Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne
Paperback, 320 pages
Published: November 27th, 2012 by Del Rey
Source: Purchased
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.

Spoiler free for the series. 
Since I’m going to keep this spoiler free this will be a very general review without a ton of detail.
First, I have to say that this is one of my most favorite urban fantasy series, ever.  It’s one series that I rush to get the books immediately and actually read them.  They don’t sit waiting for me to find time, everything else gets pushed aside for these books.

Atticus is awesome.  He’s typical male in so many ways, but yet he’s not.  He’s been alive a long time and learned a lot in that time.  But through the books we’ve seen he’s a bit impulsive and thinks more of what he needs to do now and not so much the after effects.  Which I get, because he doesn’t really have a choice.  Now he has help though and in this book Granuaile was very present and was showing us that with the two of them they will be much more unstoppable.  She sees angles of things that Atticus doesn’t.  

I love Oberon, the dog.  He can ‘talk’ and says the funniest things, ever!  So we get a lot of humor in the books, which I LOVE in UF.  But there’s quite a bit of fighting and life or death moments as well.  

Romance is starting to play a part in the books but in no way does it take over or even start to resemble a romance novel.  It’s very much in the background with no moments of even kissing described to us.  We are told what happens, but it’s in a guy way since it’s Atticus telling us.  I’m loving how it’s shaping up though.  

This is definitely a series for guys and girls both.  I know girls drool over Atticus but guys like all the fighting going on.  And the world is just something everyone should enjoy with the mix of all the mythological gods and creatures.  I would say it’s a bit confusing, but it’s not really.  When I’m reading it I don’t feel confused but there’s no way I could describe it to anyone.  The names tend to get too similar for me to keep straight, but like I said, it’s not confusing when I’m reading it.  

All I can say is that you really must read the books!  Hilarious and intense all in one!  As for cross over appeal, I would say mature YA readers may enjoy it and it gets a bit bloody and there’s some cursing but nothing too bad.


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Comments

  1. I especially enjoy the mix of mythologies, one of my favorite subjects of study. The Norse is particularly intriguing with Ragnorok and all. Did you hear? He just got a deal for three more Iron Druid books! YAY!

  2. Super hard to write a spoiler free review of a books that is not the first in a series! Also I didn’y know this wasn’t the first! Haha. I just saw the cover around and assumed it was a new one. So Obv. I haven’t read this series yet but it definitely sounds like something I would like. And not just because this cover is seriously awesome, either! And I mean, a talking dog? Teehee

  3. I bought the first (okay all of them but this one) in the series because so many people have recommended them to me. I remember the read a long last year with the first book and I was really tempted to join, now I wish I would have!
    I am going to have to make time to read this series I think, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. Need. To. Read. These. Books. I need to experience Atticus, and of course Oberon, for myself! I’m glad a little romance is working it’s way into these books, I do love that in my UF books, but it’s nice that’s it’s not taking over completely. Fabulous review Candace!

  5. I love this series too, but unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it with this book. I loved the parts with A and G, but whole plot was a bit boring and a struggle to get through. Not my favorite of the series but I am looking forward to the next one. :)

  6. Well what do you know…another of my blogger friends just did a review on this one today! ^_^ Small reading world after all. Love seeing the two perspectives though…and she equally LOVED it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mary, YAY about more books! I didn’t hear and was wondering about that.

    Giselle, this is one that I wouldn’t really think of you reading just cause I don’t see a lot of UF reviews on your blog, but you know what? I think you WOULD like it!

    kindlemom, READ THEM!

    Jenny, OMG, you will LOVE them! I can’t wait until you do!

    Rummanah, I thought this was a 5 star book when I put it down but when I thought about it more I realized that it wasn’t AS good as some of the previous ones. I wouldn’t say it was boring, but yes- more boring than the others. I actually like the first couple books the best so far.

    Kimba, Can’t wait until you read them!

    GMR, Yes! I think you would enjoy this series! You should pick it up. :)

  8. I am in the middle of Tricked right now and can’t wait to get to Trapped. This has easily leaped into one of my favorite series ever. Atticus never can get a break. Glad to see that Trapped has a bit of romance finally and that it is still going strong!

  9. Oh, I have been hearing delicious things about Atticus! Thank you so much for this wonderful, spoiler-free review. I’m adding this to my reading list and I can hardly wait to get started on this series (A humorous ‘talking’ dog? What’s not to love??) Brilliant review!

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