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Nowhere as good as the first two,
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This review is from: Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Kindle Edition)
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, I looked forward to this one.
Alas, it was a disappointment.
The once original premise - a 2000-year old druid from the Iron Age lives in modern-day USA, in the role of a young Irishman who runs an occult bookstore - has grown stale. The reading experience was similar to hearing a the same old joke told yet again.
The plot is thin. Because the main story is too meagre to fill a book, there's obvious padding. For example, at one stage, there are a lot of superfluous characters telling each other stories. I got the impression that those characters were inserted purely so they could tell their life stories. The pretext for the story-telling is flimsy... a male male bonding session before they set off on a quest. "Let's each tell a story, this way we'll all be bonded together." Those stories are interesting, but they're not part of the novel plot.
What annoys me most is the info-dumping. The druid delivers lengthy lectures (pages!) to his apprentice. Those are as tedious as lengthy lectures in college, and they serve no purpose other than provide masses of information for the reader. The previous books managed to convey information by weaving it skilfully and unobtrusively into the plot, but in this book, it's boring info-dumps.
Whereas in the previous books, various religions were treated with respect, and the characters from those religions acted in ways consistent with their values, this time, it's plain silly.
For example, Jesus Christ is a character in this book. While I was willing to suspend my disbelief, to imagine what Jesus would do if he visited 21st century America, and to picture him multiplying fish&chips meals, I think Jesus would do that for a reason. Jesus might indeed sit in a fish&chips shop and give everyone a free meal - perhaps to feed the hungry, to make a statement, or to illustrate a point - but I very much doubt he'd do it as a magic trick for his own amusement because he's bored.
Reading, I got the impression that the author was trying to trump his previous books, but had run out of fresh ideas, so he rehashed the old jokes about religions, just laying everything on thicker.
The result is - for this reader at least - contrived, silly and boring.
I won't buy the next book.