As both a lover of urban fantasy and a cover whore, yes I will admit that sometimes I buy a book just because it has a pretty cover, I initially started reading Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series because of the combination of interesting blurb and cute redhead. See this man <— , this man is a cutie pie. I’m not normally into the curly-haired, redheaded look, but I will make an exception for him. After picking it up for mostly visual reasons, I was rewarded with a truly awesome reading experience. I quickly read through all four books; Hounded, Hexed, Hammered and Tricked. Then began the wait for book five, Trapped.
Trapped takes place twelve years after the events in Tricked. I was a little unsure of how the story arc would flow with there being such a huge time gap, but I just seemed to dive right back into this world with no trouble. Since the very beginning of the series, Atticus has been on the gods’ shit list. Roman gods, Norse gods, Greek gods, even some of the fae are out to get him. After the events in Tricked Atticus and Granuaile have faked their deaths in order for Granuaile to finish her Druid training. Just when they are done and ready for her to be bound to the earth, in starts more trouble. It seems that Atticus’s past actions are coming back to haunt him, there are enemies surrounding him on all sides and it’s a race to finish the binding so that Granuaile will have the protections and healing the earth provides. Atticus seems desperate to complete this, all of his previous students were killed before the binding could be completed and he doesn’t want this to happen to Granuaile.
Once again readers are taken on a action packed thrill ride through the many, varied mythologies as this couple and their side kick Oberon, a very handsome, quit funny wolfhound, try to complete their goal while dodging gods and elves. I have to say one of the things I really like about his series how Kevin Hearne explores the paranormal and mythological world. There are vampires, witches, and lycanthropes as well as trolls, elves and gods. There doesn’t seem to be a limit on his imagination or the characters he will create. This series is full of pop culture references, very unique fight scenes and humor. Over the course of five books, Atticus, despite being two thousand years old, has gotten himself into quite a few scrapes. Most of them are his own creations. There were a couple of times in this book where he should have kept his mouth shut, but instead his smart remarks or off hands comments create even more trouble. But I like him BECAUSE of those things. He is smart, resilient and funny. The writing does get a little “teachy” when Atticus is describing something or explaining something to Granuile, but I can get past that.
In Granuile and Oberon, you have companion characters that have been with our hero throughout the series. Oberon being his trusty sidekick, and where most of the humor is injected into the story. Some of his lines truly crack me up. Granuile has always been a supporting character and has evolved into a love interest here. I like that she is allowed to be a strong , smart, likeable character who sometimes has to save the day when Atticus is at his limit or simply can’t. She is dedicated to him and even when their relationship becomes that of equals instead of student and teacher, she sticks by him.
Some of Atticus’s problems are solved in this story, but not all, and there are some new developments that make me wonder if there will ever be any peace for him. The sixth (and I think final, I could be wrong) book Hunted, comes out in the spring of 2013. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Atticus and how Granuile is coming into her own. If you are a Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden fan, or simply an urban fantasy lover like me, you should give Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Favorite Quote: (Oberon is between << >> )
We did stop eventually, but only because Oberon threatened to chew off his leg as the sun set for the third time since we’d begun.<<I’m desperately bored of being a watchdog, especially since I have to watch you two be grody together.>>
“Now, hold on! First, you didn’t have to watch, because I specifically suggested that you not to do so, and , second, it wasn’t grody. It was the stuff Al Green sings about.”
<<You were the one who told me that proberb thingie: “Grody is in the eye of the beholder.”>>
“No, Oberon, that was beauty.”
<<Whatever. It works for grody too.>>