Hammered by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, has survived for centuries largely by avoiding conflict, but that’s no longer an option as the consequences of past actions force him to take up arms against the Norse god of thunder, Thor.
Okay, the premise sounds a little ridiculous, but that’s one of the things that I love about this series. The author, Kevin Hearne, knows how to have a good time with mythology and old magic. He’s created a world where all of the old gods are still around, but are generally much less involved. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t still cause trouble.
Over the years, one god in particular has caused more trouble and burned more bridges than any other. That god is Thor and he’s generally considered to be a major bully by the magical community.
One thing I liked about Hammered in particular was that Atticus’ perfect little life starts to go sideways and he’s forced to deal with it. Atticus had built up a comfortable life in Arizona, but that ended when he slew Aenghus Og. Since then, he’s been confronted with one conflict after the next and it seems like the stakes are higher each time.
In the first novel, Atticus came across as a bit insensitive. I believe that was an intentional decision by the author as a 2,000 year old, immortal man is simply going to have different viewpoints than the average person today. But these conflicts are forcing him to figure out who and what he cares about and it’s slowly shaping him into a better character.
But with all that said, no, these novels are not really overly serious. They are fun and easy to read, and that’s what I appreciate most. Just a great blend of mythology, action, and humor. Recommended!