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Iron Druid Chronicles #3
by Kevin Hearne
Del Rey, $7.99, 336pp
Published: July 2011

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.

Atticus finds himself on a mission to kill Thor as a result of various favors given him in the previous book but first he has to keep his promise to steal a golden apple from Irdun for Laksha in return for her help in dealing with the Bacchants. Things go wrong from the moment he arrives in Asgard and he barely succeeds in his mission. Having put that task behind him he now can no longer avoid leading a group to kill Thor. Before they leave he must take all the steps necessary for him and his apprentice Granuaile to disappear and assume new identities elsewhere. The group includes Leif, his vampire lawyer, Gunnar, his werewolf lawyer as well as Perun, a Slavic thunder god, Vainamoinen a Finnish shaman and Zhang Guo Lao one of China’s Eight Immortals each with their own reason to want Thor dead.

We gain insight into Gunnar and Leif as each of the party tells Atticus a story of their past to explain why they want Thor dead.  And the trip to kill Thor is not the end of Atticus’ troubles as, upon his return, Oberon warns him of yet more trouble and they leave town immediately.

Also included is a bonus story, A Test of Mettle, in which Granuaile faces a test of her worthiness to become a Druid.

So far these are quick reads, filled with fast action as one promise Atticus makes leads him to yet more trouble and more promises to deal with it. I look forward to the next installment. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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