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Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  31,829 Ratings  ·  1,422 Reviews
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 sle
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kristenj2009 I don't think it necessarily has to be one of the Tuatha de Danann - just a Druid. Since the Tuatha all started out as Druids, they are the only ones…moreI don't think it necessarily has to be one of the Tuatha de Danann - just a Druid. Since the Tuatha all started out as Druids, they are the only ones qualified at this time (barring Atticus himself) from creating tattoos on a new Druid.

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Dear Kevin Hearne,

Please stop writing fun books like this so quickly. It makes me look like a chump for writing so slowly.



P.S. Thanks for writing fun books like this so quickly. I like reading them.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Hm. This wasn’t what I expected at all. I was tempted to give Tricked only three stars, but then I decided against it because Hearne’s writing and research deserve some reward after all. That said, me counting pages to the end is never a good sign, and I caught myself doing it more than once.

I didn’t mind the extensive worldbuilding and the occasional mythology lessons in the first two books, quite the contrary. I got a little tired of it in book three, but I was tempted to skip entire passages
Jan 06, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans, Dresden fans, people who don't sweat the small stuff
Tricked. Well, I wasn't really. Atticus was, though, by friends, foes and everyone in between. I was Entertained, but while it was certainly an improvement on its predecessor, Hammered, character underpinnings and over-referential, jokey dialogue continue to limit greatness.

I've come to realize my most significant problem with the 'Iron Druid' series is Atticus' overwhelmingly young behavior and voice, firmly rooted in current American culture. By 'firmly,' I mean that he makes references to mic
Feb 28, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Fourth in the series and still going really well! Bonus in this one was lots of dialogue between Atticus and his canine companion. I love the humour. Occasionally I felt there was a bit too much explaining going on - I realise Atticus is teaching his student but I don't want to be taught as well! Nevertheless it is a very readable story with plenty of action and fun. On to the next one a.s.a.p.
Dec 23, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
A trickster god has fun with Atticus and Granuaile!

Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid chronicles continues with Tricked, the fourth novel in the series (there are also several short stories and novellas). Though the series, as such, has devolved into a serial re-hashing of the original cool idea of a two thousand year old last druid, his sexy ginger apprentice and his wise cracking sidekick Irish wolfhound – Hearne has a winning formula. Essentially mixing in the comparative theological funkiness of Gaim
Lauren Stoolfire
Navajo trickster god, Coyote, gives Atticus a hand when some bloodthirsty thunder gods come looking for vengeance after Thor's death. And, by gives him a hand, he becomes Atticus's body double and lets the assorted thunder gods think they've chopped Atticus into itty-bitty pieces. Soon enough the real Atticus finds himself wrangled by Coyote into fighting brutal skinwalkers. Just as Atticus thinks he's starting to get a handle on things again, betrayal comes from an unexpected direction. Atticus ...more
This book is an improvement over the third one in my opinion, but not as good as the first two books in the series. I was glad to have Oberon the wolfhound back, being his usual goofy self. I was also glad to know a bit more about apprentice Granuaile and to get some background info on Atticus.

I was sorry that Atticus and Leif ended up at odds with one another—I will miss their Shakespeare quote battles and Atticus instructing the unwilling vampire on how to appear more modern, something which A
Aug 22, 2014 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Hel-la fun (see what I did there?)
Dec 21, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing
I'm lucky enough to be one of Kevin's alpha readers. That's bound to make my reviews biased. I will concede that point. However, I am also a huge fan of the series, the characters, and the world Hearne has created. It's from this second position that I'm writing my review.

Let's face it - if you're considering buying Tricked, you've already read the first three books and enjoyed them. That being the case, you will love this book as much as the rest of the series, and maybe even more. Let's run do
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Again, a fun romp with the druid & seeing how even his best laid plans can go awry, especially when a trickster is involved. I didn't enjoy this quite as much, but it was still pretty good. I've read 4 in a row, which is a very good run for me in one series. Oberon is as good as ever, possibly better. The love interest is getting old, though. I felt that way in the last book & was heartily sick of it by the end of this one. In all fairness, there wasn't a lot of free time to resolve it, ...more
‘Tricked’ is a solid installment to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Kevin Hearne knows his way around Urban Fantasy. He continually amazes me.

