Where I Got It: Audible.com
Who I Recommend This To: Urban fantasy fans!
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Publisher: Random House Audio (2012)
Length: 10 hours, 41 minutes
Series: Book 4 in the Iron Druid Chronicles
Tricked starts off with a death of a main character and then an orgy. Now if you have read Kevin Hearne‘s works, you are saying, “Of course. That’s how these books roll.” At the end of the previous book, Hammered, Atticus, Oberon, and Granuile all had to make plans to exit their current lives. They actually went far less physical distance than I expected. Tricked takes place in and near Tuba City, AZ. I love that Hearne kept the series based in the desert Southwest. If you think Hammered took on some heavy hitters in the world of the supernatural, wait til you read this addition to the series. Nasty, near-indestructible, pure evil, coming right at you.
My advice to our main characters was to flea. But did they listen? No! Not the smartest decision, but it made for a highly entertaining story. On top of these evil entities, Atticus owes Coyote a big favor and pat of that favor is sabotaging a local coal mine. Yet more bare-ass antics ensue. Then there is still tension with the lawyer werewolves and of course the whole void in vampire power for the region is making everyone who knows about it antsy. Atticus has to spread his trust around in this book: his apprentice, Oberon, Coyote, the local Elemental Colorado, his werewolf buddies, the coven, local Medicine Man, etc. But he puts his trust in one wrong person and takes a beating. Ouch. Just thinking about it, even though I read it days ago, still makes me cringe.
While I wouldn’t say this is my favorite in the series, I still enjoyed it from beginning to end and look forward to the next in the series. Oberon and Granuile had more to do in this book, and Coyote kept all the main characters guessing.
Luke Daniels did a superb job once again. He has to shift between accents and characters pretty quickly during dialogue and he carried it off quite well. One small thing: the pronunciation of the last name ‘Yazzie’ was off. I only know because I work with a Yazzie.
What I Liked: desert Southwest; crazy, crazy food; skinwalkers; Oberon’s vocabulary is growing; sabotaging the coal mine.
What I Disliked: pun humor. Enough said.