all.This series is what I always wanted the Dresden Files to be. It’s funny and irreverent and action-packed, and it’s filled with interesting characters from a variety of mythological backgrounds. While the Dresden Files are well-loved and theoretically interesting, there’s something about the installments I’ve read so far that falls just a bit flat for me. Whatever that mysterious lack is, the Iron Druid Chronicles don’t suffer the same fate. This makes three out of three books that I’ve read thus far in the series that have all been a delight.Atticus is charming and funny and is always getting into trouble on a cosmic scale. He’s my favorite male main character I’ve come across in the Urban Fantasy genre, and I don’t see his throne being usurped anytime soon. His Celtic background is fascinating, as are all of his relationships with deities from various pantheons as well as other mythical or magical beings. I love how mythologies from across the globe intermingle in these books.As in all of these books, Atticus is faced with a challenge that he’d rather not deal with. In this case, that challenge is killing Thor. Not that he has anything personally against Thor, mind you, but it seems as though literally everyone else does. Including Atticus’s friends and others to whom he owes various favors. So Atticus finds himself on a suicide mission with a vampire, a werewolf, and three other odd men of varied magical backgrounds, including an off-brand thunder god. This group of manly men spend a good chunk of the book telling stories around a campfire; namely, they’re telling stories of why they each want Thor dead. This storytelling segment was very different, and I really enjoyed it.Some of my favorite aspects of this book took place during the first half. In the first few chapters, while Atticus is on a scouting trip to Asgard, Ratatosk is present. That giant squirrel is hilarious, and he’s made even mores by Luke Daniels’ narration; the voice Daniels used for the squirrel was basically the voice of Gollum, which made every word that came out of his mouth that much funnier. Also, regarding the narration, there was a point in the beginning where Atticus was imagining Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock as angels of emotion and logic on his shoulders, and Daniels’ impressions of them (especially William Shatner as Kirk) were spot on. Oberon remains my favorite character in the series, and his humor was spot on in this book. My least favorite part of Atticus’s Thor-hunting excursion was Oberon’s absence, even though I was glad he wasn’t around to possibly die a horrible death on the fields of Asgard. Speaking of Asgard, Hearne’s presentation of the Frost Giants was also hilarious. Aforementioned group of manly men singing “It’s a Small World After All” to take their minds off of the Frost Giant sex they inadvertently witnessed was priceless.If I enjoyed this book so much, why am I only giving it 4 stars instead of a full 5? There’s one main reason: the action scenes. For some strange reason, I often have a problem staying invested during major action scenes, and that’s exactly what happened here. I just wasn’t connecting. That’s not Hearne’s fault, but it did affect my enjoyment of the story.So far, I really love this series. The books are short and funny and fast-paced, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up an Urban Fantasy series. I highly recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles both to those who love UF and those who have hesitated to dip their toes into the genre. It’s a great place to start.

  • Mr. Matt
    2019-03-19 17:11

    My ADD with the Iron Druid series continues. There were parts of the book that simply made me laugh. And those parts more or less revolved around Oberon. His natural sunny doggy disposition and sense of humor brighten up what, for me, was a very disappointing book. Now on to my quibbles ...First, this felt like a poorly structured book. The book felt like it really should have been broken up into two parts. There were a series of incidents in Tempe - Lief dealing with an incursion of vampires from Memphis, and Atticus dealing with the Hammer of God religious nuts outside his favorite Irish pub. And then there was the main story line - the quest to kill Thor (yes, Thor, the Viking God of Thunder). What was the connection between the two main lines? I think it would have been cleaner and made more sense to focus on one of the main lines, i.e., dealing with the fallout of the last book BEFORE going on to kill Thor. The part of the book that I found really compelling were the stories that the companions shared with one another as they prepared to storm Valhalla. The fight that followed was more interesting because I found myself really pulling for Atticus' friends. There should have been more like this.Next, Atticus is starting to get on my nerves. He's two thousand years old, yet he drops pop-culture references with the best of hipsters. Surely a 2,000 year old druid would struggle to pull it together so cleanly. I mean, if Lief (1,000 years old) and the werewolf alpha (300 years old) struggle to even dress in a contemporary fashion, why is it so easy for Atticus? Does being one with Gaia somehow also connect one with Star Trek? The part where this really made me cringe was when Atticus, Lief, the werewolf, and their companions actually catch two Jotunn (frost giants) bumping ugly. To get the soul rending imagery out of their minds, they decide to sing (I'm not making this up) 'It's a Small World, After All.' (Seriously. They do. Check it yourself. It's right at the end of chapter 22.) Related, for someone who is very up on his cultural currency, he seems to have no qualms about the Jotunn dragging off Freyja back to their lair and, presumably, having their way with her.Finally, these books have a gargantuan logic problem right in their heart. It is, I fear, a fatal flaw. In the author's world Gods and Goddesses and Monsters seem to be constructed out of the zeitgeist. When people believe in Gods, they manifest, and gain in power. When no one believes in them, they grow weaker. As Perun, the (I think) Russian God of Thunder says to Atticus: 'They still weaker than before Christ, but much stronger than me. Because of words. Because now children in many parts of the world hear about them. And so they are bigger ideas.' If belief is all it takes to manifest and gain power, where then are the dark Elder beings such as C'thulu? How come random 2,000 year old Gods such as Bacchus can still manifest such power and be immortal? Presumably if he or she has few followers, they would be correspondingly weaker. Was belief at some time all it took to be that powerful? What about the belief of all those people who believe at one time of another that the world is going to end? There is something about what the author has built that I found kind of problematic.Two stars out of five. I remain hopeful for the other books in the series.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-21 21:14

