Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne

It’s been 12 years since Atticus faked his own death and during that time, he’s been teaching Granuaile to become a full-fledged Druid. Now he just has to bind her to the earth, and she’ll be good to go. Easier said than done, right? When Perun, a thunder god, makes a rather spectacular entrance with Loki hot on his trail (literally), the gang is pretty sure something isn’t right. Loki being free is bad enough, but when Atticus and crew are summoned to Faery for an audience with Brighid, things get all kinds of worse, all kinds of quick. The beings that were supposed to think Atticus was dead now know he’s not, and Atticus fears they’ll try to make him dead for real with a quickness. Atticus thinks he can buy himself and Granuale some time, so they head to Olympus to start her binding, which takes 3 months and involves some pretty elaborate tattooing and conferring with Gaia. If you’ll recall from Tricked, Greece isn’t exactly the safest place for the gang right now, but unfortunately, it’s the only place available to them to complete the binding.

When they arrive in Olympus, it seems that they may actually be able to complete Granuaile’s binding, but during a trip to a hunting and camping supply store, they’re attacked by a murderous, and explosive, vampire and pretty much informed that a big ‘ol scary boss vamp is after Atticus. Then there’s another attack by more baddies, and finally our little group gets some relief in the form of Manannan Mac Lir and his lovely wife Fand on the diplomatic Iris plane of Mag Mell, where Oberon discovers the most wonderful bacon he’s ever eaten. Baaaaacon. But I digress. Their reprieve doesn’t last long, and there’s plenty more to come in the form of challenges! There are indeed some doozies on the horizon for our heroes, including a horde of killer clowns (seriously, like, at least enough to fill 2 VW Bugs-at least), gods of the Roman and Greek persuasion (Bacchanalia!!), and more conniving fae than you can shake a staff at. Of course, for us readers, this is awesome, because this means lots of killer fight scenes (clowns!!), and chase scenes (Clowns!! On unicycles and scooters!!), which the author always pulls off with relish, a heaping helping of awesome, and plenty of magic.

There’s certainly plenty of drama, but there’s also drama of the happy type too, like Granuaile becoming a full Druid, and finding out what her shape-shifting forms will be. I’ll also let you mull this over: Atticus has to tattoo Granuaile from her feet on up. And it takes a while. A Deliciously. Long. While. Needless to say,ahem, there will be lots of thinking about baseball (for Atticus), and you know you want to see some sparks between these two, don’ t you? Of course you do!! Just when you think this wonderful series can’t get better, it does, with each book, and you’ll definitely be panting for the next one, Hunted, out next year!

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  1. This is a great review. I read #2 and felt I really didn’t need to read the first one, I kind of got what went on. But I don’t know about #3 and #4. I’ll have to look them all up.

  2. I agree, a great review! I think the way the book jumped forward 12 years really propelled the story and I loved the scene where Granuaille found her forms was fantastic! Thanks for the review!

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