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I Belong


Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

TitleTrapped

AuthorKevin Hearne

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 5)

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 034553364X (Del Rey)

ISBN-13: 978-0345533647 (Del Rey)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

After twelve 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.

Quick & Dirty: An action-packed plot that is all over the place. It was hard to place the focus on where the story was going. Trapped is not as comedic as its’ predecessors with its more serious storyline.

Opening Sentence: You know those spastic full-body twitches you get sometimes when you’re almost asleep and your muscles want to play a practical joke on your brain?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Iron Druid Chronicles continues with another action packed adventure for Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile in Trapped. This novel is the beginning of a huge time jump in the series. Twelve years have passed during Granuaile ‘s training, and she is now ready to become a Druid. Granuaile must now undergo the process of speaking to the earth and have her Druidic tattoos added by Atticus. This is another time consuming process and while contemplating on where to safely do this, they are all attacked by Loki. And Loki is pissed! Atticus killed his arch enemy Thor so now he wants his revenge in killing Perun (another lightning god like Thor who was there for the attack) and Atticus. Technically, Atticus didn’t kill Thor but Loki doesn’t care. Atticus uses his wit and cunning to make Loki go away but in the end Atticus always causes more trouble than good.

Atticus and Granuaile learn that the only way they can finish the process of making Granuaile a Druid is by performing the ceremony on the European continent. They travel to Greece and work at the base of Mount Olympus but the work is constantly interrupted because of gods and vampires. Atticus absolutely cannot go anywhere without someone wanting to kill him.

I have really enjoyed the past books in this series but I did feel that there was something missing in Trapped compared to the rest of the books in the series. This novel felt a little more hollow in its development, the jokes just weren’t as funny and sometimes it seemed like the characters didn’t quite act like themselves, I don’t know if this was due to the time jump or maybe to the more serious nature of the novel.

I also felt as if this novel was all over the place. As much as I wanted to enjoy Granuaile’s transformation into a Druid Priestess, I just felt underwhelmed with those scenes. I realize time played a huge part in her training but with the constant interruptions, I just wanted the transformation to be finished. Also, I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going, first Atticus has to fight Loki, then he leaves, then he fights a vampire, then he fights some Roman/Greek gods, then he fights more vampires, then he fights more gods, then he is pulled into a fight to hopefully keep Ragnarok from happening. I think there were just too many battles that had to be fought and it kind of overwhelmed the story.

If you haven’t read the rest of the Iron Druid Chronicles, I do not recommend that you start here. There will definitely be some confusion with the backstory. The impact of Granuaile becoming a Druid and the next step in Granuaile’s and Atticus’ relationship may also not be quite realized.

Kevin Hearne does continue to amaze me with his take on mythical creatures (the ugly and the not quite so ugly) and how he transforms them to fit his story. I feel like Trapped was just a little bump in my road to enjoying this series but others may enjoy what happens here so much more than I. I will continue with the series.

Overall, I felt the focus on the plot was all over the place during Trapped and I did feel a little underwhelmed with some of the scenes, but in the end I still enjoyed this next step in Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile ‘s life. I will warn you that Trapped does end on a bit of a cliffhanger that is the focus of the next story Hunted, in which I do hope that the story is more focused on a main plot than on who can we add to the story next that wants Atticus dead. My review may not sound so great but I do still highly recommend this story for those who love mythology and urban fantasy stories.

Notable Scene:

At least, I think she said tuna. Her words were drowned out by a roar from Hel, who appeared in her halfhot, half-rot form to demand an explanation, her hair touching the ceiling of snotlike mist. Though she was twenty yards away, we could already smell her. “Who killed him?” she wanted to know, the great knife Famine clutched in her left hand. “Was it Freyja?”

The chariot jerked and we lifted off the ground; Freyja’s cats were suddenly anxious to escape.

“Nope. That was me!” I shouted.

Hel’s eyes focused and then narrowed in recognition. “You! You’re supposed to be dead!”

“You should have learned from the mistakes of the Æsir,” I said. “Never fuck with a Druid!”

The Iron Druid Chronicles:

1. Hounded

2. Hexed

3. Hammered

4. Tricked

5. Trapped

6. Hunted

7. Shattered (June 17, 2014)

FTC Advisory: Del Rey/Random House provided me with a copy of Trapped. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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