Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Trapped

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Blurb: 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.

Review: Trapped takes a rather large leap through time in order to progress the story of the Iron Druid and his apprentice. When we last saw Atticus and Granuaile, they were about to begin Granuaile’s apprenticeship as a druid. When Trapped begins, all that training is over and Granuaile is about to be bound to the Earth. A ceremony that requires time, quiet and concentration. Unfortunately, gods from both the Norse and the Greek pantheons, as well as vampires and dark elves, have other things in mind.

The jump through time works really well, and makes sense when dealing with a character who has already lived many centuries. Luckily, Atticus and Granuaile – and let’s not forget Oberon – have not changed too much in that time, just matured and grown more comfortable together. Granuaile has become more confident and has more power, though she is still not entirely sure of how to use it. Despite the numerous interruptions and conflicts thrown their way, Hearne takes the time to allow Atticus to continue with Granuaile’s sealing. Those scenes were some of my favourites, especially when Granuaile receives her animal forms! However the shadow of what happened to Atticus’ last apprentice hangs over it all, giving a real tension to the book.

Trapped ends on a MASSIVE cliffhanger that I for one could not wait to see resolved. Hunted is on my to read list for September, so I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next.

NOTE: A novella entitled Two Ravens and One Crow taking place between Tricked and Trapped, which I haven’t read yet, is also available.

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