Trapped, Iron Druid book five

Trapped is the fifth novel in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. A Harry Dresden-esque story of Atticus, the last remaining druid.

Atticus largely spends his time hanging out, loving the earth and being all druid-y. This is how he has stayed alive when all the other druids were killed off! The series, however, shows how events unfold to lead Atticus in bringing the magic back and training an apprentice, a hot one. In book five it appears Granuaile, said apprentice, is ready to be sworn in or, conveniently "bound," when everything goes awry.

I really enjoy these books. They are clever, fast paced and a good escape. Hounded is the first in the series.

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, book five) by Kevin Hearne


  1. All the other druids were killed off around 200 BC.  But I see a guy in a T and jeans.  I am very confused – when is this story set?

    1. The book’s cover is rather off. I’m not exactly sure who it is supposed to appeal to, but the book is set in the modern day.

      It really is an entertaining series, even if the cover looks like it is for a romantic rag.

    2. It’s set in modern times. Long story short, in this series, druidry lasted until Christianity came to Ireland. The main character did a deal with one of the Gaelic gods for the entirety of her herblore, which included a recipe which extended youth indefinitely. He then angered one of the others by stealing a magic sword, and had to flee for his life. After a mission in the new world to create doorways for the fae to enter the americas, hiding out in Africa, and generally doing the incognito immortal thing for twenty centuries, he finds a reason to stop running and fight.

      The biggest complaint I’ve seen about this series is that there’s not enough romance, and too much unresolved sexual tension. The latter gets resolved in the new book, and urban fantasies that go light on the romance are rare enough.

  2. As a fan of Dresden Files, and Urban Fantasy in general, I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes action comedy works.

    Now, what do I read next? I’ve already finished the Nightside, caught up with Dresden, read all of Sandman Slim….

    1. Have you tried Simon R. Green’s “Man With The Golden Torc” storyline? Simultaneously tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top action, they’re a really entertaining read. I highly recommend them!

      1. Imagine the characters from the Dresden Files and the characters from Xanth having a contest to tell The Aristocrats, and you’d get an approximate feel for his books. Especially the Nightside series.

    2. The Russian “Night Watch” series, surely?  A little uneven at times, but thoroughly atypical.

      There’s Diane Duane’s “Young Wizards” series, which is technically YA, but too good not to recommend.  (There’s also a short spinoff “Feline Wizards” series which skews a little older; the third book in the series is available online for free.)

      I would mention “Neverwhere” and “American Gods”, but that would probably be redundant, amirite?

  3. I’ll give another thumbs up to “Hounded”. It was an unexpectedly fun book that expanded the urban fantasy gene nicely. (And a good book to read while I not so patiently wait for Patrick Rothfuss to finish book three of The Kingkiller Chronicles :-) )

    However, as with so many fantasy and urban fantasy series, each subsequent book piles on more and more complexity, trying to be bigger and bigger. What started out as a fresh pond of fun becomes bogged down with the accretions of plot backfilling. I hope this latest book manages to avoid that pitfall.

  4. @ Sam Piip:

    You could try “The Emperor’s Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)” by Lindsay Buroker. After reading a number of disappointing fantasy books from mainstream publishers I was delighted by the quality of Buroker’s self-published book on Smashwords. Fun, smartly written, consistent and light on, but not completely missing, romance (which can be a relief if you read a lot of urban fantasy). And, as the first book in a series, it’s free on Smashwords. Kind of hard to beat that :-)

    My experience comparing the disappointing mainstream fantasies to the self-published books by Buroker proved to me that one can’t count on big publishing houses to be “gate keepers” of quality nor to do proper developmental editing, and that self-published authors can put out quality work that exceeds that being published by the big houses. I was not surprised to find out that Buroker hires professional editors at her own expense, as well as soliciting feedback from others. Good stuff.

    I have no relation to the author, I just enjoyed the book and the give away scheme worked. I liked the first one and bought the reasonably priced, DRM-free sequels.

  5. Atticus is turning out to be as monstrous a fuckpuddle as Thor.  Also, almost every woman is a witch or goddess with a subterranean emasculating agenda.  Also, lots of talk about how heterosexually horny Atticus is, but lots of references to friends with giant, hairy muscles and personal fur.  Psychosexual subtext galore.

  6. Trapped is next on my reading list after the book I’m on. I picked up the first four from Kevin at Phoenix Comicon last year and devoured them. Beyond his writing, he gives great Q&A and he’s grounded enough to still be a fanboy himself. I bumped into him at a local Cherie Priest signing, doing exactly what I was. I still haven’t made it to Rula Bula yet, but it’s on my to do soon list.

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