Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.
But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.
©2012 Kevin Hearne (P)2012 Random House Audio
“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit.... Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.” ("SFF World", on Hounded)
“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice...a savvy urban fantasy adventure.” (Library Journal, on Hounded)
Absolutely! Each time something new a joke, a literary or mythological reference pops out and increases the enjoyment.
It's hard to pick just one, but the betrayal sticks out in my mind as it creates a new arc in the story...it's completely unexpected yet how Atticus handles the situation educates the reader on how he has survived this long.
The voices, the intonation, the pacing of the story is unique and so much better than when I read it in print. This maybe because only this one have I also read the print edition. After reading the print edition, I bought the audible version just to listen to Luke Daniels' interpretation of my favorite characters.
I've read on Mr. Hearne's blog/website that he plans for 9 books (an important number in cycles, especially Irish) so I am eagerly awaiting books 5-9. I hope that if 9 ends the Iron Druid Chronicles that he will write another Cycle!
Tricked ranks in the top 15 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.
The beginning of Tricked is fantastic and reminds you why you want to read this continuation of Iron Druid Chronicles.
His narration is awesome and he demonstrates the same amazing talent as before.
This book has tons of funny moments from pop culture and movies. The way the author brings it together is histerical.
If you are looking for a main character that lives in a current time and is clever as all sin, this is a book for you.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Hearne got back on track with a story that is directly about Atticus after his mythological tangent of book three. This was as good a story as book two was so if you liked the earlier books in this series, you'll like this one just as much. (And if you haven't read the other books, I'd suggest reading them first, in order.)
This installment sees Atticus setting up his new life after upsetting all the gods in book three. It features a lot of Coyote, and the mythology explored this time is Native American. It didn't feel as "educational" as the last book but it wasn't as light-humored as the first books either. There is some humor in it, mostly involving Oberon, but the story itself is a bit serious.
There was a nice little... hiccup... in the story involving Leif and Oberon and Atticus' past actions which I'm thinking will lead up to events to be covered in the next book, well, I'm hoping it will anyway, because I like Leif and kinda hope that thread gets sorted out
All in all, I like the series quite a bit and am looking forward to the next installment when it comes out. The narration is as excellent as it has been in the other books.
Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger
This installment is a prime example of Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” As soon as Atticus’ deal with the trickster god Coyote was revealed I knew that I was in for a wild ride, especially seeing how both Jesus and The Morigan had forewarned the druid about staying on his current path in HAMMERED. I’m not sure if he believes in karma but this is the novel where O’Sullivan’s luck runs out and comes back to bite him in the butt, rather spectacularly I might add, which is not so good for him but excellent news for us readers.
Kevin Hearne more than makes up for the lack of Oberon moments in the previous book by ensuring that my favourite Irish Wolfhound is font-and-center in this installment. I positively adore the humor that Atticus’ furry companion brings to this series; from his musical interludes (the sausage song cracked me up) to his bath time story adventures. O’Sullivan and Oberon keep a running tally of who’s outwitting who in this novel and, surprisingly enough, the dog actually manages to keep a decent lead for most of the book. The sausage point system definitely went a long way into keeping the hound motivated! Another fun priceless is that because Atticus and Granuaile have assumed new identities Oberon insists that he needs one too. So, of course, he comes up with the most ridiculous name ever for a 150lbs dog: Snugglepumpkin!
Every installment in this series revolves around a different mythology and in this case it’s Navajo. I enjoyed learning more about the trickster god, even though this wasn’t the first time that we’ve encountered Coyote in this series. He has regenerative abilities so I’ll let you put two-and-two together and figure out what lengths he had to go to in order to secure Atticus’ help. But, Coyote being the conniving deceiver that he is makes sure that he comes out ahead in their bargain. As a result, O’Sullivan is forced to go toe-to-toe with one of the nastiest creatures in Navajo lore: skinwalkers. I was equally as fascinated as I was repulsed by these first world spirits.
We learn even more about Atticus and his long lost love in this book as well as some of the identities that he’s previously assumed; apparently the 3 months he spent as “Nigel in Toronto” were the worst. I’m also beginning to wonder why O’Sullivan hates witches so much when vampires are clearly far more awful. I was shocked by Leif Helgarson’s actions in this novel. I thought he was going to be a regular secondary character in this series but now… not so much. I’ve been speculating when/if this was going to happen but, sparks finally do begin to fly between Atticus and his apprentice Granuaile. Nothing of any real significance occurs but the romance wheel has now been set in motion and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them become more than just teacher/student in the near future.
Luke Daniels continues to excel as this series’ narrator; not only is he skilled at accents, and at portraying unconventional characters but he also adds singing to his diverse repertoire in this novel. TRICKED contains equal parts action and humour which makes it my second favourite installment in THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES, after HOUNDED. I can’t recommend these audiobooks enough; they are seriously made of awesome!
Probably. The book was still entertaining.
I think that perhaps there is too much Oberon. Not that I don't love him, but the humor from Oberon has become more and more forced feeling. The humor used to be surprising and cute... now I find myself rolling my eyes and waiting for his lines to end.
As performed by Luke Daniels... I think I like Coyote the best, but I do love the way he performs everyone.
I'm not sure....books turned into movies have a habit of being underwhelming.
The Naration was great but the story was full of eco-terrorism and how horrible the power companies are, coal and oil were top on the hit list. I read fiction for fiction don't hit me over the head every other page with your political views.
Not an Iron druid
Fantasy and Romance Author
After the disappointment of HAMMERED, this was a nice return to the style of the first two books in the series...lots of humor, lots of Atticus-Oberon interaction, and I loved some of the secondary characters (especially Frank, the Navajo medicine man, who got some of the best lines in the book, and of course, Coyote).
We also get some follow-ups and consequences to the events in HAMMERED, especially as pertains to Leif Helgursson's fate.
Regarding the events of HAMMERED, and also some of Atticus' back-story, as revealed through flashbacks, I've come to the conclusion that whatever potion Atticus drinks to keep looking 21 also retarded his brain development, so that he functions like a 21-year-old, too. His actions make so much more sense when you think of him as having about the same level of brain function as a frat boy...especially the poorly-developed sense of action > consequence.
In any case, this book was a huge improvement over HAMMERED, much more in the vein of HOUNDED and HEXED. Solid narrative spine, Atticus/Grainneuil/Oberon in the center of things, and an interesting jeopardy. It was an enjoyable listen and the narrator, as with the previous works, did a terrific job with the different voices.
This book is outstanding. It does not take itself seriously, and it delivers an awesome entertainment. Oberon is absolutely hilarious that narrator does an excellent job portraying a doggie accent.
Book is continuation of Druid's adventures where he (as before) gets in trouble while trying to get out of trouble. There are few holes in the logic of the author, but a reader does not have to worry about it that this book mostly is about light fun.
I highly recommend this book that along with a good fantasy story, a listener would get some really good laughs out of it : )
I can not wait for the next book in the series.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The humor and action. the voices in the story are like meeting up with old friends.
The closes would be Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for the cosmology of the series. The main character even amits to being a huge Gaiman fan and nerding out over meeting him.
Oberon as usual with secondary honors going to Coyote. Coyote was a fun character that always managers to stay a step ahead of Atticus. I hope he shows up in more of the books.
Not really other than the humor.
Great book. Buy it. Buy it I say!
I think the narrator, Luke Daniels, enjoys voicing the different characters, especially the non-human, very much. He has enhanced a fun, very enjoyable story (series) and added another layer to their personalities.
The books put colourful pictures in my head & they have a great soundtrack too!
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