Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Book Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #5)

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.

My Review: 
Atticus has completed the training of his assistant Granuaile and all that remains is the binding of her to the earth and construction of her Druid tattoos. But there is a problem. Perun the Thunder God alerts Atticus that Loki is free and Ragnarok may be about to start, and the secret of his faked death is out, leading to the furious summoning to explain himself to Brighid. Brighid tells him that his enemies have ensured that he can only bind Granuaile in the area around Mount Olympus where his enemies will be expecting him-but Atticus must get Granuaile bound so she can defend herself so it is off to Greece.

It is a three month process to finish the binding but interruptions are constant with assassins trying to poison Oberon, Bacchants trying to kill Atticus, the dark elves getting pissed at being blamed by Atticus for countless things they haven't done and deciding to murder him, angry Gods, added to the shady appearance of Leif where trouble is and someone from Tuatha De' Danann trying to betray them at every step. It's just another fun day for Atticus and his friends. And when the Norse Gods decide that Atticus owes them a favour after all the havoc he has caused them, it was never going to be good news...

Atticus is already dealing with the threats he knows about, trying to keep a low profile from Hel and Bacchus but discovering that Loki is on the loose and setting fire to big pieces of Europe is disturbing. Hearing the news that an ancient vampire-Theophilus-who is responsible for many Druid deaths now wants to kill the last two is not news he wants to hear, especially with him hiring the dark elves to hunt Atticus down. Even if they can survive all of this, Frigg is demanding that Atticus goes into Hel's domain to kill the deadly wolf Fenrir before Ragnarok can start. Seriously Atticus, there are some days where you should just say 'sod it' and stay in bed!

“Lie down and offer your throat. No, wait, that's how dogs submit. I know! Offer her your wallet!"-Oberon

Oberon has lots of relationship advice for Atticus when he experiences a few bumps in his dealings with Granuaile, and Oberon prefers the simplicity of dog relationships ("Bitch comes into heat, the Marvin Gaye song plays, puppies in nine weeks!"-Oberon) However, Oberon's main focus is on starting a new religion and having Atticus helping him with the finer points required in setting it up with him.

Atticus-"What's this religion going to be called?"
Atticus-"And the name of this holy writ I will be typing for you?"
Oberon-"The dead flea scrolls: A Sirius Prophecy.”

The other good thing about this book was seeing Perun again! I really liked him, his sense of humour and his struggles to grasp modern language...a bit like Leif in the first couple of books. He's a great character and I want to see more of him. I also enjoyed having Granuaile becoming a full Druid and starting to discover what she will be able to do with her new skills and a new weapon made just for her. I was pleased that the author decided to have years pass between his books so that we were not fully bogged down in the details of her training and just saw what was relevant. Now we are going to see her able to fight with Atticus instead of needing to be defended.

As usual, lots of action, lots of humour and good characters.
Read November 2016.  
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  1. Ok, without even reading the books and only your reviews (although I skipped yesterday's one that had spoilers, I ALREADY want an Oberon!

    1. Me too. I need to get started on this series.

    2. Oberon is just the coolest character EVER! I'm hoping you both love him!