Review: TRAPPED by Kevin Hearne

November 27, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)

TRAPPED

(Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
by Kevin Hearne

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt:  No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 27, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 034553364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533647

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing, references to sex

Description

After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.

Review

The Iron Druid Chronicles has been one of the wittiest and clever series to break into the urban fantasy landscape over the past year. The prolific Hearne has released five titles in this series since 2011, helping to keep rabid fans satiated.  In TRAPPED, however, he does more than deliver another hilariously smart tale, he lets twelve years pass between TRICKED and TRAPPED.

When a series is as fun as this one, skipping even one year is painful, so I was a little miffed at the twelve year time jump in TRAPPED as we missed all of Granuaile’s training, but the thrilling and hilarious journey involved just to get her bound to the earth went a long way towards making up for the missed years.  It was nice to see Granuaile be able to fight and defend herself better, and I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Atticus finally move forward past the apprentice/master role…It also helped that Atticus was forced to pull out every trick in his considerable arsenal to stop the numerous attempts on his life since everyone from gods to vampires are after him. One of my favorite out of many exciting fight sequences involved killer clowns in a most unusual setting.

Oberon is once again incredibly sassy and funny.  So many of the hilarious comments came from his ramblings, pop culture references, and running commentary on the plot. Another aspect of this book and series that I love is the details we learn about Ragnarok, Greek and Roman Olympians, and the Faerie realm. The mixing of mythologies is awesome here and the glossary that is included helps keep the confusion with so many unfamiliar names to a minimum.

The twelve year jump does sting, as I hate to miss a minute with this series (I need to pick up TWO RAVENS AND ONE CROW, the novella that takes place during the twelve year gap), but TRAPPED is jam packed with petty, cruel gods, and a tough as iron Druid who can more than handle anything they throw at him. Hopefully HUNTED, the sixth and projected final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, will pick up right after TRAPPED when it comes out in 2013.

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3 Responses to “Review: TRAPPED by Kevin Hearne”

  1. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I adore this series (raved over Trapped yesterday, in fact). Oberon is by far a favorite character, as is Atticus. And Granuaile needs her own series!

  2. Anne

    No! There’s only one more planned?!? How disappointing. This is one series I highly recommend seeing if your library has the audio version. When I read the books I hear Oberon in my head as played by Luke Daniels. If an Irish bloodhound could talk, Daniel’s nailed it.