Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Published by Brillance Audio on Jul 5, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
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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.
With the current popularity of the Marvel movies, which include Thor, it’s interesting to read a completely different take on the character. This book’s Thor is a real jerk and bully, enough that several strong people want to kill him.
There is a lot of storytelling in this story, as the group of characters who are going against Thor share their histories as a way to bond. It was fun to learn more about Leif and Gunnar as they are both very interesting characters. Their stories were quite heartbreaking.
Since most of the book focuses on the lead up to, and battle with, Thor, most of my favourite characters are barely mentioned, Oberon and the widow in particular. They did make a few appearances, and the scene with the widow was quite sad. I hope they appear more in the next book.
Overall, this book had a darker feel than the previous ones. The story focuses one big fight, and nothing is pleasant. There is quite a bit of death in this book, which would have made for a gloomier read, if the story wasn’t as full of humour. As it was, it was an odd mix of somber and amusing, and surprisingly worked well.