Release Day Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Posted November 27, 2012 in Review / 5 Comments

Trapped by Kevin HearneTrapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5)
By Kevin Hearne
Published November 27th, 2012
Del Rey/Random House Publishing Group
320 pages
Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley in return for an unbiased review
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star



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.

Let us pause for a moment to gawk at the beauty that is Atticus on the cover of the newest installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Trapped.  *swoon*

Okay, chick moment over… but MY GOD, that is one mighty fine cover!!!  It’s so hard to imagine he’s 2,000 years old and still loves giving the bad guys his unique style of wedgies.  Too bad there were none of those in this book.  But hey, he was too busy running around with Granuaile trying to get the woman bound to the earth with all his enemies chasing after him. With 2,000 plus years to amass enemies, there were quite a few gunning for Atticus now that the kitty (my lame reference to Freyja) is out of the bag that he’s not dead.

Story / Tempo

The story starts out with Atticus preparing the final binding ceremony for Granuaile to become a full-fledged Druid.  I think it’s bat-ass* awesome that Mr. Hearne has moved his series along to the end of the 12 years of Granuaile’s Druid training and we don’t have to wait to see Atticus and Granuaile working together.  That was the entire appeal of this book to me.  We’ve seen Atticus working with all the other major supernaturals up until now and to see how powerful Druids can be when you get a couple of them together, AWESOME!  I think they could be pretty unstoppable.  Unfortunately for them, everyone was testing that theory.

Honestly, with all the scheming and “who is working for who” going on, I got a little lost on who was ultimately conspiring against Atticus.  In the end, it didn’t really bother me all that much that I thought there were some loose ends.  First, it totally could of been me not following closely enough (hey, that happens).  Second, Atticus is ALWAYS going to have some enemy out to get him, no matter how hard he tries to fix things.  So it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s all tied nicely with a bow.   Something or someone will always come back to bite Atticus in the you-know-where.

As for the pacing of the story – I had absolutely no qualms with it at all, but I’ll discuss this further in a minute.

Setting / World Building

Mr. Hearne does his usual fantastic job painting pictures of worlds that can only come from his mind.  My favorite is anytime anyone travels on the World Tree.  I’ll just leave it at that…


I almost don’t want to discuss the characters because the appearance (and disappearance) of characters plays into the story.  I like meeting all the new characters, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish we could go back and spend more time with some of the old characters.  But if you’re stuck running away from gods and such, I guess you can’t hang with the old buds from the ‘hood, huh?

Of course, Oberon continues to get the best lines from the book.  I can’t do a review without sharing at least one!

[quote style=”1″]I’m going to do a Rick James parody in your honor, Granuaile.  ‘She’s a very clever girl, the kind you don’t take home to Ogma.  She will never give you Brussels sprouts when she could give you steak.’ – Oberon[/quote]

This was a solid 4 star read for me.  I really, truly enjoyed the battles, the struggle and process to get Granuaile bound to the earth, and there were some issues that really had me thinking, “Man, after 2,000 years Atticus is still an ass sometimes!”  That is always fun stuff to read!!!

Now, if you hadn’t noticed yet, I’m quite the little fan-geek about Kevin Hearne.  I have no clue why, I just think he writes some of the funniest shit (sorry, there was no other word that fit quite as well).  In his books, Mr. Hearne tends to go off and become quite the story teller.  I think this might turn off some readers because for some, it could totally grind the story to a big fat halt.  But I think I’ve got Mr. Hearne pegged – he’s just this guy that has a ton of stories and characters floating around in his head that make up a ton of legends just waiting to come out and be told.  He’s like the Dungeon Master of a D&D game.  He’s going to be weaving the story behind the game and you just follow along with tales he spins.  If you play, get ready for the ride…

Other Book In The Series:

Oh, good God, no, don’t make me do this AGAIN… go see my review of Tricked for the list 😀

Other Reviews:

Kristina @ All Urban Things Fantasy

Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook

Christal @ Badass Book Reviews


About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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5 responses to “Release Day Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne

    • K

      Thanks, girlie! I really struggled forever with how I was going to write my reviews and then I just sat down and thought about what parts of the book make up a good or bad book to me. Hence, my headings/sections. You can also blame Smash at Smash Attack Reads b/c she did it first 😀

      I was so jazzed to get this on NG so I totally rushed through the series to get this out on release day! Otherwise, I don’t know if I would have gotten to it as quickly as I did – I tend not to reach for UF before the PNRs (hmmmm, wonder why????) I’m so glad I did, though!!!! I soooo LOVE Atticus!!!