Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #3) by Kevin Hearne - Book Review

Write on: Tue, 03 Jan 2023 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 70

The Iron Druid chronicles started as a fun series, a perfect read over the holiday season.

What to Expect

Hammered again continues the events of the previous novel, this time with Atticus fulfilling promises he made when securing aid in Hexed. This novel is much about the Norse mythology (rather than the Irish, as in previous). We get to see some more of of the magic system, beings, and planes, and the interplay between them. We also get an answer to the question of why everyone hates Thor.

What I liked

The series does get a little bit darker in Hammered (the most hilarious scene in first meeting the frost giant chieftain aside). In fact, it's Hearne's exploration of consequences that gives the series depth; the humour that keeps it entertaining, for a perfect balance.

I love the character of Atticus, proving that growing old and growing up are optional. He's a lighthearted rascal, and you can't but like him for it. His dog Oberon is the perfect companion, and has his priorities straights (sausages). Add a fast-paced plot on the background of a very interesting world and magic-system (which we get to see more of in this novel), and you got all the ingredients of great entertainment.

What to be aware of

It's a quick, fun read -- entertaining rather than overly thought-provoking (perfect for the beach, in other words). The series definitely builds up on previous events (one of it's draw points, for me), so you should really start with Hounded and read from the start.

Felix's Review

Felix appreciated Atticus' temperament, his flippant and irreverent attitude at times, though he thinks he's slightly suicidal, not to say unhinged, in facing against gods. Still, he acknowledges that Atticus has the impressive power to carry this through.

Felix also finds Oberon a worthy companion, and supports his move for more treats and belly rubs. The story is an adventure story, not Felix's preference of mystery, but that didn't stop him from enjoying it.


Highly recommended read for excellent, entertaining, light urban-fantasy. I'm going to jump on the rest of the series.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.

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Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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