Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Just finished reading Hammered by Kevin Hearne.  Wow.  This series is really growing up!!  If you haven’t already read Hounded or Hexed then the following will undoubtedly contain spoilers so read no further!

Hammered continues where Hexed left off.  Atticus has two debts to fulfill in this story.  He must travel to Asgard to retrieve an apple of eternal youth as part of his deal with Laksha for helping him in Hexed.  Also, he has promised to take Leif to Asgard to help him exact revenge on Thor.  So there’s plenty going on and we delve straight in with Atticus riding bareback on a giant squirrel called Ratatosk to arrive in Asgard and steal an apple from Freyr’s hall but invoking the wrath of the Gods in so doing – particularly as he killed the Norns in the doing.  So, Atticus is now firmly in the sights of the Gods and yet now he must return to Asgard as he has given his word to Leif to assist him (actually, having reread this para it does beg the question of why Atticus just didn’t take Leif with him when he went to retrieve the apple – killing two birds with one stone?  Maybe he thought it would be too risky in terms of bring the apple back??).

This instalment is much darker than the other books.  Without wanting to give away spoilers there is more death and upset this time around.  Plus we don’t get to spend as much time with some of our favourite characters.  Oberon does not travel into battle with Atticus and so we miss a lot of the banter from the previous novels, also the Druid apprentice stays behind.  There is still a generous dose of humour sprinkled in between with plenty of fun references.  We have a huge shout out to Neil Gaiman, and internal conflict with Spock and Kirk playing the good/bad conscience angels perched on Atticus’s shoulders and we have Atticus going for a beer with a hippie, tie dye t-shirt wearing Jesus.  However, even with this liberal sprinkling of humour there is no denying that the stories have taken on a different feel.  We now start to feel some of the repercussions of the actions that Atticus takes.  Not everyone lives!  And, what about that ending – creepy and intriguing (luckily I now don’t have long to wait for the next book to relieve my need for answers!)

What I particularly liked this time was the inclusion of 5 short stories from the characters who travel to Asgard with Atticus.  Each gives their own personal reasons for wishing to kill Thor and I must admit that he’s been a rather nasty piece of work over the ages and deserves everything he gets!

There are also lots of different myths and religions included here – we have a Russian God of Thunder and one of the Eight Chinese Immortals. There is a Finnish God, we have the Norse gods and the Valkryies – if anything there is perhaps a little too much going on!  But that is only a very minor criticism.

This is another very enjoyable instalment in the series and has set the bar for something totally different.  Atticus will now be on the run – he’s no longer safe, his actions are going to bring huge repercussions.  After all you can’t just go round killing gods with impunity and not expect any come back!

I know that I’ve already mentioned the creepy ending – but, it’s not only creepy, it’s also sad!  Yes, this is definitely a much darker and bleaker story – I wonder whether he regrets keeping his word to Leif – I wonder if Leif regrets his desire for revenge.  I wonder if there will be more Oberon and sausages in Tricked!  So many questions.  Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

I’m going to include this read in one of my current challenges – the Once Upon a Time challenge (or not a challenge) being hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings.  I think with the inclusion of so many Gods this can definitely be included in the myth category!  Stop on over and check out this ‘none’ challenge – it’s all about having fun and along the way you get to meet some really great people and find out some excellent recommendations for other books – if your TBR pile can take it!

Hammered

Hammered by Kevin Hearne

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6 Responses to “Hammered by Kevin Hearne”

  1. nrlymrtl

    While more serious and darker, there was still lots of bare-butt humor that had me laughing out loud – which looks really odd in the car. That scene just after he flies over to the Widow McDonagh’s and his werewolf friend stops by and demands to know what he has been up to – still has me laughing.

    • lynnsbooks

      What about that ending though! I’m gonna burst a blood vessel waiting to find out what the hell just happened there! Lynn 😀

  2. TBM

    OK…I took your spoiler alert warning seriously and didn’t read further. But I got the impression that the series is getting better and better.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s definitely becoming more serious and less ‘comic’. I think it may get a lot darker!

      Lynn 😀

  3. Buried In Print

    I’ve never heard of this series, but it sounds pretty neat. And six books: that’s a lot of reading to look forward to, once you’re hooked!

    • lynnsbooks

      I must admit they’re starting to get a bit more serious now. At first they almost had a comic book fun and were great fun. I’m still enjoying it because the characters are so likable – particularly the dog Oberon – but, and I know this is probably a bit silly but I’m hoping it doesn’t become too dark!
      Lynn 😀

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