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Posted May 10, 2012
Like most really good authors, Hearne is getting better with eac
Like most really good authors, Hearne is getting better with each book. The absolute only complaint I have with his books is that they are too short. I finish one in no time and then have to sit miserably awaiting his next book. Great job!!
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Posted April 26, 2012
Atticus and Coyote are getting into trouble together. Someone sh
Atticus and Coyote are getting into trouble together. Someone should have told the druid that Trickster gods always win...
I love this continuation of the Iron Druid Chronicles. It was fast paced, and engaging, but I think it's a set-up book. That's not unexpected at this point in the series, there are some major changes taking place and TRICKED is setting the stage for the next big battle. There's plenty of action in TRICKED, but the stakes aren't as high as in HAMMERED until the bitter end.
Overall, a good book I'd recommend to fans of the Dresden Files, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
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Posted June 2, 2012
Posted May 13, 2012
TIME SHOULD STOP WHEN A NEW ATTICUS BOOK IS RELEASED! Review br
TIME SHOULD STOP WHEN A NEW ATTICUS BOOK IS RELEASED!
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Verushka
I wish desperately that everything could stop when a new Atticus novel is released – and by that I mean work, emails and you know just real life. It’s easy to get lost in the books of this series, and to get grumpy when real life beckons you – okay, just me – out.
Tricked is a start to what is a new segment of Atticus’ life. It has the feel of being the first half of a greater story, with the focus in this title being on the groundwork for his, Oberon and Granuaile’s new life in Arizona. With change, Hearne takes his intrepid trio into Coyote’s world and Native American mythology (Coyote being the Trickster of the previous novels).
Coyote enlists Atticus help to help his people, in essence, and while the thought is to be commended, he basically leaves it up to Atticus to do all the heavy lifting, slaying and saving.
Skinwalkers. Let me leave that with you. Please remember also this is Kevin Hearne so whatever you think you know, chuck it out and get lost in the ride, research and writing.
At the beginning of this book, we get an inkling of the greater powers snapping at Atticus’ heels, even though he has faked his death by all accounts, before Atticus’ true adventure begins. I confess I felt the lack of knowledge about the greater powers at work keenly in this book. I guess I don’t need to know everything coming up, but I did hope for more than what we were told.
Without his familiar surroundings and numerous groups and Gods vying for his attention, Atticus’ attention is also focused on Granuaile and her presence in his life. I figured there was a romance coming, but the slow simmer has hit the boiling point pretty quickly – well okay, four books isn’t quick, but it took some getting used to. Granuaile is probably the one person he has let gets close to him in a long while, so it’s going to be a treat watching her deal with him.
Oberon…at this stage, I think he deserves his own title. Hearne’s absolute talent at writing humor never shines as brightly than with Oberon and I will gladly read anything and everything that features him.
I confess it is jarring not having Morrigan, the Widow Macdonagh (much of her that is), or Leif and Hal in this story, but everything changes and for a druid who has lived millennia, this move was bound to happen. Old, established friendships are also changed profoundly in this novel and I will mourn the loss of Leif’s friendship in Atticus’ life – and it’s more than a move that changes things between them.
Overall, this is a beginning to a new chapter in Atticus’ life and I am going to sit on my hands and remind myself constantly that I can’t know everything straightaway. I’m just going to have to wait for the next one and the one after that!
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Posted March 23, 2013
There are many repercussions from Atticus' previous decisions an
There are many repercussions from Atticus' previous decisions and he decides that the only way he can live with so many Gods wanting him dead is to fake his death. It isn't easy to fool one God, let alone all those out to get him so he enlists the help of Coyote who wants a little favor in return. But Coyote doesn't quite tell him the full extent of the favor and Atticus finds himself once again in a very slippery situation and fighting for his life. Coyote is a trickster after all. Luckily he has Oberon and Granuaile to help through the madness. Atticus is caught up in another crazy adventure but it doesn't come without its scars. We are told more amazing folklore and introduced to a few more scary creatures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
On the story...
This wasn't my favorite installment of this series but it was still very enjoyable. It picks a bit after the last installment left off and we have to wait a bit to find out what happened to the widow. We learn more folklore which seemed a big long winded this time around. BUT we meet some new creatures that turn out to be just horrific. I didn't think it could get any worse but it does. I love the slow unveiling of Atticus' history and it progresses further here. I feel like I really know this series now and I know what to expect but Mr. Hearne just has a way of whipping out surprises that really rock the boat. Atticus is betrayed a couple of times. One in particular really blew my mind. I was so speechless. I'm glad to see more of Oberon and Granualile in this installment though Oberon is my favorite by far. I grew a little irritated by some of Atticus' and Oberon's American culture references. This has always been a part of their interactions but it seemed excessive this time around.
On the narrator...
Luke Daniels. Amazing. Can this guy really do any MORE voices? That is all.
