Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4) by Kevin Hearne - Book Review

Write on: Wed, 18 Jan 2023 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 102

I became hooked on the Iron Druid series, so am tearing through it.

What to Expect

This novel sets Atticus up against creatures from Native American (Navajo) mythology. Coyote (who appeared in the previous novel) helps him out of his predicament with the Norse gods, and in return asks for a service. As can be expected from a Trickster god, this 'service' is rather tricky and Atticus gets dragged to further mischief against his better judgement.

Expect the usual urban-fantasy romp, mixing mythologies and adventures, pop-culture references and quips amidst the action. A lovely read, even if not particularly taxing.

What I liked

I love the characters, all of whom are well drawn and realistic. Atticus' attitude that neither growing old nor growing up are mandatory - leads him to have Shakespeare quote duels with vampires and lose a pun context to his dog.

Hearne has done a wonderful job in crafting the Iron Druid's world, with its seemingly conflicting pantheons and creation myths living together in a way that does not clash but rather interacts nicely. He's got a cool magic system - systems, one should say - where the limitations are just as interesting as the powers, varied monsters and gods, and light adventures; everything you'd want from urban fantasy, even if the setting isn't particularly 'urban'.

What to be aware of

This is book 4 of the series, and references past events. Though there is a bit of closure and break from the previous three novels, it's still best to read from the start.

Felix's Review

Felix is enjoying the series as well. He can see why Atticus is willing to tackle gods and monsters, what with his great powers (particularly the quick healing granted to him by the earth). He'd definitely like to share a drink with him, and suspects there would be many stories they could swap.


Highly recommended entertainment for urban-fantasy and mythology fans.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2023 00:17

Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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