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)
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
I have been listening to this series from the start, if you looking for an action packed barrel of laughs that will entertain you, and keep you laughing long after you are done, this is it!
This book has it all! Werewolf's, vampires, gods, demons, witches, and a talking Irish wolfhound thrown in for extra comic relief. This book has enough pop culture references to keep the oldest and youngest entertained for months.
The story flows from beginning to end so quickly that you will be highly annoyed when its over.
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.
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.
No. Story lost it's way into a diatribe against capitalism.
He started preaching politics instead of sticking with the theme. Also too much of Oberon.
He was fine, except Oberon's voice is getting annoying.
Not really. Was glad when it was over, unlike the other books which I really enjoyed and could not wait to download the next one.
Not sure if I will purchase any more of the series. It's a shame the series has been a fun read and the whole concept of explaining the mechanics of the magic I thought was great a great idea. Now it has become a Michael Moore wet dream!
Don't believe the good reviews, I did and I was sorry.
The law of diminishing returns applies to this once entertaining series, each
installment is far less enjoyable than the previous.
No one buys a book like this expecting a ground breaking piece of literature, but this book had no point. The main story line should have taken 30 min therefore we are left with 11 1/2 hours of boring, pointless, unfunny digression.
Hearne needs to stop ripping off his betters, stealing ideas and concepts from actual talented authors, like Neil Gaimen, and in this book Jim Butcher.
The deuce I just took was more fresh, had more depth of character, and smelt better than this piece of garbage.
Don't waste your credits!
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.
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.
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.
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