This time around, my favorite Druid – Atticus O’Sullivan, ends up dealing with Native American legends come to life. This story starts by quickly wrapping the cliffhanger from Hammered or rather, switching from the drama that came with an out-of-control thunder god Thor to the well-known Trickster, Coyote. I can’t say I missed the Norse gods with their impossi
Oct 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This review was originally posted at The Book Nympho


Tricked had a lot of face time with two of my favorite characters in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, Coyote and Oberon. Both characters bring much-needed comic relief and Luke Daniels voices them so well.

Atticus is dealing with a few things leftover from earlier books and manages to add more trouble on to his plate. With the help o
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Super-quick recap for my first review in about a week. I'll be back to normal reviewing sometime in the next day or two. Real life smacked me down the past few days!

What can I say other than I have a serious thing for Kevin Hearne. This man writes books which make me happy. End of story. Onward to book 5!

With no time to review for this book tonight, here's my thoughts on book 1, where I first fell in love with the series :

Book 1 - Hounded

Highlights from Tricked :

"I just shook hands with a naked
Jun 18, 2014 Elspeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
I love this series, each book is better than the last.
I mean what is not to love these books have sarcasm in plenty, food, drink, and lots of action.
I am not even going to get started on the pop culture references.
So here I am reading this book and finding out that there are going to be skin walkers in it I was all.


I couldn't wait to see Herne's take on the myth, and I wasn't disappointed.

I was also glad to see Coyote back, I find him extremely exciting. Its fun to be on the edge of you seat
May 06, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
I have to admit that I didn’t finish “Hammered”, the previous book in this series, because it veered off into Canterbury Tales land and I lost interest. This book was a return to the first two books, where the focus of the story is on Atticus and his challenges and commitments.

As this book opens, Coyote helps Atticus fake his own death (because of events in the previous book) in return for a favor. That favor turns out to be two-fold: one thing upfront and one thing that Atticus is tricked into
After helping his vampire friend, Leif Helgarson to kill Thor in the last book, Atticus has Æsir on his back. Atticus decides to fake his death (in Tuba City, part of Navajo Nation in Arizona) by making a deal with Coyote -- and in return Coyote asks Atticus to create gold mine in massive sandstone, Tyende Mesa. Unfortunately, it is not an easy task because apparently Coyote has another trick up his sleeves -- there are skinwalkers livin' near the Mesa, and Atticus might need to 'take care' of t ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to get into the urban fantasy genre
Recommended to Eric by: Nicole Evans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I still liked this book a good deal despite not enjoying the main story-line all that much. While the previous subplot involving Coyote in Hexed was interesting, this was just too much of a character that should be used sparingly -- I mean who wants to spend an excessive amount of time with a god that will undoubtedly trick you at every opportunity? And, in the case of this series, that time comes at the cost of spending time with some great supporting characters, like Hal Hauk, The Morrigan, Le ...more
Kimberley doruyter
May 31, 2016 Kimberley doruyter rated it really liked it
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 28, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This amazing series continues with another dark and humorous filled tale with the Druid Atticus, his dog Oberon and Granuaile. I highly recommend this series.

Opening Sentence: The best trick I ever pulled off was watching myself die.

The Review:

The Iron Druid Chronicles is an amazing series and continues its greatness with Tricked. If you have a love for any kind of mythology, you have to give this series a try. The attention to detail about
May 26, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it

Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: When it comes to Kevin Hearne, after his fantastic debut last year and the two sequels released in quick succession, it was hard not to be enthralled by his creations. With the epic climax of Hammered, fans everywhere were waiting to see what direction Kevin would take Atticus and Oberon next. Tricked was written and ready to be released and so when I got the opportunity to get an ARC for it, I was over the moon.