    Hooked.I’m hooked, Kevin Hearne has created in Atticus a character with whom I can relate and about whom I am interested in reading more and more adventures. I usually don’t follow series but Hearne’s Iron Druid books have me bound like an Irish druid. Star Trek, Smokey and the Bandit and other pop culture references, a fun and witty Irish wolfhound companion, fresh new connections to mythic and animistic legends, an endless supply of possible adventures and themes, what’s not to love?Hammered, Hearne’s third novel length installment in the series has been foreshadowed since the first book, Hounded. A showdown with a very different vision of Thor from the Marvel manifestation has been on the horizon from day one. Hammered, in that sense, does not disappoint.Hearne delves into Norse and other world culture myth and pantheon systems in clear allusions to Gaiman’s American Gods and with enough charisma to make Neil Gaiman blush (there is even a brief homage to Mr. Gaiman).But …There were passages where I felt that Hearne became too informal, where he lost the quality edge of his earlier works; he seemed like he was reaching, sometimes in almost a jump-the-shark half-assed inventiveness, like he was bowing to some unknown advisor who was leading him down a bad path. Also, from the early pages to the somewhat disappointing end, this is clearly a part of a series. The earlier books, Hounded and Hexed, though connected, also worked as stand alones, something that I was very excited about and that I lauded Hearne for creating.Hammered was missing something the earlier two, and the short stories, had in spades, and I cannot exactly put my finger on it, this was just not as well put together. The subtle humor and personality that ran smoothly through the first two seemed here more forced, and many of the quips and intentionally funny scenes came out campy or farcical. In some ineffable way, Hammered lacked the charm of the earlier two (pun intended).This is still substantially good, if not always procedurally, and there is still much to enjoy: a Shakespearean quote battle during a high-speed chase in a rented Ford Mustang, and a tribute to Chaucer where the different characters told their stories of how they came to hate Thor was probably the best part of the book. Again, I like that he can use and borrow from an almost inexhaustible supply of heroes and gods (my favorite Dungeons and Dragons text was brought out Deities & Demigods: Cyclopedia of Gods and Heroes from Myth and Legend to check out the Finnish hero Vanamoinanmom).The old saying about pizza and sex applies here: when it’s good it’s great; when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

  • Carol.
    2019-03-10 20:12

    A little more challenging for me than its predecessors, Hounded and Hexed. Much darker, and more clearly part of a series; the other two worked well as stand alone books but this one picks up where the last stops and has little in the way of exposition. Character building seems a bit more uncomfortable; I'm not sure that I really like Atticus very much in this book. Officially, he is keeping both the letter of his word, to the witch Laksha and to the vampire, Leif. However, it means breaking his tenuous social obligations to his apprentice, his employees and business, and to his friend, Mrs. MacD and allies. This may be the crux of why I've started to become more uncomfortable with him as a hero. While he keeps his word nominally, frequently he does so begrudgingly, with dire consequences to those around him and at the cost of obligations to others. That forest we spoke of having an obligation to in Hounded and Hexed? Yeah, that's right--turns out he must not have given it his word. (view spoiler)[ It becomes especially saddening when he is warned by both Jesus and Morrigan that this vendetta may cause the end of the world as we know it--and his death--he doesn't see the end of the world or more selfishly, his life as a reason to change his path. Sure, ancient druids were war-like. But I would have thought they would have felt an obligation to the earth and humanity. Respecting Atticus became even more challenging as he made plans to flee the valley, recognizing vampires were moving in to test Leif, Bacchus was outside of town and the religious group was coming to town. It ended up resolving acceptably, but it's a character mix that just doesn't make sense: he'll risk everything to keep his word to Leif, but then walk away from other fights and obligations? Color me confused.(hide spoiler)]Although I am not at all religious, I found the Jesus section of the book to be somewhat uncomfortable. Has Hearne lost his way? The serious action moments of stealing an apple and sneaking back to town coupled with meeting Jesus for fish and chips seems a little odd--should I be laughing? Appreciating that he is equating Jesus to other immortals? I don't quite know what to think of his inclusion in the pantheon.We lost most of Oberon's humor this time, and that's a big laugh hit. Atticus does have a number of funny asides, and the bits with the frost giants are funny. I do like the storytelling device of having each member of the party look back and talk about his reasons to kill Thor. It added dimension to the characters, and made Thor seem to be almost deserving. I confess myself confused, however, as to why the Greek and Roman gods are true immortals and the Norse ones aren't. And, of course, there's the cliffhanger ending. Yes, the fight itself is resolved, but very little fallout is covered, and the book is ended on an escape scene. I personally feel as if cliffhanger endings are a cheap play towards improving sales and increasing buzz, so I tend to think less of an author who uses them. A strong character, world-building and sufficient plot will keep me coming back, especially if there is an overarching series conflict-building as there is in Atticus' world. Using a cliffhanger just seems like he's resorting to tricks instead of skill.Overall, I'll catch the next in the series, but I'm not sure it's shelf-worth--may just have to wait on the library.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-25 13:08