Very solid and adventurous installment with a few small annoyances.
P.S. Anyone else want to get rid of Granualile? I don't have a real reason for it, but I wouldn't mind it at all.
Posted March 12, 2013
Another great book that keeps the series moving along.
All the great parts from the previous books show up again. The characters are starting to really come together and you start to feel invested in them. If you liked the previous books you have to get this one to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2013
Fun, smart and entertaining
Kevin Hearne is my new favorite author. This book and the first three are all enjoyable reads. Finally a writer with the ability to mix action, mystery and a bit of romance on the side with a unique blend of mythology in the modern world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2013
Posted November 24, 2012
Tricked Iron Druid Chronicles Book Four By Kevin Hearne Narrate
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Iron Druid Chronicles Book Four
By Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Atticus O’Sullivan is back, this time he is paying a debt to the Navajo trickster god Coyote after Coyote takes on Atticus’ form to help him fake his death. Atticus must move some earth, in this case gold. But as is the norm for a trickster god the simple task of moving some earth comes with a twist.
This is not one of those books that will forever change your life after you read it but it will however entertain you immensely for eleven hours as you listen to the quirky commentary, fast paced action, and absurd scenarios all brought to life by Luke Daniels amazing narration. Kevin Hearne has created a series that is absolutely hilarious yet has intense action scenes as the Druid seems to always find himself in trouble. This novel has a certain twist, which I must keep to myself as it will most definitely spoil a part of the book, that is so unexpected yet you wonder why you didn’t think of it in the first place. I love this series, but the best experience I have had is in listening to the narration. Luke Daniels is phenomenal in bringing to life each of the characters with his ability to seamlessly switch from one voice to the next, from the western accent to Oberon’s voice this is a must listen.
Posted October 22, 2012
Posted September 29, 2012
Posted September 9, 2012
The Return of Oberon Attiicus¿ ToDo List ¿ Fulfill elaborate hoa
The Return of OberonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Attiicus’ ToDo List
¿ Fulfill elaborate hoax to fool Thunder Gods
¿ Avoid Sex with the Morrigan
¿ Repay Favor to Coyote
¿ Play Game with Oberon
¿ Enrage yet another God
¿ Get Involved in the soon to be Famous Arizona Vampire Wars
¿ Intrigue with a new and exciting foe
¿ Add to Granuaile’s training
¿ Avoid dying
For the less skillful of us, a to-do list like our hero’s would be daunting, but for Atticus it’s just another day of Druid life. The pluses for me this time out were the pacing, it moved quicker than the last two outings; Oberon was back (so sue me, I missed him); payoff for the storylines of the last two installments plus more & different supernaturals up close.
This installment reminded me that this is foremost an adventure series and reclaimed its genre handily. I was surprised to have one of the presumably lost characters re-appear as well as spend quite a bit of time with Coyote. Not to be outdone, the relationship between Granuaile & Atticus seems to be taking some twists and I’m curious where things will lead and the return of Oberon as the co-star of the series made me smile more than once (Snugglepumpkin)! An unexpected betrayal added to the suspense of it all just as we thought we knew everything this entry had to offer. Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read.
Once again, the ending intrigues and entices you with promises of another thrilling installment to come.
Posted September 4, 2012
I love this series!!! I can't wait for the next installment in t
I love this series!!! I can't wait for the next installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Atticus, Oberon, and Granuille are my favorite. I like the Native American Lore and Kevin Hearne did an excellent job explaining it. I'm glad Granuille will now start her training, and I look forward to the adventures they will have once she is trainined. I also have high hopes that one day these two will get together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2012
Every time I finish reading one of the Iron Druid Chronicles I t
Every time I finish reading one of the Iron Druid Chronicles I think toWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
myself, "wow, that's the best one yet!" That's because Kevin
Hearne is a terrific series writer. Each book builds on what's occurred
previously but then takes off in unexpected directions. For readers
like me, we get to enjoy seeing characters and situations develop while
being thrilled by new challenges we don't see coming. That's totally
how Tricked is. Mr. Hearne has expressed he expects there to be nine
books in the Iron Druid Chronicles (I hope he changes his mind about
that limit, or finds another way to expand the Iron Druid universe), and
this fourth book does have the feel of the beginning of a second act.
The book reads a little more serious than the first couple, with Atticus
handling the consequences of his previous adventures, the training of
his new apprentice, and honoring a deal with Coyote the trickster god.
Oh, and fighting evil, scary skinwalkers too. There is humor, still.
Oberon has some great lines, as usual, and we learn about a prank
Atticus played on the world a while back. The developing relationship
between Atticus and Granuaile is fun to witness as well. Coyote is one
of my favorite of Hearne's gods, and I enjoyed learning more about him
here. I see a lot of folks comparing Kevin Hearne to Jim Butcher, but
to me the world he's created is much more like Neil Gaiman's American
Gods. Coyote reminds me of Anansi, also a trickster. Tricked lives up
to expectations. No easy trick (pun intended) since they were high
following three outstanding Urban Fantasy novels.
