ARC Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Book #5 in the Iron Druid Chronicles
Publication Date: 27 Nov 2012
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House Del Ray

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-

This book was fun “trapped” between a cover!  I was skeptical when I saw Trapped would take us twelve years in the future, but I’ve learned not to doubt Kevin Hearne.  This book was exciting, sexy, hilarious, tense, and everything in between.  It is definitely one of the stronger entries in a consistently strong series.

We find Atticus and Granuaile still in hiding, but Granuaile has completed her druidic training and is ready to be bound to the earth.  When Perun shows up with an enraged Loki on his tail, our crafty druids must flee.  They end up in Tír na nÓg and of course the Tuatha Dé Danann have to get involved.  They inform Atticus that Granuaile can only be bound in the old country, i.e. Europe.  The only problem is all the “doors” to Europe have been closed except one and that one happens to be right near Olympus and a crazy god, Bacchus, who just happens to hold a grudge against Atticus.

Atticus has made a lot of bad choices and quite a few enemies during his time in Arizona.  I liked that Mr. Hearne has made Atticus face the consequences and to try to make amends.  The conflict with Thor in the previous books shook the entire structure of the Norse pantheon.  It was a horrible decision on his part, but I am glad that Atticus is doing what he can to try and mitigate Ragnarok.  That Granuaile decides to lend a hand was a no-brainer for me.  She has always proven herself to be a caring and fearless woman and that was on even greater display in this novel.

Speaking of Granuaile, I have to say she stole the show entirely in this book.  As much as I enjoy Atticus as a character, Granuaile’s growth was the focal point of this story for me.  She became an amazingly strong individual and I totally have a girl crush on her now.  She is level-headed, witty, decisive, and can defend herself.  She doesn’t need Atticus to take care of her… she just wants him.  And what Granuaile wants, Granuaile gets!  I appreciate the way their relationship developed slowly and I truly feel that they are on equal footing with each other now.

Oberon was hilarious as usual.  My favorite line from him this time was his Rick James ode to Granuaile, “She’s a very Clever Girl, the kind you don’t take home to Ogma.  She will never feed you Brussel Sprouts, when she could feed you steak!”

As for the baddies, Bacchus was annoying and I preferred the storylines with the Norse characters and the Dark Elves.  The Dark Elves were pretty creepy and I really don’t think we have seen the last of them!  I also have a feeling that Ragnarok is on its way, especially if the next book is truly the last in the series.  I am much more invested in the Norse plotline than the Olympus one because the Norse characters truly have a reason to blame Atticus.  He went on the attack against them and destroyed much of their world unprovoked.  With Bacchus and the Olympians in general, Atticus was on the defensive most of the time and his actions were just to protect himself and those he cared about.  If the maenads hadn’t come after him in the first place, there wouldn’t have been an issue.

There are a lot of plotlines left loose at the end of this story: Ragnarok, Bacchus, Leif and the vampires, the traitor in Brighid’s court.  Atticus still has a lot on his plate and I am eager to see how he handles it all, now with both Oberon and Granuaile by his side.  It also looks like the witches will be back in the next book and I am eager for more adventures with Malina and her coven!  I can’t wait for the next fun ride through Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid world.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Del Ray for providing an ARC copy of this book!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. Hounded
2. Hexed
3. Hammered
4. Tricked
4.5. Two Ravens and One Crow (novella)
5. Trapped
6. Hunted (Expected Publication: 2013)

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