The Iron Druid Chronicles #4
Published April 2012 by Del Rey
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: 1. Hounded 2. Hexed 3. Hammered 4. Tricked 5. Trapped (November 2012) 6. Hunted (2013)
Challenge: All Series, All Summer
Rating: Loved It
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. (Source: Goodreads)
Though Atticus left town, trouble manages to find him. He owes Coyote a favor for helping stage is death and covering his tracks from Thor’s cronies. In Coyote-style, the agreed upon favor is way nastier than discussed. He also has to combat a friend using him in his own game.
Like the previous books, Hearne had me giggling from cover to cover. Oberon has a more active role in this book and provides lots of comedic one-liners. The Schwarzenegger Pun Reduction Treaty of 2010 had me laughing out loud. Plus Atticus gets a little apprenticing accomplished with Granuaile. Atticus is also caught looking a time or two. A future relationship may or may not be building.
Hearne sure knows how to create interesting characters with depth and how to build the web they interact within. He has me anxiously awaiting Two Ravens and One Crow, novella out in September. For those of you caught up with the series, this was my favorite since Hounded.
A Druid, his dog and his apprentice. The supernatural world won’t know what hit’m.