    (4.5 stars) First things first: This one’s more serious.Oh, there’s still humor here — and to butcher the nursery rhyme, when Kevin Hearne is funny, he’s very, very funny. I cackled madly as Atticus geeked out over his favorite author and demonstrated his knowledge of Internet memes. On the whole, though, Hammered is a much more serious story than either Hounded or Hexed. While giving us two books’ worth of side-splitting entertainment, Hearne has been sneakily laying the groundwork for Hammered, building up characters and friendships and subplots so that we care deeply about what happens here.We begin in medias res. Atticus is climbing the World Tree to Asgard so that he can keep his promise to the witch Laksha by bringing her back one of Idunn’s apples. The trip becomes messier than expected, which leads Atticus to decide that he’s been in Tempe too long. He’s too visible, and it’s too easy for one of his ever-growing list of enemies to use his friends as leverage. Atticus does his best to put affairs in Tempe in order before going back to Asgard to keep a second promise, knowing he might never return. One conversation stands out as particularly beautiful; it’s the kind of conversation we all wish we’d had with a loved one before it was too late, but so often don’t get around to having.That second promise is to help kill Thor, and he teams up with a group of allies who passionately hate the thunder god. Hearne surprised me by breaking with the usual structure of the Iron Druid books for a little while, employing a “Canterbury Tales”-type section that I loved. It fleshes out these allies, and in telling us why each of them wants Thor dead, it tells us a lot about Thor as well. When we follow Atticus & Co. back to Asgard, we’re good and mad at Thor, too.The central theme here is the question of how to hold on to one’s humanity when one has great power and can live for hundreds or thousands of years. How do you keep from getting arrogant and seeing ordinary mortals as insects? How do you hold on to what makes you you — and conversely, is it possible to hold on too much, becoming consumed by a grudge that might not be worth all that you sacrifice to it? It’s clear that Atticus is better than most at this balancing act, and it’s equally clear that it’s often his humanity that puts him in so much danger.Hammered is not the end of this series, but it effectively closes a big story arc. It makes a good temporary stopping point as we await Tricked, due out in 2012. Kevin Hearne is evil, though, and packs in one more spooky plot hook at the end. It’s not a cliffhanger for the plot of this book, but it’s sure going to cause some trouble in the next one!All that said, I think it’s a little skeevy when Atticus (view spoiler)[tells the frost giants they can have Freyja if they help him invade Asgard. It turns out that he didn’t think it would really come to that and he feels bad about saying it, and it’s left up in the air whether it does come to that. It’s consistent with what motivates the giants in the actual myths… but it still skeeved me out. (hide spoiler)]

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-02-21 13:57

    If you'd like to read a real review which actually contains my feelings about this series, how about you Check out my review for book 1 by clicking this link.I finished book 3 and am at a bit of a loss about what to say at this point. Kevin Hearne books are fun and full of action. Each book has its own story, so it probably shouldn't be too hard to come up with a new review for each installment, but I find myself wanting to gush about all of the things which are consistently the same with each book, so that's why I redirected you back to my review for book 1. If you're interested in possibly checking out the series, that would be the best point of reference.For the people who are already fans of the series, they'll probably understand better why I was at a loss for words. I rarely do reviews in pictures but consider this my summary because I have nothing else to say :IT'S THE (semi) EPIC BATTLE OF*edit* pictures removed because my photobucket account broke and I'm too lazy to move pics from every review over to imgur.Just take my word that there were pics of Atticus, Thor, a very buff squirrel, a stop sign, and a salad spinner.DON'T YOU WISH PHOTOBUCKET HADN'T BROKEN MY STUFF?...and here's a quote I liked."One cannot solve every problem through sheer machismo and violence.""Why not? It works for Chuck Norris."So that about sums it up. It's another awesome Kevin Hearne book. I missed Oberon's presence being in full force but otherwise the read was solid, if a bit confusing at first because it had been a while since I'd read book 2.Is anyone else wanting Atticus and Granuaile to quit beating around the bush?

