Tricked by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(The Iron Druid Chronicles #4)
Published by Random House Audio on April 24th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 341 pages
Audio Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- Awesome narration. The audiobooks of this series are so good that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to switch to paperbacks. Maybe now that I have the voices firmly in my head, I’ll be able to make up the narration, haha!
- Solid plot with captivating pacing and fresh twists. I liked how the title Tricked is worked into the plot in a few different ways. It’s also always nice when a familiar genre is still able to surprise me with plot twists.
- Granuaille is standing on her own as a character. One of my main complaints of this series is lack of any female characters of strength and male hetero gaze from Atticus’ perspective. I just feel icky when I’m hearing the point of view of a guy who definitely at times objectifies women. Fortunately, Granuaille starts truly coming into her own in this book and isn’t going to put up with Atticus’ nonsense.
- Atticus isn’t as annoying. Perhaps because Granuaille is having a positive influence, I found Atticus much less annoying!
- Big things for series. This book makes it clear that there are some major things that will be coming up in this series. It’s basically the book where the series arc really takes off since we have enough familiarity with the characters now.
- Still creepy that Atticus as teacher has hots for his student though it’s getting worked out? This is something I’m quite conflicted about in this series. Granuaille hasn’t some wilting flower that is likely to be pressured into anything and Atticus is honest with himself and her that he doesn’t want to use his position of power to get in her pants. However, that doesn’t stop him thinking to himself how attractive she is at times and it just feels weird to me.
- This book uses skinwalkers as evil monsters and therefore is disrespecting the Navajo mythology and religion. It’s clear that the Navajo generally don’t discuss skinwalkers with outsiders and find it insulting when outsiders then make up their own versions of skinwalkers. If this is something that will ruin a book for you, this isn’t the book for you.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Tricked by Kevin Hearne
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