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Review: Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne #2020AudiobookChallenge

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Hello fellow bookworms it’s time for another mini review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Trapped by Kevin Hearne. Book 5 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.

This year, as you may know, I set myself the long overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.

Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started The Iron Druid Chronicles back in 2018! Eek!

What’s Trapped about?

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Review: Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 290

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.


Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes
Source: Bought
Published by Del Rey on 27 November, 2012
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Foyles ¦ Waterstones

What did I think about Trapped?

Non-stop Peril From Start To Finish!

I’ve become a big fan of Kevin Hearne’s stories. I love his writing style. It’s intelligent, well researched but easy to read. His stories are full of threads but never leave me feeling confused. Kevin keeps me entertained from the first to the last page.

Once again, I downloaded the Audible narration to listen to the story while reading. Christopher Ragland’s performance is wonderful, he transports me into the adventure. The pace at which he reads the story and the emotions he adds to the different scenes are perfect. His female voices aren’t quite as believable as his male ones. However, I love the different accent he gives each character – his performance brings them all to life.

While I’m talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series.

They’re complex beings written with their own tales and histories. It makes each one feel real and believable. I love how much Granuaile features in Trapped. There’s a huge timeline jump which disappointed me: I was really interested in reading about her Druid training. However, as Granuaile has evolved into an amazing Druid all is forgiven. I can see how much more fun it’s going to be now with her at full strength. However, Oberon, Atticus’ faithful Irish Wolfhound is still the BEST. He just lights up my heart in every scene he’s in. Oberon could never be mistaken for a Max.

I think the story unfolded at a good pace. Never giving us any more information than Atticus had. Therefore we journeyed with him, never really knowing when or where the next attack would strike. I loved the action-packed pace of this book, spending most of my time on the edge of my seat. 

Trapped is the fifth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles so a lot has happened. However, Kevin does a good job of weaving any pertinent information into the story seamlessly. I didn’t notice any detrimental effects to the flow or pace.

Warning:

My only issue is the perilous life-or-death cliffhanger right at the end. (grrrrrr!) Kevin you sod, how could you leave it there! I’ve taken off a star just to punish you for your meaness!

I’ve become emotionally invested in this series and I’ve already bought them all. I can’t wait to see what trials and adventures Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon have to face next!

Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.

The Iron Druid Chronicles

The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series of urban fantasy novels, written by Kevin Hearne and published by Del Rey Books. All the books including short stories have recorded Audiobooks narrated by Luke Daniels (for the US) and Christopher Ragland (for the UK market).

The series is set in our world (the first couple of books are set in Tempe, Arizona) where supernatural creatures exist, such as witches, vampires, werewolves, as well as various gods and goddesses from the world’s mythologies. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), a Druid who owns and runs an occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he gets embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of Gods and Goddesses and other supernatural creatures.

Books in the Series

It’s never too late to start your adventure. There are nine novels and a growing number of short stories and novellas in this series. I’ve only listed the novels here. Click below to read my reviews or buy a copy for yourself.

Buy THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles

About Kevin Hearne

Author - Kevin Hearne

Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

Kevin hugs the heck out of trees and loves doggies and pretending that he knows stuff about hockey. (“There are goalies!” he noted. “And frozen water!”) He is also fond of comic books, tacos, fresh air, clean energy, fountain pens, and friendly people.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts.

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If you’ve read any of the books in this captivating urban fantasy series, I’d love to hear from you. If not, I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you click on the above links and add it to your towering TBR piles. 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

book cover for The Iron Druid Chronicles book 5 - Trapped by Kevin Hearne

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(4) Comments

  1. Cliffhangers can be so frustrating, especially when the book is so great!!

    1. Flora says:

      Yeah, they drive me mad!! I understand authors want to tempt readers to buy their next book but they shouldn’t leave their protagonists hanging – literally!

  2. It’s such a great series, I’m glad you are enjoying it!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks, Shelleyrae. I’m loving it! I see there are Oberon spin-off stories too. Will have to check them out after I’m done.

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