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-16 14:02

    Another great book in this very readable series. My only criticism would be the absence for most of the story of Oberon because he is the source of most of the fun dialogue. However Atticus managed to keep laughs coming from time to time despite the fact that the book was generally pretty heavy. Lots of life forms died and there was some serious fighting going on. I am still intrigued by our young/ old main character and will be carrying on with the series asap.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-03-12 18:52

    For me….The Druid Chronicles are fun and I have a really good time while I’m reading them but they are more like the Action movie I go see with my husband. Sure I enjoy myself at the movie and it is a good time but I could have probably inserted ½ different action movies into it and felt the same. These are more filler books for me, it is the series I read in-between other books but not the book I put everything else aside for. Honestly I blame it on the lack of Romance. I know totally girly thing to say but I really want the hint of one to happen sometime in this series.“Wisdom eludes me yet, but foolishness I captured long ago and to this day it is my constant companion, though many people consider me wise.”Atticus used to run and hide and had done so for a very long time. But when he decided to finally take a stand and quit running he had no idea all the trouble he would bring down upon himself. It seems he gains a new and greater enemy with every choice he makes. Maybe it is time to skip town altogether. But first he must fulfill a promise and help Leif kill Thor. Again I really enjoy the mythology and lore in this series but I’m waiting for something to really grab a hold of me and make me really invest into all of the characters. This is a series I can still take or leave. I like a few of the characters and I totally enjoy the pop culture references and Shakespearean Duels but still Atticus needs something to really tie me to him and his destiny.There is one thing that I really love about the series though and that is Oberon, Atticus’s dog. The conversations they have are hilarious and exactly what I think a dog would find interesting.“ What's silly is paying five bucks for hot milk and flavored syrup! But now I see what's really been going on all this time! They charge you all that money because they need it for the R & D! Somewhere on the outskirts of Seattle, there's a secret facility with higher security than Area 51, and inside there are men with poor eyesight and bad haircuts wearing white coats, and they're trying to make the Holy Grail of all coffee drinks. The bacon latte?No, Atticus, I already told you those exist! I'm talking about the prophecy! 'Out of the steam and the foam and the froth, a man in white with poor eyesight will craft a liquid paradox, and it shall be called the Triple Nonfat Double Bacon Five-Cheese Mocha!'I’ll continue on with the series as I enjoy the UF from a male PoV and I do like the lore utilized but like I said this is a between other things kind of series for me.

  • Wanda
    2019-03-05 18:51

    Actual rating: 2.5 starsThis novel in the series was disappointing to me. I didn’t like Atticus as much as usual—and I’m often willing to cut the author some slack if I love the characters. I think that’s one of the problems for me with this one—there’s much less Oberon wolfhound extraordinaire, less of Druid-apprentice Granuaile, less of the whisky drinking widow, all of whom make these novels pleasant for me. Taking the action out of Arizona and moving it to the Norse realm left out many of the elements that allow Atticus to show himself to be a decent guy. Instead, he has been drawn into a revenge plot that he actually has no stake in besides keeping his word. Indeed, by insisting on keeping his word, he is drawn into a thoroughly no-win situation, ignoring excellent advice given to him by both Jesus and Flidais, and neglecting his responsibilities in Midgard/Arizona.Too much of the book required tenuous connections using various “hammer” puns. Plus, the whole section with the Hammer of God zealots and Jesus was actually in questionable taste, in my opinion, despite my lack of religious affiliation. It’s risky business to poke the bear of current religions, although I think it’s fair to show them as equal to Norse paganism or the ancient Irish religion. I did enjoy Atticus and Leif’s dueling Shakespeare quotations, as well the pop culture references. I’m almost reluctantly drawn towards the fourth book, just to see how things work out.

  • Tom
    2019-02-27 13:00

    The first two books of this series were interesting, but didn't make me enthusiastic to read more. I waited over six months before picking up this one while searching for something to read. Hearne just doesn't make Atticus feel like a well-developed character, and for someone who's supposed to be old and wise he acts and talks like someone with little experience. When he shows flashes of competence and power, they are jarring and out of place. That's why I didn't care so much for the first two books, and that trend continues with the third.That's not why I rated it at one star, though. Hearne has characterized Atticus (as much as he has characterized him at all), as someone earnest and peaceful except in self-defense. That characterization is totally destroyed by this book.(view spoiler)[Agreeing to get a golden apple from Asgard or to transport your friend there is one thing. He had little choice but to make those promises. But he was caught totally off-guard by the most obvious threats, resorting to slaughter as a result. He kills with no remorse as a substitute for planning. Later, rather than just take his companions to Asgard, he sets up a war with the Frost giants with no thought to the obvious deaths that will result. Atticus dangles the possibility of getting Freya to the giants, despite knowing what they would do to her. Instead of staying out of the battle, despite repeated warnings, he wholeheartedly participates, again, in slaughter. The Frost giants claim Freya, and Hearne made it obvious what was going to happen to her, and all Atticus can do is shrug and forget about it. A big deal is made of how terrible Thor is and why he deserves death. Okay. What about the Norns? Heimdahl? Uller? The Valkyrie? The Frost giants? All the others who die?The only regret Atticus shows toward his actions is that they may cause him trouble in the future. (hide spoiler)]There's also the issue of building up a certain narrative momentum toward the big showdown, and then stopping for chapter after chapter of backstory on characters just to show why they're there. The pacing was wrecked by this.So, the story was told badly and any empathy I had for Atticus is gone. I may read the next book, but it will be in hopes of seeing justice for what was done in this book.

