Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #5)

Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #5)

by Kevin Hearne
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Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Five) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
Trapped is the fifth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. It also represents a large step forward in the timeline as Granuaile finally completes her training as a Druid. While the previous books have all focused on a particular pantheon, Trapped shifts equal light upon the Norse, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Tuatha Dé Danann (the Irish gods). At first, Atticus and Granuaile have to dodge wrathful gods as they struggle to complete the binding process. But once that is completed, Atticus has to deal with his promise to the Norse gods to help them stop Hel and Ragnarok. A lot of time passes in between Tricked and Trapped. It takes Atticus twelve years to train Granuaile, and all of it happens off page. When this story kicks off, the training has already been completed and she’s reading for the binding ceremony to seal the deal. However that time span in between books isn’t a complete void. Readers will definitely want to check out Kevin Hearne’s eNovella Two Ravens and One Crow as it fills in some important events halfway through he time gap. There is some cool stuff to look forward to in Trapped for long time readers. Perun, the Russian thunder god returns, as does Leif the ancient Nordic vampire. Newcomers include Loki, the Nordic dwarves and dark elves, Hermes and Mercury, as well as Theophilus, the oldest living vampire in the world. There are battles with the dark elves, Bacchus and his minions, a run in with Loki, and a full out battle in Hel against her draugar armies and her wolf brother Fenris. All of it builds up for the big show down against Loki and Hel, which is yet to come. In comparison to the other books in the series, Trapped is on par with Tricked, but falls a little short of the first three novels. There was just something about Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered that hit on a higher level. There was more laughs, action and entertainment. But Trapped still throws in some humor and enough excitement to keep things interesting. Oberon still pops in with some hilarious dialog, and I really like Granuaile’s progression. Yet the further Granuaile progresses, the more I feel Atticus regresses. He just doesn’t seem to be growing much as a character. He’s still childish at times and doesn’t think very far ahead. Of course he is 2,100 years old, so if he was going to change any as a person, he probably would have done so already. Perhaps it’s just an odd, unavoidable circumstance. Still, I would imagine there’s more to Atticus’ character that could be revealed, and as a reader, I’d like to see that head somewhere. One thing that hasn’t suffered any in the series is the crafty development of the plots, both short term and long term. There are a lot of plot threads in Trapped that get weaved around with promises of blossoming into something in the future. For instance Leif is still in the gray area between friend and foe, and Atticus predicts Leif may have an ambitious agenda of his own. The Morrigan is still playing a game against Brighid for control of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Plus there is finally some movement on Atticus and Granuaile’s love life. Meanwhile some old story threads come back to bite Attiucs on the ass in the way of dark elves and dwarves. Overall, I give Trapped a four out of five. It was an enjoyable read and entertaining addition to the series.
RangerJ19 More than 1 year ago
Kevin Hearne has an interesting protagonist, solid voice, tight pacing, and excellent writing skills. His Iron Druid novels were the subjects of my final senior literary criticism paper for my English degree at the local university! I and my conservative friends really enjoyed the first four books of the series despite their almost abusively left-wing worldview. Hearne is just that witty. But with this novel I think Hearne rushed it into production too fast. This one tries to do too much with too little build-up. We've got the romance with his apprentice that hasn't had any gravitas. There's never been a real tension between them. No internal conflicts ever threatened their relationship, so we've never seen it grow. As such there's much less payoff on their eventual couple status than even a mediocre sparkly-vampire romance I could name! That same rush-to-resolution feeling pervades the novels. This installment is packed full of genuine Hearne genius. There are inventive ideas, great concepts, and they're all machine-gunned through so quickly I had no time to savor any of them. This book would have done better with one of three things: 1] expanding the novel to about 2x its current size 2] postponing some of the ideas for a later book 3] (and what I think really ought to have happened) this story is so epic, packed with ideas, and critical to the novel that it should have been two or even three books to tell the same story. But because of the content-overload even an amazing writer like Hearne has little opportunity than to follow plot formulae. He just doesn't have the room to be fancy or draw out any of the really excellent and entertaining ideas. Pity. I'll probably give the next book in the series a try, but for the first time in the Iron Druid series, I'm a bit disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not quite up to snuff as far as Iron Druid Chronicles go. The story seemed mashed together, and a lot of the interaction between the two main characters was jilted, and not believable. Not Hearne's best.
