So it's time! Granuaile is ready! Only one problem. They get interrupted. Gods pop up wanting revenge. Other gods pop up asking for help to clean up the mess Atticus caused during earlier adventures that may have sped the Norse end of the world along a bit... That's right, Ragnarok may be coming fast! Add some pissed off vampires, some dwarves, dark elves, and old friends into the mix and you have a recipe for what could possibly be a disaster.
But we all know Atticus and Oberon will wisecrack their way to a solution, right?
Trapped wraps up a few loose ends from earlier books and leaves some big problems to solve in later ones, so it's a great mix of resolution and setup. The writing is great, with a mix of styles you don't regularly see in urban fantasy. I mean, where else would you have a dwarf relate a tale of woe with an epic flavor? Or an Irish god talk about Norse myths and the dark elves? The only thing lacking was getting inside Granuaille's head to get her perspective on everything.
My one niggly issue with the book was with Granuaille transitioning from Druid-in-training to full-fledged-Druid and only having one scene of confusion when she gets her magic going. Even with twelve years of training and occasionally seeing through Atticus' eyes, I just can't see her going from fledgling to badass as quickly as she does. Sure, she's tough and resourceful, but Atticus deliberately kept her from some of the worst fighting in earlier books and now she's going toe to toe with some major deities with nary some sweat on her brow.
Even with that issue, I have to say for the record that Trapped is another amazing book for the series. Kevin Hearne is on a roll and I can hardly wait to see what trouble Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaille get into next!
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