  • Stacy
    2019-02-22 14:19

    reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...HAMMERED felt a lot different then the first two Iron Druid Chronicles books. Everyone and everything was way more serious and intense. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first but after the first couple chapters I was able to connect more with the story and get back into my Atticus reading groove. Atticus is determined to accompany and help Leif and a handful of others to Asgard to kill Thor no matter how many people tell him its a horrible idea and that there will be huge consequences. We lose a few people that have grown on us, we meet some new people, and we also get some great information from Leif about his life. As with all of Kevin's books, there is some great action scenes, Humor with our favorite hound, descriptive and imaginative locations and plenty of mythology thrown into the mix. The book ends way to soon with a bunch of stuff way up in the air and major drama happening but thankfully Kevin will be continuing the series in at least 3 more books, two of which will release in May of 2012.

  • Lee
    2019-02-23 13:08

    I am not sure how I felt about this one. It was kind of clunky and forced in places. Not as good as book two that is for sure. I am totally into the magical fae stuff, the planes, Asgard, Thor etc but at times this bordered on silly. Having fish and chips with Jesus just got too surreal and whilst I had no issues with a Druid, a vampire and a werewolf walked into a bar together story, I thought the throw away lines in this were too thin.The battle with Thor at the end made up for it somewhat, the last quarter of the book was actually hard to put down. Certainly had surprised at the ending as I was expecting some deus ex machina event.I'll stick with the series as it is about to enter a new era, but hope to get back into the four star scoring.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-03-01 16:05

    i loved it. kinda sad over a certain for tricked.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-03-12 19:17

    Yeah, I am addicted. RTC

  • Maggie K
    2019-02-24 16:08

    In the introduction, Kevin Hearne thanks his editor. I am really kind of mad at her, but he must have thanked her for not messing with his novel, and really, she should have.I truly loved Hounded, and thought Hexed was pretty good, but Hearne just really lost me on this one. It was a GREAT concept. It had so much potential...and it was just so, well, wasted! Wasted in a plethora of stupid comebacks and silly forays into snarky humor and nakedness that just really wrecked it. Example: At one point, the story had built into this momentous charge upon the denizens of Valhalla. A grand moment. WOrthy of a Led Zeppelin song even, and Hearne picks right then for the main character to say "Last one there is a rotten egg". Really??? Right now??? ( I might have that not quite. I couldn't make myself pick up the book to check the quote, it's so sad)Yeah.I was bummed about this one.

  • Kaila
    2019-03-06 14:50

    I find this series very readable. It is basically fluff, doesn't require much brain power, and it was easy to pound out in a couple of days. I love the idea of a druid as hero, and I quite like the "Gods are around but are just out of reach" idea that has become pretty popular recently. I even learned a few things about the Norse pantheon; I knew little about it, but now I know a bit more.Unfortunately, the list of problems that I have with this series is much more lengthy. My main issue stems from the old aphorism, "You can't write smarter than you are." Now I'm not calling Kevin Hearne dumb or anything, but Atticus is TWO THOUSAND YEARS OLD. That's pretty damn old. You would think in that time he would have picked up some wisdom or something. I like that he is lighthearted about being that old, but apparently all the things he knows about occurred within the last decade or so, with an occasional throwback to Star Wars and Star Trek. Almost all of the jokes came from some faction of nerd knowledge, including movies, TV shows, and internet memes. At one point Atticus has an angel and devil on his shoulders, and they took the form of Kirk and Spock. He mentions "pulling a Yoda." But when Atticus started speaking in "lolcats" for a quick laugh, a line was crossed. I think I threw up a little in the back of my throat.Nerds love nothing more than being in on a joke. The joke doesn't even have to be funny - a lot of memes aren't actually funny, they're only funny once you're "in the know." They are also only funny on the internet. Taken outside of that, the only people in real life that are going to laugh at your inside joke are other people "in the know." In effect, it's like any circle of friends where you look at one person and say an inside joke. Of course others are going to feel left out. It's like that guy at the party who quotes South Park/Family Guy/The Simpsons/what have you, and that's the extent of his humor. Nothing really gets added to a conversation, he's just pointing at something and hoping you get it.It's lazy.I used to work at a bowling alley that played music videos constantly, and the first week I worked there, the video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up" came on. I cracked up and said to my co-workers, "Damn, we just got rick rolled!" They all gave me startled looks. I grinned sheepishly and mumbled, "Umm...nevermind." Lesson learned! No quoting nerd stuff around people who aren't nerds, got it. Just like you can't share an inside joke, because it doesn't make sense unless you're included on The Inside.The thing about the internet is that it moves so fast, and memes that everyone knew last summer are no longer funny. Saying "Honey badger don't care!" anywhere on the internet nowadays will only earn you shouts of "So last year man!" Any meme is this way; they have a lifespan. A book...well, let's just say a book is forever because we all want them to last that long. If the majority of your jokes are pop culture references, or even worse, internet references, it is going to be dated incredibly fast. At one point Atticus makes a joke, saying "his voice and rugged good looks reminded me of that guy from the Old Spice body-wash commercials." (he was talking about Jesus here, by the way. page 107) That's already dated, that guy isn't the spokesperson anymore. Sure, we all get the joke now, but give it a few years and it won't be funny anymore.So we have this 2,000 year old druid who smugly reports he must leave behind his Chewbacca action figures in the original packaging...oh and he can also defeat GODS. Not singular either, he takes care of several over the course of the series. A werewolf, vampire, or druid, should not be equally as strong as a god. Overcoming some weaknesses somewhere might have been entertaining, but instead we just get some bloody battles. Character development is given to us in the form of switching narratives instead of meaningful interaction. It was all very lacking, and I felt that the humor was supposed to make up for that.Essentially, I feel that the Iron Druid Chronicles is not creating new content. It just points at pop culture references and says, "Hey, wasn't that funny!" It's regurgitating jokes, and while a lot of people enjoy being those people who are "in the know" and laughing at those jokes, I'm simply not one of them. There's definitely a market for this series, but I couldn't shake the feeling of reading lazy, premade content, with an exclusive sense of humor in place of character development.

