Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Tricked (Audiobook)




Tricked by Kevin Hearne
Iron Druid Chronicles #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes
Narrator: Luke Daniels
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Description:
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
My Rating:

My Review:
There are many repercussions from Atticus' previous decisions and he decides that the only way he can live with so many Gods wanting him dead is to fake his death.  It isn't easy to fool one God, let alone all those out to get him so he enlists the help of Coyote who wants a little favor in return.  But Coyote doesn't quite tell him the full extent of the favor and Atticus finds himself once again in a very slippery situation and fighting for his life.  Coyote is a trickster after all.  Luckily he has Oberon and Granuaile to help through the madness.  Atticus is caught up in another crazy adventure but it doesn't come without its scars.  We are told more amazing folklore and introduced to a few more scary creatures.

On the story...
This wasn't my favorite installment of this series but it was still very enjoyable.  It picks a bit after the last installment left off and we have to wait a bit to find out what happened to the widow.  We learn more folklore which seemed a big long winded this time around.  BUT we meet some new creatures that turn out to be just horrific.  I didn't think it could get any worse but it does.  I love the slow unveiling of Atticus' history and it progresses further here.  I feel like I really know this series now and I know what to expect but Mr. Hearne just has a way of whipping out surprises that really rock the boat.  Atticus is betrayed a couple of times.  One in particular really blew my mind.  I was so speechless.  I'm glad to see more of Oberon and Granualile in this installment though Oberon is my favorite by far.  I grew a little irritated by some of Atticus' and Oberon's American culture references.  This has always been a part of their interactions but it seemed excessive this time around.

On the narrator...
Luke Daniels.  Amazing.  Can this guy really do any MORE voices?  That is all.

Overall...
Very solid and adventurous installment with a few small annoyances.

P.S.  Anyone else want to get rid of Granualile?  I don't have a real reason for it, but I wouldn't mind it at all.
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14 comments:

  1. It is funny but this one was one I really liked because of the Native American twist. Though I don't think it was as strong as the first two. The next one was pretty interesting! I can't wait to see what you think :)

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    1. I'm already on the list for the next one. I'm waiting for the audiobook.

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  2. Hm, it does seem that those references would start to annoy me in the end

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    1. It's not like they are new or anything. They just got to me this time.

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  3. You keep reminding me that I NEED to get back to this series and soon. Looks like this series lost a bit of steam with this book, but at least you still enjoyed it!

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  4. I read the first one of the series and I really liked it but I haven't gotten around reading the rest, you make me want to listen to them instead!!

    Also, Oberon rules!

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  5. I also enjoyed this book as it dealt with some desert Southwest myths and legends. And yes, i agree with you about Oberon being a little over the top with some cultural references, but I can forgive him because he's a favorite character.

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