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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

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"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus are the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden." (SFFWorld)

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You'll keep reading just for Oberon

I took a bit of a break between the previous book in this series and this one. But I am very glad that I came back to it. This was one of my favourite instalments so far...

There was a bit of romance that I think any series readers would have already seen coming. I don't know that it added anything to the story, however. It was not detailed or graphic and, actually, the sex scenes were treated more like interlude between events... something that was there just to give the sense of time passing.

There is plenty of Oberon too. Not so much that he got annoying, but enough that it was pretty funny when he did 'speak up'. There was just a bit of mythological history in here; quite a bit less than some of the other books in the series. I liked that Hearne didn't try to turn it into a myth text book.

The story is told via a series of vingette encounters with the 'bad guys' and I have to admit the overarching storyline that held these little segments together was a little on the sparse side. It felt mostly like: attack A, escape and investigate, attack B, escape and romantic interlude, attack C confront the source and resolve.

Hah... even saying all that, I still really enjoyed this book. The pacing is terrific, Oberon is terrific, even Atticus has some decent one-liners. I don't think you'd enjoy it nearly as much if you hadn't read the rest of the series. There is no cliffhanger, but I will be reading the next in the series.

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TRAPPED in a Mini-Series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

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  • Alana
  • KENMORE, WA, United States
  • 02-18-13

Jumped the Shark

What would have made Trapped better?

Less comic book action, the entire point to the amazing character development in the series was lost.

What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I loved the conversations and character development in the series. But that was lost when it turned into Kill Bill meets Die Hard.

Which scene was your favorite?

First two chapters... down hill from there.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trapped?

It was well edited, the premise of the book was the issue. It lost focus and started building toward body count.

Any additional comments?

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.)

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This Series is AMAZING

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.

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A little disappointed, but will get the next one

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.

Just...

I was hoping for better after the first three.

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  • John
  • Skaneateles, NY, United States
  • 01-17-13

Still good despite....

Would you consider the audio edition of Trapped to be better than the print version?

Yes. I like all the ethnic accents Luke Daniels performs.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Perun

Any additional comments?

I still like this series. Lots of clever stuff and keeps me entertained but there are a few things that bug me a little.

Oberon. Good in small doses mainly when he gives what you might imagine a dogs perspective of some outrageous senario might be. Bad when he becomes too much of a "character"with his too long cultural references and language observances.

Atticus. Supposed to be 2100 years old yet acts like he is 21 years old. The great advantage of living that long would be accumulatin of great wisdom. He makes many decisions which would be obviously unwise even for a 21 year old. It would be nice to see him think his way out of the messes he places himself within rather than his continual mental blunders which keep making things worse. Now every concievable god and creature is out to kill him but somehow I'm sure he will manage to survive.

Granuale. Goes from bartender to total badass in just 12 years. Come on.

Its still a good series though. As light entertainment goes.

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Love the series, this isn't the best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Start with a different Iron Druid book, but worth a read if you're moving through the series. Bits and pieces are typical of Hearne's brilliance but overall this one didn't hold together or flow as well as the others. Luke Daniels is a great narrator, but his voice sounded bored at times during this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Hearne? Why or why not?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Great series, great author, great narrator . . .strangely boring audiobook

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  • Leslie
  • Sausalito, CA, United States
  • 01-03-13

Not the Best In The Series

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.

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  • Katherine
  • BROOKLYN, NY, United States
  • 12-31-12

Good book but...

If you could sum up Trapped in three words, what would they be?

Atticus fights gods.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Atticus; he is consistently himself (bad and good), his arrogance and bravado.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Atticus and The Morgan (battle crow)!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The battle for the Dwarf Realm.

Any additional comments?

I know a lot of people really enjoy Oberon; however, I'm getting a bit weary of "canine" humor. I don't want to read an entire book from the point of view of a dog. Just wish Oberon was a "tad" less prominent in this one. It's like listening to a five year old making "fart" jokes". Got it the first time....move on.... Too YA in this one. LOVE the Luke Daniels narration. Absolutely perfect for ALL characters (and there are many).

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So Dissapointed

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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