Tricked is a hard book to revie
Apr 14, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
If there's one thing I've made clear since joining Tynga's Reviews, it's probably my adoration of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, and of Kevin Hearne in general. His blog cracks me up, his books take me on a ride every time I read them (and believe me when I say I have read these books multiple times), and his nerd cred is through the roof. (Did you see his "When I'm not writing" post?) Needless to say, my fangirl heart has high expectations when it comes to his books because they keep get ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

In book 4 of the superb Iron Druid series, we rejoin my favorite Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan, and the Morrigan in the Arizona desert, as they prepare to watch as Atticus rather spectacularly fakes his own death, with the help of the trickster Coyote, of course. Yes, you read that right. Atticus is about to watch “himself” be obliterated by a few gods that want him dead (see book 3, Hammered.) What follows is indeed spectacul
Jul 09, 2012 Ratseal rated it did not like it
Coming fresh off the reading binge during which I ate up the first three books in the series, I plunked more money down at AMZN and read Tricked on my Kindle.

Short version: Don't bother. Save your cash for Butcher's Oct. release, or wait to pick this up at a fleamarket.

Longer version: Hearne is either demonstrating that he was lazy and in a hurry, or the spark in the
first three books was a fluke.

Complete review: I was disappointed less than 4 chapters into this book. Read no further if you ar
Dec 20, 2016 Vaughn rated it really liked it
Betrayal, betrayal , and more betrayal. The saying goes , keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But in Atticus's case, maybe he should treat ALL his friends like the crazy cousin you only see at family reunions and you hope that they remindered to use a breath mint before you have to go in for that dreadful hug. In other words, love from a far. And when it comes to his enemies, kill them. I would be fine with that. That's why they have dark druids. Just saying. I couldn't decide wheth ...more
Tasha Turner
Reading all the books in a series one after another has good and bad points. One of the bad points is annoying behavior becomes really annoying when you read a series without a break.

A few comments my friend Carol makes in her review about character dissonance is one of the things that is highlighted when you read the series without a break.

Atticus is supposed to be 2000 years old but many times his comments on women, culture, and a number of other thing
May 16, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book! I found that it was back to the good feel of Hounded, got back some of the pizaz!

This book picks up right where it left off in Hammered, and cracks right into it. Coyote plays a large role in this book, and we get to meet some new gods as well, most not nice!

Atticus seems to have developed since the last books, and is far less full of himself, which is a great thing to read.

I found it extremely hard to put the book down, and the epilogue left me hanging!

Ranting Dragon
Oct 16, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: garrett

May, June, and July of 2011 were great months for urban fantasy enthusiasts. For the guys, urban fantasy gained one badass dude with one hell of a smart mouth. For the ladies, urban fantasy gained one badass dude with one hell of a drool-worthy body.

Okay, I generalized there. So sue me. The fact of the matter is that with the introduction of Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles, the world was introduced to the amazing character of Atticus O’Sullivan, a
Wendy F
Oh Atticus, My Atticus, how I love thee... It was slow growing, but man, what is it about those Celtic Redheaded men?!

I mean, this had all the greats for the Iron Druid series. Humor, good plot, fun characters. But this time I really focused on Atticus. He's officially become one of my fictional lovers. There's something so damn sexy about him. I mentioned it before with the Shakespeare lingo and how smart he is. But he's also a physically sexy beast! Check this out!

I gladly shucked off my wet,
Mike (the Paladin)
I have had this series recommended to me several times. I always put it off intending to drop back and start with the first volume. Then a few weeks ago I needed something to "listen to" as in I wanted an audio book. It was late, so I went to the library web sight and checked what was available for download.

I found this was the earliest of the series that was available at the time. I wasn't sure at the time whether I would go back and read them later or not.

I don't plan to.

So, what's good and w
May 11, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: fant-magic-adven
Short reads so going back-2-back with Tricked as there’s a portent that it’s a follow-on to Hammered.

Mostly enjoyed it, especially the tete-de-tete with Coyote, the trickster. Theres also a throwback sidestory to the yarn about their visit to Asgard in hammered. Good to learn about Navajo, skinwalkers, the witchery way & the first people which is why I enjoy this series so much, in that it takes us through the mythology & belief systems of many a culture, some long gone.

Now a niggle whi
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Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that's book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.
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Other Books in the Series

The Iron Druid Chronicles (9 books)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
  • Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
  • Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #6)
  • Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
  • Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)

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