  • Belinda
    2019-03-13 16:17

    4,35 stars -English hardcover -Thanks for the read my friend - 🌷🌹🌷🌸

  • D.G.
    2019-02-23 14:14

    **3.5 stars**I’ve enjoyed this series a lot: the mix of humor, action and mythology are lots of fun plus I also prefer men as main characters, especially if those books are told in the 1st person and I have to live in their heads. But something was missing in this book. I think we have reached a point where we need to know more about Atticus and I don’t see that coming. I’m not sure if this is intentional or if the author just hasn’t developed Atticus' past properly. This is a man who has lived for 2,000 years so after 3 books, I expect to know a lot more about his past than I do now.At first I applauded Mr. Hearne’s decision to make Atticus a long-lived easy going guy because it’s clearly out of the norm. In fiction, most characters that have lived hundreds of years are broody, bored and melancholy because they have witnessed the deaths of loved ones. I was glad that Atticus was different but to believe it, I need to how he reached the conclusion that living in the moment was the best way to go on. There must be an explanation because most people would be out of their mind after so much loss but so far, Atticus doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Worst, in this book he made the breezy assertion that he’s had at least (view spoiler)[25 children!!! WTF? Are we supposed to believe that men are uncaring beasts who don’t mind about losing the fruit of their loins?(hide spoiler)] If we are to believe and care about Atticus, we must have an explanation as to how he’s learn to cope with all that.It also seemed to me that this book was an attempt to reach a bigger male audience. There was bathroom humor which I don’t remember from previous books and the male bonding situations continued. I don’t necessarily mind this but you can definitely feel the shift.Luke Daniels was marvelous as usual. The editing/digital remastering was inconsistent though (some parts of the audio sounded different. his voice was deeper in some sections.) I’m continuing with the series (I bought Tricked the day it came out) but I hope the author has us learn more about Atticus’ past. If it continues as it goes, I think I’ll treat this series as a funny diversion and stop expecting more.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-09 14:17

    Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!StorylinePoor Atticus just can’t catch a break can he?Hammered picks up right where Hexed left off and Atticus is fulfilling the promise he made to Laksha: steal the golden apples of Idunn in Asgard. After that near impossible task he also needs to fulfill the promise he made to vampire Leif Helgarson: take him to Thor’s realm in order to battle him.ThoughtsOkay, enough about the storyline. Here’s what you really need to know: this story/series is HILARIOUS and is steadily climbing up my favorite list. Hammered ended up being quite a bit darker than past installments but was no less enjoyable. I mean how can you not love a book with lines like this:“Now go and stake some vamps. Especially the sparkly emo ones.” “There's a reason Bath & Body Works doesn't have a line of products called Huge Fucking Squirrel.” “Is monstrous fuckpuddle,” Perun asserted, and everyone turned to stare at him with equal parts amusement and bemusement. “What? Is this not English word?” This was naturally my favorite conversation bit out of the entire story:“Oh noes, kitteh haz major angriez!” I said. I turned around to share a laugh with my companions and found them glaring at me. “What?” I asked. Leif shook a finger and said in a low, menacing tone, “If you tell me I have to talk like an illiterate halfwit to fit into this society, I will punch you.” “And I’ll pull out your goatee,” Gunnar added. “Lolcat iz new happeh wai 2 talk,” I explained to them. “U doan haz 2 be kitteh 2 speek it.”If you’re like me, this series sat on my shelf for quite a long time and I just never picked it up. Don’t make the same mistakes I did! This series is fabulously fun, incredibly original, and has an incredibly intriguing storyline that I can’t get enough of. The 4th installment Tricked comes out April 24, 2012.

