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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Mini-Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Trapped is the fifth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
(Indiebound, Book Depository, Amazon) and it pretty well follows in the footsteps of the four that have come before. Atticus
is still kicking after 2000+ years of life, his faithful companion Oberon (an
Irish Wolfhound) is equally long lived (well close-enough in dog years) and he
is still managing to dance a jig between pissing off gods and creatures of
various pantheons, running for his life, kicking a bit of ass and generally
getting in way over his head. The only real difference in Trapped is that it takes place 12 years after the previous book, Tricked*. In those twelve years Atticus’
apprentice, Granuaile, has continued her training is ready to undergo the
ritual that have become a full-blooded druid.
Trapped is pretty well a constant
stream of action as Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile attempt to complete her
training as a druid, dodge death and dismemberment from various creatures,
eventually decide to kick some ass, with things leaving off with a cliff hanger
of an ending where the situation is rather dire.
In Trapped, Granuaile
becomes much more of a character than in previous books – her training is
complete. Her magical abilities are coming on-line. She’s hot, witty and she
kicks ass (remember this is major wish-fulfillment writing). And Granuaile and
Atticus are finally forced to confront the feelings they have for each other. The
other fun little improvement is with Oberon – the banter between Atticus and
Oberon only gets better, and then Granuaile is thrown into the mix.
Trapped continues with the fun,
wish-fulfillment fantasy that I’ve come to expect from Hearne. These books are
a comfort read for me and I’m always anxious to read the next one – it’s like
candy corn – I know it’s terrible for me, but I still can’t help but eat more
and more of it.
*Hearne wrote a novella called Two
Ravens and One Crow (Amazon) that is set in between the events of Tricked (Indiebound, Book Depository, Amazon) and Trapped – I’ve seen him refer to it Iron Druid 4.5. I read it before reading Trapped. It’s more of the wonderful fun and wish fulfillment that
all the others are. The Norse come looking for Atticus and he and the Morrigan oblige.