Posted August 13, 2012
I’ve started this review at least 4 times and I’ve l
I’ve started this review at least 4 times and I’ve listened to the audiobook twice and I’m still having difficulties in defining my feelings for this book. Since this review is way overdue I’m just going to try and roll with it… let’s see where we end up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
First and foremost, I totally love this series, the concept, the writer and his style of writing, the flow, the spiritual aspect, the history, OBERON (I LOVE THAT DOG), the LOL moments, the HOLY CRAP moments, the covers!! … I love it all.
Yet, this was my least favorite book.
Tricked picks up right where Hammered left off. Atticus, the last living Druid, has to fake his death so the Norse gods don’t come after him for everything that happened in the first three books of the series. In order to pull it off the magical trickster Coyote has offered to help as long as Atticus returns the favor, no questions asked. Atticus agrees and all hell breaks loose… as usual.
This book had a totally different feel to it. Native American folklore, more specifically Navajo folklore, is explored in this book. Atticus had to find solutions to problems that he was not familiar with and at times not powerful enough to deal with. In the midst of dealing with these issues we find out more about Atticus’ past, what has happened to some of the characters in the first three books, get a good dose of Navajo magic and finish the book hoping Atticus and Granuaille have a wonderful 12 years of training.
I think my biggest issue with the book is that everyone you’ve come to know and care for in the first three are totally gone in book 4. Even those characters that make a brief appearance don’t feel the same and essentially felt nonexistent. I found it hard to care the same way for the new characters because to tell you the truth, it took me 3 books to really care for the original cast. Let me explain further. Atticus has real trust issues and as a reader I've come to share those issues with him because how can you not? Well, not completely but enough to the point where I kind of like these folks and then again I can't trust them. However, by book 3 I came to trust them, like them and miss them only to find out that I have to start all over again in book 4 AND you really aren't given much of a chance to really like the newbies.
I’m also having problems liking Granuaille as much as Atticus does. True enough this entire series is in Atticus’ voice and it’s always hard to get a feel for someone other than Atticus because you only get the one POV, however, I already know how special Oberon is and he’s a dog. Translation: I think I need more for me to see how special she really is because hey, she’s a Druid-in-training and that is HUGE!
All in all this is a 4 for me. In spite of my feelings this book is still full of action, the author gives Atticus a very unique voice (there is NO ONE like Atticus out there), the humor is awesome and best of all it’s well written.
On to the next!
Posted August 4, 2012
Posted July 22, 2012
Get this series
This is one of the best series, I've listen/read in a long time. The characters are funny, smart, sasay and well written. I really enjoyed this book and would listen to it over and over again. Get the entire series,you'll love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2012
The fourth book of the Iron Druid Chronicles is still an extreme
The fourth book of the Iron Druid Chronicles is still an extremely fun read, but it walks a fine line between dragging on and being the perfect length. That being said, it does not stray into dangerous territory of being repetitive and instead manages to keep the audience captive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book begins on a high note with Atticus watching his own death, and it immediately draws the reader’s curiosity in. It continues on a fast paced note throughout the rest of the book and while there is nothing nearly as epic as the first few books, it works. It builds upon the characters in ways that has not been covered in previous books. It also builds upon the ideas of the gods with the descriptions of Coyote.
It is not all smiles and roses though, and there are some issues that I think could be worked upon. The first is the relationship between Atticus and his apprentice. At points it feels extremely hollow and forced, and then at others it feels like the relationship should be. It seems like the author cannot decide if he wants them in a relationship or not and as such is allowing for both possibilities. While this is not in and of itself a bad thing, the way it is written leaves some room for improvement.
In addition, the plot does not advance much throughout the entire book, and while the end hopefully will solve that it still feels a bit unfulfilling. The fights are growing a bit stale with Atticus almost dying then prevailing at the end etc. Yet at the same time it seems that he isn’t being challenged that much. Maybe it is the fact that he hasn’t managed to improve his strength at all throughout the books but I hope that he sees some self-improvement at some point.
All in all though it is a fun read and great for the summer. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking, and the jokes can feel forced and annoying but I never regretted reading it. I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun read. 4/5
Posted July 16, 2012
I can't express how much I enjoy this series and I am more than thrilled to know it will be continued. The Druid "theme" is so refreshing in the urban fantasy genre. The characters are engaging, the action keeps you on the edge of your seat and the humor is perfect in all the right places. The relationships are so endearing and makes me so wish to be a friend of Atticus and Oberon. I am waiting for the next book and I am definitely not patient. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your stories and talent with all us dedicated readers. I definitely recommend this series as it keeps getting better and better!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.