Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 Hours 40 Minutes
Audiobook Publication date: July 5th 2011
My rating: 4.5 stars
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.
I went into Hammered thinking it wouldn’t be as good as the first two books, but I was wrong. Just as the first two, this was filled with action, clever humor, and a engrossing plot. While the beginning started off a little slow it wasn’t long until I was completely caught up in the story.
Atticus is delivering on his promise to take Leif Helgarson, his vampire lawyer to the Norse plain of Asgard to find and kill the god Thor. They band together with three other gods and Gunnar, the Alpha werewolf of the Tempe pack, all parties having a bone to pick with Thor. I knew Leif had a grudge against Thor, but it wasn’t explained until this book and I think one of my favorite parts of Hammered was the turns each of these men took telling their story of how Thor wronged them. Gunnar and Leif’s touched me the most, and I became more attached to these secondary characters because of it.
As with the first two books there was a lot of action, and I enjoyed “seeing” Atticus’ sharp strategizing play out. The final battle with Thor was exciting and brutal, and there were some very sad losses. One thing I did find surprising was the (highlight for spoiler) fate Atticus was willing to let Freya come to. I’m choosing to believe he would’ve done something if she didn’t get away on her own. (end of spoiler)
I was hoping for a little more Granuaile, Atticus’ Druid apprentice, but what we did have of her was pleasing. (highlight for spoiler) I keep looking for any little hint of a romance, and there was one little exchange I zeroed in on, but still nothing substantial. I’ve been assured it’s coming.(end of spoiler)
There were several things left up in the air and a mild cliffhanger that made me happy the next book is already released.
As with the first two books, I listened to the audio version and I highly recommend it. Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator, nailing the accents and humor! His performance breathed life into the story that surely enhanced my experience with this series.