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Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles by [Hearne, Kevin]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in 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"

"[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

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Fourth book (but first in a new story arc) in the Iron Druid Chronicles series, described by SFF World as 'Neil Gaiman's American Gods meets Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008258XWC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been enjoying this series and this book was no exception, but perhaps was the weakest so far.
Here we see Atticus repaying a debt to help out some Native Americans and coming up against Native American mythology (instead of the Norse Gods we have met previously) and some bad guys that even he can't deal with. Told as before with both wit and charm and humour from his hound Oberon.
The joy of the previous books was his dealing with a variety of Gods and religions (a brilliant scene with Jesus in the last book) and how they all mingle and share existence (based on the model that Gods gain their powers from belief). Here there is less of that and a story that feels slightly padded, with much of Atticus explaining stuff to his apprentice/the reader. Some of his old friends and alliances are treated rather strangely and even the ending was a little...odd.
So it was okay but not as entertaining or clever as the previous books. Be interesting to see where the author goes next, but he needs to freshen things up a bit and not rely too much on sausage related humour!
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This series has gone so downhill :(
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good & on time
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Fast paced, funny an well written. I get to lean a lot about Norse mythology too. A great read.
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when i first started this book it was a chore. it was difficult to get passed the first chapter as it was a mirror of what the happened at the end of the third book. maybe it was because of the low standard of the previous book that this book stood out but the sceans were more fluid less choppy and the caractures better developed. an esseance of suspense has finally been introduced.
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By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
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It would be really easy for this to be a McBook - a bit of Irish myth, some green waffle, lots of pop-culture and eye candy - but its better than that. For all it does not take itself too seriously, it puts its hero Atticus (and his big dog Oberon too) in real danger, always creates doubts about betrayal by someone, and doesn't shy away from the gore - and the consequences - and also shows us enough emotion that we always take it seriously.

It really helps to have read the first three books though.

In fact, if you havent read those, do so at once: they are not only each self contained, but also a trilogy complete in themselves, and the first chapter in the ongoing multi-book Iron Druid Chronicles. Those first three books dealt with how Atticus almost accidentally became a godslayer and then ultimately assassinated Thor: now we are dealing with the consequences of that. Those consequences include dealing with Coyote, the Trickster. As you might guess, things are not as they seem. Atticus is well out of his depth at times here, and it shows.

On the other hand, author Hearne is writing Atticus with a good feel now: he's perhaps a bit too much the 20-something new age slacker he appears to be, and perhaps a little too invested in current pop-culture over that of (say) medieval Ireland, but in part this is explained and inferred over the course of the series. I also can't complain too much since a lot of it is banter with his dog that involves keeping score with sausages, and its just plain fun to read.

Book 5, Trapped, is due out in November - and set nearly 12 years in the future. Coincidentally, that's how long it takes to take an apprentice druid.
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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 April 2013
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Here's the excellent news: this episode in the ongoing adventures of Atticus, a 2000 year old druid with cool, cosmically-charged tattoos and Gaia at his back is as good as the first in the series, Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles. The second and third instalments kinda wobbled a little bit - after setting up an excellent universe with a skilled supernatural dude at its core, Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles felt somewhat rushed, and Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles kinda threw too much into the mix all at once. In Tricked, the pace settles down again to a more even progression; the regular cast show up but there's a comprehensible number of minor deities and supernatural stooges to remember, and Atticus gets a chance to start building (another) new life.
Well. Once he's dealt with a pair of skulking skinwalkers, that is...

Kevin Hearne has used each adventure in this ongoing series to focus on a different set of beliefs and this time he delves into the fertile myths of the native Americans. Tricked is a lot less confused than the Viking episode (too many gods spoiled that broth), making the narrative more straightforward. The story is somewhat smaller but the threat is no less dramatic for all that the action takes place on a more intimate stage.
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The fourth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles sees a slight change in the circumstances of the characters as they relocate, and follow up on some of the debts leftover from the previous books.

While the plot is a little thin and repetitive, the humour of the narrative remains fantastic and is the chief selling point for the series. The dialogue between Atticus and his dog, Oberon, is actually laugh-out-loud funny and kept me entertained throughout. It's a pleasure to read and must have been just as fun to write.

In some places, I struggled to remember events from previous books that were referenced - slightly oddly I felt they were explained where they weren't really relevant to the new plot, but left vague where they were. This left me in a scenario where I was irritated by a particular character without really understanding how they fitted in. On the other hand, I did like that it made reference back to earlier books, and their events continued to have repercussions for the characters, rather than everything starting again from a blank slate.

So mixed feelings overall - not convinced it's the best story in the series, though it remains funny, and I'm going to keep reading.
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