Review: Trapped

November 18, 2017

Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #5
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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.

Most of the books prior to this have, primarily, focused on a single pantheon and task. This one is a bit different. It focuses on a bit of everything, from the Aesir and Hel, to vampire politics, druid binding to Olympians. You get the sense that things are starting to catch up with Atticus – and once again he’s being given impossible choices.

Choice that, while they may solve one issue, create a whole host of others. Or only solve it temporarily.

I enjoyed the flow of the book, and the action and storytelling, and if it hadn’t been for a single aspect this would have gotten four-stars.

But the romance. Ugh. Five books in, the majority with Granuaile playing some sort of part and you knowing that Atticus is attracted to her, and suddenly it’s love. It’s not that I don’t buy they’re in love. After twelve years together, and their history, and closeness, I totally get it….but. I would have liked to see some of that building along. Atticus thinking about baseball every time he looks at Granuaile is not relationship building.

I was happy to see a couple of characters make return appearances, and I hope we get to see more of them in the future. Let’s be honest, Atticus needs allies, even if he doesn’t particuarly like or trust them.

Who can he trust? It seems like Granuaile and Oberon are mostly it.

Speaking of Oberon – I haven’t mentioned Atticus’ hound at all in these reviews, and that’s a shame. He’s always a high-point in the books. I love that Atticus can speak with him mind to mind. Hearing his thoughts butt into conversations is nearly always a riot.

Even Oberon cannot lessen the impending doom that seems to be spreading over Atticus and Granuaile. And I’m pretty anxious to see how they’re going to manage to, at least mostly, get themselves out of this ever-growing hole of debt.

Oh! And this cover? By far my favorite of the series. This is my last re-read, so they’re all going to be fresh for me going forward. I admit, I’m a little worried that Granuaile doesn’t make an appearance on a cover going forward. She’s become a pretty badass character – if a little over the top so.

Last thing – there are references in this book to the short stories that take place between Tricked and Trapped. I usually read all short stories, but I didn’t on this read, and I sorely missed them. I need to know what happens, so I’m going to end up going back before I go forward. The short stories after Tricked, are: “Two Ravens and One Crow,” “The Chapel Perilous,” and “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street.”

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