Tricked by Kevin Hearne {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 13 February, 2013 by Amanda / 23 Comments

Tricked by Kevin Hearne {Amanda’s Review}Tricked by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #4
Also in this series: Trapped, Two Ravens and One Crow, Hunted
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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 shapeshifters 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.

Gods below, I missed this series.

Thoughts on Tricked

Jumping back into this series is like sliding into your favorite pair of quirky pajamas. You find yourself in a state of amused contentment. I mean, really. How can you pass up mentions of boners in the rain and guilt ferrets? YOU CAN’T. (Well, you can. But why would you want to? It’s so much FUN.)

So, each book seems to get Atticus into deeper shit. His quiet, safe life is neither anymore. (For the record, I get it. I mean, it wouldn’t be a book series without deep shit, right? And I like it. The more trouble Atticus gets into, the more he proves just how bad ass he really is.) Guys, THINGS HAPPEN in this book. I had some moments of true fear for Atticus and the gang. Skinwalkers are terrifying. (They were terrifying when Karina Halle wrote about them, and if possible, Kevin Hearne made them even more terrifying.) But there are more books in this series, so I’ll let you figure out the implications of that yourself.

No review of the Iron Druid Chronicles would be complete without mention of Oberon. Anyone with a pet can understand Atticus’s connection with Oberon. Oberon is more than my favorite animal character–he is one of my favorite sidekicks. It’s true that I am part crazy dog lady (Okay, fine. Total crazy dog lady) and that makes me predisposed to liking dogs in books. But Oberon is charming and witty and you can’t NOT love him. I’m also rather curious about how Atticus’s relationship with Granuaile will progress. There are some subtle romantic undertones that I find fascinating.

Bottom line: this book is fabulous. This series is fabulous. I recommend it to anyone I can. (I also recommend the audiobook versions. I listened to Hexed and Hammered on audiobook, and I did actually miss that experience with Tricked.) The Iron Druid Chronicles has everything you’d want in a book: Druids, nakedness, mythology, heaps of wit + lip curling snark, nature, a faithful hound, and 2100 years of accumulated stories. (And more. So much more.)



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23 Responses to “Tricked by Kevin Hearne {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Amused contentment. Yes, that’s exactly it. Rejoining Atticus, Oberon and the gang is like hanging out with old friends (old friends who are constantly in danger of death-by-pissed-off-gods but friends nonetheless).

  2. Pissed off gods are just not as entertaining without Atticus. Really enjoyed this one especially getting to know about Coyote. And yeah, Skin walkers are definitely creepy.

  3. I NEED to start this series and right when I was ready, hubz gave it out to a friend to read. Now there is a hollow spot in my heart when I read reviews on this book. With an audio version, however, maybe I’ll just circumvent and get on it already :D

  4. Amanda. Why haven’t I read these books yet? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME! I want funny dog sidekicks and mentions of boners in the rain! Dammit. I need to get reading asap. I have book one. I just need to start it. Atticus needs me to read about him, I know it!

  5. I had to check when my review for this is going up and it’s not for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! Woe! Woe! Woe! (don’t worry, I’m just being dramatic)

    I think by now you know that I’m a sucker for this #NakedDruid and his trusty, snarky, sausage loving dog. MOAR #NAKEDDRUID, I say! MOAR!

    Also, comfy pajamas… HEE!