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Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Four by [Hearne, Kevin]
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Book 4 of 8 in The Iron Druid Chronicles (8 Book Series)
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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 native of Arizona and teaches high school English in Mesa. When he's not grading essays or writing novels, he tends to his basil plants, indulges in the guilty pleasure of comic books, and lives with his wife and daughter in a snug little cottage.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3383 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O1BGIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Wanchoo VINE VOICE on April 24, 2012
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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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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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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Both Laurie and I love the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne and there's plenty of good reasons for that. The humor that Kevin Hearne delivers is wonderful, the conversations that Atticus and Oberon his dog have together... Oh boy. And nobody can mix up all the different pantheons, the different beliefs as Hearne can. Tricked is no different.

Atticus has pissed off just one God too many this time and to get them off his back he made a deal with Coyote in Hammered. The deal was a simple one; Coyote would take Atticus's place, let them kick the crap out of him so the Gods would believe Atticus died, since Coyote can come back from the dead, and the God's would leave Atticus alone in the future.

In return Atticus would have to move some earth for Coyote. But keep in mind who Coyote is. The Trickster. So it's safe to assume that the deal might not be so simple as believed.

Everything that happens in this book is so Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon can disappear (preferably presumed dead), so Atticus can train Granuaile to become the next Druid. You'd think faking your own death and disappearing would be a little easier for a Druit to pull off then a human but actually it turns out to be much more complicated.

Moving "some earth" for Coyote isn't just that. They're invading Skinwalker territory - which they don't take lightly, Colorado (the elemental in the area) will not cooperate with moving earth and metal until the coalmines in the area are shut down, the widow (MacDonagh) has been possessed when she died (by another Goddess) and she's after Atticus, not to mention Leif Helgarson is back. With trouble, LOADS of trouble.

I will never regret picking up the first book to read in this series.
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