I waited very very patiently (not so much) for Trapped, and my patience was rewarded! It’s here! Wheeeeeeeeeee!
Well. Atticus knew way back when (twelve years ago, to be exact) that some of the stuff he’s done would come to bite him in the
ass behind. Karma’s a b**** like that. He so should’ve stayed out of that whole getting-a-god-killed thing. Never mind that he didn’t do the killing – gods don’t really care that much for details anyway.
So he’s spent the last twelve years in hiding, pretending to be dead so he can complete Granuaile’s training. Now she’s ready to become a Druid in her own right, and of course this is when the Universe decides to make up for twelve years of peace. Which starts with the Slavic thunder god Perun fleeing to Earth with Loki on his heels. A mad (crazy), mad (angry) Loki. You’d think Loki would be jumping with joy now that he’s free, but no. He’s mad that someone else had the nerve to kill Thor. Not so big on living in the moment, is Loki…
And it’s not enough that Loki’s loose in the world. Nope. Apparently someone’s messing with the paths and the only place Atticus can perform Granuaile’s binding is right by the Greek and Roman pantheon – the very ones he’s trying to avoid. Karma 1, Atticus 0.
Now, even that wouldn’t be so bad, because this druid knows how to hide. Until another god sniffs him out, and someone sends assassins. Then the vampires decide to come and play, too. Quite the party, huh?
The action is definitely hopping in this fifth installment of Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, but it’s not all explosions and crazy car chases. We have the (expected) snarkiness and sassiness, poodle and sausage references, and a plethora of larger-than-life players. And, best of all, we have Oberon, the smartest Irish wolfhound ever.
I love this series. It’s entertaining – characters and story both – and satisfying. The story always moves forward, complete with consequences for prior actions (see above paragraphs). And the characters always grow. You’d think a two-thousand year old druid would’ve seen it and done it all, but apparently he’s still learning. Which is just adorable! Ok, maybe that’s too mushy of a word for Atticus. But it’s late and I’m tired, so adorable stays.
Anyway. Read this. And if you haven’t met Atticus yet, start with Hounded. Be prepared to laugh, sometimes even out loud.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Title: Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5)
Author: Kevin Hearne
eBook: 247 pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Have you read Trapped? What did you think?