bunnygirl64 More than 1 year ago
Heh...that is about all i can say. No wait, let down...that is what i feel, i feel let down with this one. It starts out really slow, picks up a little, gets real interesting towards the last 30 pages then just falls flat with a HUGE splat, I love how Granuaile gets fleshed out and developed, the same Oberon BUT Atticus, he sort of becomes a secondary character in his own story! I eagerly awaited the release of the book (wont go into the hassle I had getting it since I pre-ordered it etc etc) and feel real let down. When I finished it left me with the feeling that the next book maybe the last...either this is the last book he is writing in the series OR it wil be the last book I prchase in this series
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
After twelve years of training Granuaile is finally ready to become a full-fledged druid. The only problem is Granuaile and Atticus must travel to the base of Mount Olympus so that he can bind her to the earth and finish the ritual. The problem being the Roman God Bacchus has sworn to take his revenge on Atticus. Bacchus is not the only one who is out for Atticus’ blood though, Loki the God of Mischief, An Ancient Vampire, and a group of Dark Elves are all on the hunt to kill the druid before he can complete the task. I was actually sent an advanced copy of this book for review, but about ten percent through I knew I had to use one of my precious audible credits and get the audio book. Luke Daniels has done an amazing job with this audio series and it has by far become my favorite to listen to. The story itself is so much fun, from the beginning Atticus is thrown into another instance where his mouth has brought doom upon his head. With excellent comedic timing both by Kevin Hearne and through the narration of Luke Daniels along with the fast paced action this is a great read. If you are a fan of any mythology Kevin Hearne has you covered this entire series covers ancient Gods from Norse to Christian each with their own unique personality that the author has brought to life in a remarkable way and Luke Daniels furthers this with his dramatization. The only thing I didn’t like was that Luke Daniels changed the voice of Atticus’ mentor whom he frequently has arguments with inside his mind, this book he wasn’t as high pitched and sounded much more serious than he has in the previous books, not bad just not as funny. This is by far one of the best audio book series and one of the best story lines I have come across I cannot wait to see where Kevin Hearne will take us next.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
The continuation of this is series is much like reading Jim Butcher: You just don't want it to end, and putting it down is almost unthought of. Stop reading this, read this series!
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InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
I am having a ball reading the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Being a fan of cultures, I’ve always liked stories of the Celtic, Greek, Roman, and Norse pantheons, so it’s fun to see them all come to life and interact in the petty and political ways they do in the myths. However, I have to admit that I struggled with Trapped. I’ve read it twice and just didn’t get caught up in it as much as I have the others. I’m not sure why, exactly. Maybe I miss the bookstore, Hal, and the Widow MacDounagh. Maybe it’s because Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon spend the book running from place to place so the story never feels “settled.” Maybe it’s because I just want to smack Atticus upside the head for being a dufus. In Trapped, LOTS of people come gunning for Atticus: Baccus, the svartálfar, a contingent of greek vampires, Artemis and Diana, Loki and Hel. In every case, Atticus is being hunted because of something stupid he did in the past. One would think that after living SO long, one would learn how to take the long view of things. But nooo. Not Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the druids. Atticus is NOT the last of the druids by the end of the book, thank goodness. After twelve years, Granuaile finally becomes a full druid and does she ever kick ass! I think Granuaile is my new hero. Because I could, I jumped right into Hunted and I’m already caught up in that one pretty hard. Now I’m just hoping my favorite redheads both come out of their latest predicament alive. I did notice that Granuaile is NOT on the cover of Hunted! 8-O Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
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Love the iron druid
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It a really good mix of adventure and mythology
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Can not access the content. I can open the nook book, but it is empty All of the pages are empty!
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I think that every book gets better!! I love this series. And loved Granuailles part in this one ...I cant wait until they get a poodle for Oberon. :)
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