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I seriously love this series. But I suppose if I am writing a review for the 5th book in the series that goes without saying.
I found this book to be reminiscent of book three. That is to say, it isn't my favorite in the series. But it is interesting nonetheless. It was very political and a lot of games were being played. Who was betraying who, who was in league with who? Although some things left me frustrated and confused...like why didn't he just take conventional methods to get to places he wanted to go, like a car or plane. It also left a lot of things unresolved.
I hope the next book ties up some loose ends. But it was an interesting listen all the same.
IDC... great entertainment. And, another book that's hard to put down. SnugglePumkin rocks. He almost, makes you want to run out and get an Irish Wolfhound of your own, then you remember that their minemum weight is 150 lbs. That's alot of puppy to snuggle with. And agian I'm counting the days to the next release of the series. Hearne has baited the IDC with the news he plans to release 3 more books in the series. Thank you Mr. Hearne. That's a positive note for the new year.
"Trapped" is another action-packed chapter in the Iron Druid Chronicles filled with angry gods, drunken gods, evil clowns and crazy elves who want Atticus destroyed at any cost. Never make deals with dark elves (or even think about them too much) and, above all, do NOT molest the forest dryads! Don't ask for recipes just after enraging your host and don't eat the beautiful too-good-to-be-true steak that just fell from heaven...don't even look at it too long.
This is another home-run hit (baseball analogy pun intended because Atticus thinks of baseball whenever...well, followers of the series will "get" this). The action moves from hilarious to deadly serious and back again pulling me right along behind it, a willing servant to the plot.
Granuaile's training is complete which removes student/teacher ethical reservations harbored by Atticus. This allows the story to move forward on an emotional level as well as a practical one. Now Granuaile can be bound to the earth, but the undertaking becomes quite problematic for all concerned and more of an ordeal than Atticus ever thought possible.
Atticus and Granuaile have finally admitted their affection for each other and taken steps toward a relationship, despite Oberon's vehement objections. Oberon thinks humans have ridiculous mating rituals (a wise dog is Oberon). The story has not turned into some sort of a sappy sloppy romance, just naturally followed the storyline as it has been developing lately. It is good to see Atticus feeling less alone now. While Oberon is no doubt a wonderful companion sometimes humans need other humans..or is that "Druids need other Druids"?
(Maybe we'll be introduced to some "little Druids" in the future??? It is nice to speculate, but there is still plenty of serious business to be addressed fairly soon, so little Druids are just my own little fantasy.)
This is an excellent addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Hearne masterfully avoids the feared storyline degradation as the series progresses; he keeps it fresh and moving right along. The story remains strong and dynamic. I enjoyed this installment as much as the first book in the series. That is a rare and wonderful thing and much appreciated by this reader.
Luke Daniels is as amazing as ever. I can almost see Oberon begging for sausage.....or bacon....and thanks to Daniels, I can certainly "hear" him!
Kudos to both author and narrator. Whatever lucky quirk of fate brought the two of you together created a perfect match...or maybe it really was magic?
I just enjoy listening to the further adventures of Atticus and Oberon.
Haven't met a character yet that wasn't interestingly portrayed. Much thought seems to go into both the main and side chararcters.
I've listened to Luke's performance for the previous books in this series and have enjoyed each rendition. He pulls off some wicked pronunciations as though they are "everyday" words heard at Walmart :)
And, like others have mentioned - love Oberon's voice.
Not giving anything away here - buy the book and listen!
Start with the first book... you will get hooked... and I'm now waiting for the next one... I think next June sometime.
Definitely I love the whole series!
Oberon is my favourite character and his one liners are the best!
He brings the whole story to life for me, I will listen to all future Iron Druid stories!
"What's better than one Druid? ..... Two Druids!"
Just looking forward to the next one!
Normally after the 2nd or 3rd book in a series I get bored. Not so with Iron Druid. Great story with plenty of humor.
