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Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Four [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Hearne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.


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“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.”—SFF World, on Hounded


“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice . . . a savvy urban fantasy adventure.”—Library Journal, on Hounded

About the Author

Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.


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  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345533623
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O1BGIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as his past books April 30, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The writer is great, so much so I had high expectations for this book. However, this book felt a little "phoned in". Why? Because the book was choppy. It appeared to be more of a series of stories than one cohesive book. Further, the author used a LOT of "Filler" - meaningless dialogue between the main character and his dog and others that did not serve to further the story line or character development. There is a lot of interaction with between the main character and his dog that could easily have been cut out without any affect whatsoever on the story. The first three books were excellent. This one was average at best to slightly below average. The author moved the ball forward on some things, but not enough to take the book out of the just o.k. category. He needs to push the development of lines that show new skills, new objects, and take a stab at putting together his disparate universe of gods, magic etc. It's loose. We are told that everything that is believed exists (including gods from every religion. But we are not really told how or why all of this can be reconciled. Further, his manner of dealing with threats is routine in some cases and new in others. It would be far better for the reader if new and interesting ways of dealing things are the main focus. I would recommend the earlier books, but not this book. It is ok. The author should not just listen to those who say everything is great, because with this last book, he stumbled.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When it comes to Kevin Hearne, after his fantastic debut last year and the two sequels released in quick succession, it was hard not to be enthralled by his creations. With the epic climax of Hammered, fans everywhere were waiting to see what direction Kevin would take Atticus and Oberon next. Tricked was written and ready to be released and so when I got the opportunity to get an ARC for it, I was over the moon.

Tricked is a hard book to review because of two reasons namely, it's the fourth book of the series and secondly because a lot of its plot details are spoilers for the preceding three titles. I must warn readers that I'll be trying to avoid spoilers as much as possible however there will be some minor spoilers and those readers who haven't read the first three books can avoid the review ahead.

Tricked begins with a short soliloquy similar to the first book however this one is even more outrageous than its predecessor, it begins with the following lines:

"The best trick I ever pulled off was watching myself die. I did a respectable job of it too - the dying, I mean, not the watching!"

With such a terrific line begins the fourth entry of the chronicles of Atticus the lone druid who's witty, versatile and now hunted by the thunder gods of various pantheons for his actions across Hammered. He however has a couple of tricks up his sleeve and he turns to one of the ultimate tricksters of yore to help him in his task. This of course works on "scratch my back and I scratch yours" principle and while Atticus thinks he has it under control. Coyote of course manages to one up him with his version of a request. Not to add to his troubles is his past catching up in the form of the widow Mrs.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Books31
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion Kevin Hearne was one of the best new urban fantasy writers in 2011 (and if you want my honest opinion one of the best new writers period in 2011). His books are exciting, full of intricate characters with well written dialog, and are jam packed with nonstop action. And Tricked, the fourth book in his Iron Druid Chronicles series, is no exception to this.

Tricked's action and issues spring primarily from the ramifications of Hammered. Of course, unlike most books that act as a bridge for a significant change in the story arc, Tricked is an amazing book in its own right. That's not to say that readers should not read the previous books in the series first, (being the fourth book in the series, not reading the other three books first would severely harm the reading enjoyment.) No, what is meant is that this book, like its predecessors, is well written, exciting, and full of fantastic characters, making it a must read for any fan of urban fantasy.

While so many things are incredible about Tricked and the entire series, what truly impressed me is how well Kevin Hearne balances humor, action, and a well developed plot. I honestly found myself laughing out loud at parts of Tricked (especially in the conversations between Oberon and Atticus), but at the same time couldn't put the book down because it was too darn exciting.

Hearne delivers a whole new batch of interesting gods and creatures for Atticus to deal with in this book, which really spice up the story and establish a whole new storyline for readers to get into. That brings me to another thing I love about the series and Ticked specifically, how well Hearne melds the different myths and religions while not detracting from the overall story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...your charms are like Macros..." May 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the wake of the realms-shaking events in Asgard, Atticus takes a cue from Lucifer and, with the aid of some righteously enraged thunder gods and his allies Coyote and the Morrigan, convinces the world he doesn't exist anymore. Not all Asgardians are fooled by his disappearing act, and his actions have paved the way for certain parties to hasten the ultimate Norse endgame. But like all tricksters, Coyote's aid comes with a price tag- a hefty one that even Coyote didn't quite estimate- plus with Leif out of commission, a few lesser vampires have arisen to fight over his territory. What's a druid to do...?

Writers of all stripes could take a few lessons from this series. It's multi-layered, fully vested in its myth and mythos- this one centering on Navajo traditions and lore- and well focused on both the character and story arcs. There's also some excellent insight into Atticus' past and a fantastic primer for how to fake a murder scene good enough to fool CSI along with a few other intriguing scientific and magical techniques. Lots of UF authors who think they're so good at this stuff should take notes, especially as Hearne is gracious enough to thank those who helped him out with it.

The best thing about Hearne's books- the characterizations and humor- remain strong. It's guaranteed you'll find something to 'lol' about at least once every chapter. ("You can call me... Roy." Yeah, I saw what you did there!) And the Schwarzenegger Rule deserves an entry on the TV Tropes page. He's also good at crafting some interesting imagery with his colloquialisms, which adds to the fun.

With their expanded roles in the book, Coyote is given some surprising depth and Granuaile finally comes into her own, no longer just a pretty face wanting to learn the ancient arts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Hearne
Since I ran out of Jim Butcher books to read, I am very grateful to have found Kevin Hearne and his "Iron Druid Chonicles". Read more
Published 2 days ago by William D Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars still great even a second time
I'm pretty picky about the books I read, but I never get tired of this series. The magical and modern mix is great. It's got great adventures of traveling and other cultures. Read more
Published 7 days ago by goose
5.0 out of 5 stars Oberon the Spy (Audible)
Another good story with Atticus and Oberon helping Coyote, (a shape shifter), and some Arizona Navajo Indians. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Weapon of novel series
This series is a great mix of action, drama, and laugh-out-loud funny. Laugh thru the anxiety all the way to the end.
Published 11 days ago by andro
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4th installment
I have nothing but good things to say about this book. Big surprise I'm kind of addicted now. Just as much action in this book but, it was quite a bit creepier than the others. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Crystal Gethicker
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's to Loving the Wolf Hound
I seem to enjoy each book in this series more than I enjoyed its predecessor. It may be that the further I get into a series the more I like the characters and become attached to... Read more
Published 16 days ago by chanda ekker
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter in the series thought not as much as books 1 through 3. Still this series ranks as one of the most original story concepts. Read more
Published 20 days ago by christopher wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better
The author in this series is excellent at character development and interaction. Plus I really enjoy the liberal doses of humor that he applies to his material. Read more
Published 22 days ago by L. Shoff
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I love these books. Wish they were longer, but all around great books. Probably funniest fantasy series ever too! Thx
Published 22 days ago by Ben Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series continues.
This book series has gotten me through a long cold winter. This book is a good read, plenty of pace. The dialogue is mature and the characters are likeable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack Rosebery
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Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

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Should've been titled "Hoaxed"!!!
Amazon doesn't presently show that Tricked is available for purchase in the audio version (only the paperback and Kindle versions). However, if you go to the audible.com website (which states that it is an Amazon company), you can purchase the audio version today. I'm guessing that Amazon will... Read more
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