  • Andy
    2019-03-12 15:20

    All about the Norse gods this time, in particular Thor who isn’t apparently all that popular folklore paints him up to be, in fact he’s a bit of an arse & has made many enemies along the way which is what the tale is about along with a few reappearing characters from the prior tale involving witches & the Celtic & Roman gods. I likes the series, having a affection of all things mythological! PLUS take it with a big pinch o salt & ride with the story/plots

  • Tanja Hammer
    2019-03-14 17:17

    Ich kann mir nicht helfen, bisher liebe ich die Bände alle.

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    2019-03-21 19:03

    Making good on his promise to the powerful witch Latcha to obtain a fabled apple from a Norse god, Atticus finds a “backdoor” into Asgard, then weaves a ridiculous tale of the Roman pantheon aiming to hurt the Norse pantheon to lay blame for the tragedies he causes while on his task. But Atticus isn’t done! He follows up these acts by heading back into Asgard with friend Leif and a handful of scorned immortals, fulfilling his promise to assist the vampire in his quest to kill Thor.Hammered is an interesting and exciting adventure for Atticus. Honestly, I’m still a bit dumb-struck over the events that occurred. Let’s just say that Atticus makes some really, really awful decisions this time around. The story has a different feel as Atticus takes on the Norse pantheon. The author expands beyond the limited look at the Tempe area and tosses about all sorts of new-to-the-series mythology. I appreciate that the majority of the world-building is presented as fact, rather than trying to convince the reader through telling. The book has a bit of a transition feel to it as Atticus concedes it is finally time to move on. His reflection on his reasons for always moving and never loving again are profound. We find out that he was married and experienced deep, true love for two centuries and had 25 kids! It’s been over 500 years and he’s afraid to set roots and love again. But he does love Oberon. And now he has a friendship with the Widow MacDonagh and his obligations to Granuaile (his apprentice). And he feels obligated to repair the damage to the land that happened back in the first book. It’s actually a very moving self-reflection as he makes the decision to leave Arizona.Another reason Hammered comes off as transitional is that as Atticus says his farewells to companions and friends, everything from the previous two books makes an appearance. Things like the Hammers of God, the witch coven, his friends, the shop; they are each dealt with in a manner that is mostly permanent, yet leaving room for reemergence one day. However, it was his farewell to the Widow MacDonagh that had me in tears. It was well done and I'm glad he got to have a proper farewell. The book then transitions to the attack on Thor. As part of the process, readers are privy to the long and painful reasons each member of the expedition seeks revenge and Thor’s demise. And while it was clear that Thor really is an ass, the whole quest felt wrong to me, especially since both Jesus and the Morrigan tell Atticus point blank what a bad idea it is. I had very mixed feelings on the battle with the Norse gods. It felt petty and needless. I understand why all were justifiably angry. But to slaughter so many "innocents" for revenge?! I just couldn't get behind it. It wasn't a noble cause. It was a bloody, mean-spirited battle, which left me unfulfilled and sad. On the bright side, the story’s narration was elevated to a new level this time around. Mr. Daniels expanded his repertoire of voices, adding several gods and accented characters. From a blowhard god to a whimsical wizard, from dimwitted frost giants to a gentle dessert elemental, each was unique and appropriately fit the persona of the character. And I only had to listen to Coyote for a brief time (I still don't like his voice!)In the end, Hammered is a tough one to rate. It is probably the strongest story to date. The entire book flowed smoothly from beginning to end, even with the lengthy backstories in the middle of the book. However... While I enjoyed the connections forged between Atticus and his companions, the overall story of revenge was tough to swallow. So much bloodshed and needless death in the name of vengeance and not for some noble cause just felt wrong. Additionally, the open-ended conclusion was a little frustrating. Between all of the goodbyes and the prophesies of doom and despair, the series appears to be heading in a new direction. I cautiously look forward to discovering what happens next. Rating: B/B-Narration: A-

  • Ami
    2019-03-08 16:07

    Wow, just when I think it can't get any better, the 3rd book of the Iron Druid Chronicles raises the bar for the whole series and addresses some issues (minor complaint on my side) that I have for the previous two books. As other reviewers said, this one has a more tone, with grave consequences in which a couple of characters meet their demise.The big plot here will be Atticus fulfilling his oath to his vampire friend, Leif, to help him kill Thor. Leif brings Gunnar (the pack Alpha) and three other parties who share the same hatred towards the Norse Thunder god: Perun, a Slavic thunder god; Väinämöinen, a shamanic culture hero of the ancient Finns; and Zhang Guo Lao, one of China’s Eight Immortals. This journey ends with some losses and Atticus dealing in a more dangerous position than ever before in two millennia (not even when the Romans kill all Druids). Prophecy of his death are told by the Morrigan and Jesus (yes, THE Jesus), both warning Atticus that he will disrupt a lot of power change if he continues his mission. But promises are made and Atticus cannot back down. For two books, my complain was how everything seems to end a little neat. Not this one, though. I cannot imagine the repercussion that Atticus must experience in the future. He has a lot of angry gods (or beings) chasing him. Plus the epilogue brings a big question about what else is going on. The structure of this book is another one that gains a PLUS for me. Throughout the two books, the stories are all told from Atticus's side. This time, we get a "break" in the middle, where in the form of male-bonding, each party share their tales on why they are determined to get their revenge over Thor. This point-of-view switch is both powerful and a bit nostalgic. Especially now I know why Leif hates Thor so much.There are still some funny quips and humor (like Atticus telling his squee over Neil Fucking Gaiman :p), though Oberon is not as present as in the previous two (and he is the funniest character here, I think). My most favorite probably when Jesus meets Atticus and share drinks. Who knows Jesus can be so funny *lol*I’m grateful to you. I tell you truly, nobody ever wants to just hang out with me. If they’re not asking for explanations or intercession, then they’re sharing too much information. ‘Why, Jesus? Help me, Jesus! Oh, Jesus, that feels good, don’t stop!’Overall, this book is a perfect set-up for the next trilogy coming in 2012.