With all the five dollar words, multiple story lines, the vast amount of information on pantheons and even a meeting with Jesus to get boozed up and eat fish and chips and the constant and extensive violence- a person would assume that Kevin Hearne is writing these books for late teens and adults. Yet, after 4.5 books, and patiently waiting for when he and his apprentice finally get intimate- it was like reading someone that was 8 years old. It was a non-event. At the very least he could have described how he felt when he kissed her after waiting 12 years. Kevin spent more time describing baseball than what was supposed to be the culmination of his feelings for Gronuaile. Not the way a 2000 year old Druid would approach sex or love. I felt that this book was thin on plot, and the violence is just getting 'same old-same old'. I agree with others that this series is very similar in nature and pace to the Dresden series, but Jim Butcher has done a better job of character development and writes more comfortably and creatively about emotion. Not sure if I will continue with this series.
Luke Daniels did a wonderful job of reading this book and portraying the characters well.
Unwasted Words Reviews
For twelve years Atticus has enjoyed the relaxed less life threatening existence a presumed death inclines. The long process of training an apprentice has finally come and at the cusp of binding Granuaile to the earth, he's rudely interrupted by a few ghost from the not so distant past.
Someone's orchestrating a symphony of a set up, sending one supernatural after another trying to collect the bounty on the druids. Atticus will have to use all his two thousand plus years of experience to find a way to bind Granuaile and stay alive.
There is an upside to being turned down by publishers when you take the rejection and use the time to revise and rework the writing. I have to say that Tricked wasn't my favorite book in the series, it didn't have the same ease and edited air about it that Hounded, Hexed and Hammered had, so I was a bit hesitant about Trapped.
Fortunately I enjoyed this installment. I love Hearne's chic geek dialogue seamlessly blending fact, fiction, and pop culture to tell his stories. Coupled with his uncanny ability to commune with the canine mind, one can't help but laugh out loud. Hearne doesn't slack on the world building. I never feel anything but fully immersed in both the modern and imaginary. The author also manages to meld all the various mythologies and their worlds into a cohesive believable setting for his hero.
My only dislike is with the story line. I didn't feel the plot was challenging enough. There weren't very many alternate threads and the main story line didn't resolve for me. Trapped felt more like the first half of a book. But it was an entertaining beginning filled with lots of action, humor, and depth.
Luke Daniels never disappoints. He reads well, has an extensive stable of voices, you can tell he does his research, and really take the challenge Hearne provides with all the different cultures and languages and puts out a performance you want to listen to over and over again.
Overall I think Hearne is getting back into his stride and I can't wait for the next installment!
Well if your following the story, I would say yes. It doesn't pay to start with this book, you would have to read the first four to have it make sense.
I really can't say, I was disappointed with the ending, it left you knowing there will be another book because, you were just left hanging. That kind of annoyed me, because the other four could stand alone with a definite ending.
I've only listened to him doing this series, and he's wonderful with the different accents, and you defiantly know which character is speaking every time. If anything he really made the story more enjoyable.
Since there are Four books before this I think you couldn't do a stand alone movie.
I think that Kevin Hearne should have waited a bit and added to this book to make it more complete. Each of the other four books could stand alone and were very good. This one was kind of a let down because of the ending. Some one else mentioned that Jim Butcher's Dresden Files new book came out the same day # 14 "Cold Days" I listened to that already and as usual Butcher's books just get better and better. However, each of the books in the series, even though you should read in order to get full enjoyment, you can just pick anyone up and read a complete book. That is what this one book was missing it had a nice start up, and a good middle, but the end just hung there. I hope that book 6 comes out soon and doesn't do this kind of thing again.
This series captured me from the start and I have really enjoyed both the overall story and the performance of the narrator. However, in this book, a trend that started to emerge in the last book becomes very evident - our 'hero' is tainted by evil. The question is if he has always been that way, or if this is something relatively new? He kills without cause, shows little remorse over causing death and destruction to thousands, and has pretty much screwed up the actual universe because of his own petty pride. As much as I liked him to start with, I am starting to hope he gets served up the punishment he deserves. Pretty odd direction for an author to take a reader, but I am still interested in the series.