The Iron Druid chronicles started as a fun series, a perfect read over the holiday season.
What to Expect
Picking up from the last novel, Hexed sees Atticus and his gang square off against those who think him weakened after the last novel, particularly witches from the old world. Expect the same shenanigans, with quips and pop-references amidst the action.
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.
Following Hammered is a short story, A Test of Mettle. Unlike the rest of the series it’s told from Granuaile’s (Atticus’ apprentice) POV. It’s included in the book, and makes for a great addition. While not critical to understand the main series events, focusing on supporting cast like this adds depth to both characters and world, and is great fun in general.
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 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. (He hinted he might get a dog in an adventure he hasn’t had the time to recount yet). 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.
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