After 12 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.
©2012 Random House Audio (P)2012 Kevin Hearne
"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus are the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden." (SFFWorld)
The last 4 books of Hearne's epic series were filled with awesome concepts, an interesting (if not questionable) main character, and a meaty story with plenty of room to grow. Not only did this story have the potential to enchant you with the possibility of a riveting and constantly evolving tale, but it was fresh in a time when I needed a break from the repetitiveness of other series. This book shoots the characters 15 years into the future. It just feels like a lot of potential lost, and the story itself feels like a wrap-up or a bad tv drama, and yet, the series goes on...I hope the next book is better but Hearne needs to stop writing Novellas and start concentrating on the main story.
longer more in depth story with more plot twists involving strange and unexpected scenarios that color the characters and evolve them in a less general way than, they f*ck for three days strait.
oh ya, stop writhing Novellas and start writhing books again your first four were awesome!
Get back to your roots.
Less comic book action, the entire point to the amazing character development in the series was lost.
I loved the conversations and character development in the series. But that was lost when it turned into Kill Bill meets Die Hard.
First two chapters... down hill from there.
It was well edited, the premise of the book was the issue. It lost focus and started building toward body count.
I am a huge fan of the series, and I will continue to be. However, in my mind the series will end at book 4. (This is very similar to the Eragon Series, I didn't even read the final book in that series, although I'm still a fan of book one.)
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Let me say it, when i read the first book i didn't think the series was that good... but honestly i wasn't focused at that time.... but when i got the 2nd book, i bought 3rd, 4th, 4.5th and this one all at once. ...
I love a book when i laugh during it, and this series an this book made me laugh a lot.
Narration is as good as always, and the ending in this books is so good... can't wait to read bok 6
There is so many good characters, but my favorite is Oberon... That dog is damn funny
But in this book what i didn't like is the last few chapters... it felt like it went so fast... someone comes says you must do this, and then he goes and do it .... which it should have been harder in my opinion than how easy it sounded like.... i feel like the previous books were better, but i feel like this book being a preparation for a great 6th book.
After the awesomeness of the first three I felt a little let down.
Quite frankly, a week after finishing it, I don't remember the ending. I didn't have the second part downloaded when the first part ended, so I started listening to the new Harry Dresden I had downloaded too, until I could get to wifi. Instead I listened to ALL of Cold Days before coming back to the second half of this book.
Maybe it was my own expectations being too high. I didn't have to wait to read the first three, but had to wait for this one, and I really wanted to read the story that gave us a new Druid.
Maybe it was the narrator's Oberon voice. I HATED how he voiced Oberon. It drove me up the wall. He made the dog sound like he had brain damage and a tongue transplant. Apart from that, he was fine tho.
Maybe it was because I felt he took an oft-repeated one-line joke from the first three books and basically made a major plot point out of it - although I had actually been WAITING for that joke to catch up to him (no, I won't tell you the joke, go listen)
Don't get me wrong, the book isn't bad at all. The action moves along at a decent clip, I definitely enjoyed the vampires, both old and new.
I was hoping for better after the first three.
Im not sure.... I loved books 1-4 but this one seemed to lack a real story.
His other books in the series are great. This one just left me wishing for more.
He should have kept it the same. For some reason he switched up his style for this book. Changing the way some of the characters sounded.
I've loved all the previous books in the series, so I eagerly awaited book 5. I'm not completely sure what it was, but I wasn't as thrilled with book 5. I found myself getting bored with the story. I like the story of Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon, but I find Hearne goes off into so many tangents and sub-plots that at some points I no longer know (or care) what the main plot of the novel is. I think he needs to think about his story development and pacing. Oberon was in this novel probably more than all the others, which was fun.
I hope book 6 is able to re-capture my interest in this series. I'll listen to this one again and see if it might have been my mood at the time? This wasn't bad, just wasn't the same experience for me as the others.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
As usual, this was an exciting book, full of interesting action and unexpected twists but I got mad by the way the business with Atticus and Granuaile got resolved. When I read a book in the first person I expect to know something about that person's emotions but the author spent more time on wisecracks that on really revealing Atticus' feelings.
I don't know why I keep getting disappointed with the continued lack of emotional disclosure by Atticus. It's clear that the author is just not going there with him. At first I thought the author didn't want to alienate the male audience by getting "mushy" but now I'm starting to believe the author is just not capable to take his characters in that direction. Please note I'm not upset because the love scenes were "fade to black" but because there wasn't any discussion about his feelings. If you've loved a woman for a long, long time and you finally get to be with her, I expect to hear at least a "Yay!!" to convey how you feel about the situation. Atticus has tons of potential but I feel as if there's a wall between this inner core and the way he behaves in public that not even the reader can see.
One thing I liked about their relationship was that once he wasn't her instructor, he treated her like an adult and allowed her to make her own decisions. He didn't go all caveman or pretended that he had all the answers. He gave her the lowdown and once she made her choice, there wasn't any boorish behavior (see why I say he has potential?)
Right now I'm feeling like giving up on the series but I know that once it gets closer to the release of the next book, I'll be sure to change my mind.
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Man, I love this series! I love that it doesn't' take itself too seriously. There is just enough comedy to keep things moving, and lightens up the plot. A lot going on, and a fast moving story. The world that Hearne has created is so intriguing and fun! Luke Daniels is a fantastic narrator and adds to the enjoyment of this series. Can't wait to get to the next one!
I like the series, the characters, and the diversity of travel, but the think tank needs a shot of new ideas, or move on to a new adventure.
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istened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 5.00 (Not Part of the overall Rating)
What I thought of the characters/story: Trapped is the 5th book in the Iron Druid series and I will admit upfront that I am a huge fan. I have enjoyed each of these books immensely and know that I am in for a good time when I start to listen. I love the characters! They are the reason this series works so well. Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile are a fantastic trio. Just going to say it, Kevin can write some very smart and witty banter that is made of epic awesomeness! The story was a little uneven for me this time and the ending was really abrupt (to the point I checked a print copy to make sure something wasn't left out). I will also admit that I could do without the romance. I love Atticus and love Granuaile BUT so far I am not loving them as a couple. I think they work better as friends and partners. That being said, I am willing to keep an open mind during the next book to see if I feel more of a connection. Overall, this series is not one to be missed and one that I recommend to everyone!
What I thought of the audio: At this point I just sound like a broken record: Luke Daniels is made of awesome and hit it out of the park again!
*I did get a print copy for review but chose to listen to a copy I bought instead
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