  • KatHooper
    2019-03-04 13:08

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.After all the help he got dealing with the bad guys in Hounded and Hexed, Atticus owes favors, so he sets out to get those paid off in Hammered. The theme is Norse mythology — first Atticus has to steal one of Iðunn’s golden apples from Asgard, then he must help Leif, his vampire lawyer, kill Thor. Leif must have been planning for this for a long time because he’s bringing along a bunch of other guys who want Thor dead, too.Hammered feels much different from Hounded and Hexed. Instead of the modern Tempe, Arizona setting, most of the action in Hammered takes place in, or traveling to and from, Asgard. Oberon, who provides the comic relief, is left at home, and so is Granuaile, the wide-eyed perky apprentice. Thus, Hammered is quite a bit darker than the previous novels. The action is forestalled for a while when the characters stop to tell stories about why they want to kill Thor. This works well with Leif, who we have grown to care for, but perhaps not so well (at least for me) with the other guys, who I didn’t feel like I knew well enough to care about. It does, however, serve to explain why Thor must die.Hammered was certainly entertaining, but I didn’t enjoy this installment as much as I enjoyed Hounded and Hexed, mostly because it focuses less on some of the elements that have made the Iron Druid Chronicles so successful thus far — the bookshop in Tempe, Atticus’s neighbors and, most of all, the faithful and funny Oberon. It doesn’t help that I’m a bit weary of Norse mythology, having read quite a bit of it already this year.I perked up at the end of Hammered when something dreadful happens and is left as a cliffhanger. I will definitely be eager to learn the resolution to this in the next novel, Tricked, and I’ll definitely be reading it on audio because Luke Daniels, the narrator, is awesome.

  • Eric
    2019-03-20 18:02

    I have a minor gripe with this book, but I'll get to that in a bit. First, I have to say that I enjoyed this book a great deal. I like how instead of continuing with an easy rote formula, Kevin Hearne mixes things up with the series of short stories told around a campfire -- which was ballsy considering two of the four storytellers the reader had just met -- and then how he mixes even more things up with the book's aftermath, which I won't spoil here.Back to my gripe. Here is a quote from the first book:One of my recent partners, a lovely lass named Jesse with a tattoo of a Tinker Bell on her right shoulder blade (about as far from a real faery as one can get), had wanted to discuss a science-fiction television program, Battlestar Galactica, as a political allegory for the Bush years. When I confessed I had no knowledge of the show nor any interest in getting to know it or anything about American politics, she called me a “frakkin’ Cylon” and stormed out of the house, leaving me confused yet somewhat relieved. And here is a quote from this book:It was like walking into a nerd party and shouting, “Tricia Helfer!” or “Katee Sackhoff!”Now it is obvious from these two quotes that Kevin Hearne is a fan of BSG, which, if you are not familiar with, stars these two actresses:[image error]But the problem is that Atticus, not having watched the show, wouldn't know who these two actresses are, and even if he did, he wouldn't exclaim their names together in that way without having watched the show. I don't know why this inconsistency irritated me so much, but it's probably because I am a huge geek, and because I wanted a reason to add that picture to this review.

  • Bridget
    2019-03-15 20:03

    A bit darker than Hounded or Hexed, the first two in the series. Sort of like Empire Strikes Back was grittier & darker but it's why it was my favorite in the original Star Wars trilogy. You get to know more of the sad past of our favorite 2100 year old Druid Atticus. Also, I like how the author isn't afraid to change the formula by letting some characters go & introducing a possible scenery change for the next book. Thor is the nemesis in this one & he's a real *ss hat, so it's fun to root for the home team throughout this quick & witty read. I enjoyed it more because I saw Thor the movie this summer & it was cool to contrast Hammered's version of Thor to the one in the film. Apparently Thor had a much better PR campaign than a lot of the other gods. I was a bit disappointed because I got the old school paperback version of Hammered but apparently the Kindle version had a bonus story I missed out on from what I'm reading in the comments so if you buy it, you might want to get that version. Looking forward to the next installment.