Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Note: This review will be spoiler free, but it does make reference to earlier books from the Iron Druid series. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out Chelsea’s review of the first book, Hounded.
When I picked up Hounded two weeks ago I had no idea about the reading binge I was in for. When I found out I’d discovered this series just in time for the latest installment I’m not ashamed to admit I squee-ed a bit (okay, a lot).
Trapped has everything that made me fall in love with this series …and more. More Atticus. More Oberon. More gods arguing over just about everything. And much, much, more Granuaile.
Twelve years have passed since Atticus and his apprentice faked their deaths and went into hiding. Finally Granuaile has reached the end of her training and is ready to receive her tattoos and bind to the earth. Whilst searching for a suitable place, Perun, the Slavic thunder god appears with a deranged Loki on his tail.
The appearance of Loki can mean only one thing, Ragnarok (the Norse apocalypse) is on and it’s time for Atticus to repay his blood debt to the Norse Pantheon. Retreating to Tír na nÓg, Atticus learns two things: he can only bind Granuaile in Europe and it’s going to be bloody hard to stay dead. Determined to finish the binding before he joins the Norse, the druids retreat to the foothills of Mount Olympus, but it’s not all plain sailing. Not only is Bacchus after him now he’s back in the land of the living, but it appears a price has been put on Atticus’ head, and it looks like just about everyone has taken up the challenge.
As I’ve come to expect from this series there is tons of action and some brilliantly weaved mythology. We get to explore more plains of Yggdrasi (Norse) and Tír na nÓg, and see the Tuatha Dé Danann assembled as a court. Dark Elves are introduced and a beautifully written passage about the dwarfs, telling the tale of a Lord of the Rings-worthy battle. While there is some epic mythical action there is still plenty going on our own realm, with more than one old enemy coming out of wood work and some seriously creepy clowns.
As much as a love Atticus, Granuaile totally kicked arse in this book. Through her ceremony we get a much deeper understanding of a Druid’s connection to Gaia and the source of their power. While I loved watching her discover the wonders awaiting her and embrace her position as a powerful Druid, I loved watching her school Atticus even more.
His long life and paranoia have made it difficult for him to trust anyone at his side other than Oberon for a very long time. Watching the bond between these two grow was one of my favorite parts of Trapped, (a lovely dose of sexual tension didn’t hurt either). Atticus still puts his foot in it though, and he soon learns that even though Granuaile may be millennia younger than him, she can teach him a thing or two!
Trapped is another fantastic addition in this stand out series. Packed with hilarious and clever writing, references that are chicken soup for the geek’s soul and exceptional world building, urban fantasy doesn’t get much better than this for me. Hunted, book 6, can’t come out soon enough!
Sexual content: kissing, non-graphic sexual scenes.
Note: If you haven’t already, I would really recommend reading the novella Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) before picking up this installment. Not only is it brilliant, but it has some key plot points that come up in Trapped.