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

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

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!

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne

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

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.

Featured Image - Trapped by Kevin Hearne

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.


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!

Buy TRAPPED (or catch up with the whole series) in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:

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

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

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

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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 -

(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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