Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)” as Want to Read:
Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(The Iron Druid Chronicles #4)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  43,327 ratings  ·  1,760 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tricked, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Pepón In "Hammered" he says "another person" has to make the tattoos. You can't make them yourself. It seems to be implied that it has to be another druid. …moreIn "Hammered" he says "another person" has to make the tattoos. You can't make them yourself. It seems to be implied that it has to be another druid. As he is the last of the druids, he tells his apprentice that, if he dies, she will have to ask the Tuatha De Danann to make them for her.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.25  · 
Rating details
 ·  43,327 ratings  ·  1,760 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)

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.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
All the stars for Oberon 💕
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
Dec 30, 2011 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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

Original review can be found at Booknest.

I just have to say, I love it when a series gets better and better with each new installment. And so far, that has been the case (at least in my opinion) with The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Atticus O’Sullivan is on the lam with his Druidic apprentice and his faithful hound. The only way to stay safe is to convince the gods of all the pantheons that he’s dead. Really, really dead. To accomplish this without actually dying, he gains the ai
Sep 13, 2015 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
Feb 27, 2016 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.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book. I do have to admit that it was not my favorite book in the series so far but it was still good. This is the fourth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles which is a series that really has to be read in order. I have found the entire series to be rather entertaining and this book was no exception.

The book started out really strong. Atticus needs to disappear so a plan is developed to make sure that everyone thinks he is
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Hel-la fun (see what I did there?)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent story from an excellent author and fantastic narrator. 8 of 10 stars
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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This has to be my favourite book of the series so far and it's the first one I've wanted to give all five stars to.

You see, I've loved everything about the series prior to this book apart from one teeny tiny thing, which was that I didn't feel the main character, Atticus, had enough inter-character relationships. At least, nothing stronger than an acquaintance or a business relationship. And I felt that, had that been there, it would have given me something to connect with and follow as an ongoi
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
Dec 19, 2011 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
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Tricked 4⭐️

Oberon (the dog, i listen to the books so i dont know how to spell his name) is wonderful and makes the trials and adventure lighter and brings the book back to reality. Even though he is a talking dog, but yeah reality.
Again Atticus is on a mission in a new state and has a new mission to basically save the world.
The Morgan is a sluty, devious, cold killer and Hearne does an amazing job at making the reader like and hate her all at once.
Oct 08, 2012 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, though.

Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, urban-fantasy
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
Kimberley doruyter
he is a trouble magnet
After screwing things up in Asgard, Atticus needs a favour of the Navajo trickster god Coyote. Only it is going to cost him and he only knows half of the bargain before going in.

Not only does he have to produce a mine of gold in the desert where there is none but there are skin walkers out there that need to be taken care of as well. He has to deal with the trickster as well as elemental not budging on the coal mine to be shut down so that the gold mine can open.

He is having to find time to tr
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hammered was brutal and Tricked has our favorite druid cutting ties to his previous home and name thanks to a slew of ancient gods wanting him dead. After Coyote helps him, he is indebted to him and finds himself on an Arizona reservation with Oberon and his apprentice Granuaile.

Coyote is an interesting character and one I have encountered in other novels. He is immortal, and a known trickster. Hearne kept me guessing about his true intentions. This kept me on edge and I wavered back and forth i
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 28, 2013 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 the
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Tricked opens with Atticus’s spectacular death as foreseen by the Morrigan. Her prophesy was actually a deal that Atticus brokered with Coyote in the previous book, something readers/listeners were not privy to at that time. Coyote shifted to look like Atticus and then let the remaining, avenging Norse pantheon kill him, with the help of a few thunder gods. Now Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon must move on, but first Atticus must fulfill his promise to help Coyote move some earth. Well, knowing th ...more
May 06, 2012 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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘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
Dec 27, 2012 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
Jun 24, 2011 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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This installment is a prime example of Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” As soon as Atticus’ deal with the trickster god Coyote was revealed I knew that I was in for a wild ride, especially seeing how both Jesus and The Morigan had forewarned the druid about staying on his current path in HAMMERED. I’m not sure if he believes in karma but this is the novel where O’Sullivan’s luck runs out and comes back to bite him in the butt, rather spectacularly I migh
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Fantasy Medley 3
  • Chosen (Alex Verus, #4)
  • Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)
  • Hidden (Alex Verus, #5)
  • Taken (Alex Verus, #3)
  • Veiled (Alex Verus, #6)
  • Fated (Alex Verus, #1)
  • Burned (Alex Verus, #7)
  • Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16)
  • Bound (Alex Verus, #8)
  • Fallen (Alex Verus, #10)
  • White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
  • Side Jobs (The Dresden Files, #12.5)
See similar books…
Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020. ...more

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)

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our lis...
28 likes · 15 comments
“You, sir," I said, "have all the dignity of a badger with the clap. Shark shit has more fiber than you. I'm going to tie your nuts-first to a monkey's cage and make a mix tape of the resulting noise. Then I'm going to take a bag of marshmallows and a pair of granny panties and-"...

... He didn't want to know what I was going to do with those granny panties. Surprisingly, Granuaile did. "Sensei, what were you going to do with those marshmallows and panties?" she whispered as we walked together. "I mean, I'm sure it had to be dire, but it just didn't sound as threatening as the potential havoc a monkey could wreak on his sack."
"There was more to that recipe," I admitted. "He cut me off before I could get to the Icy Hot and the gopher snake.”
“I've often been flabbergasted by modern pharmaceutical ads on television. The list of side effects for some maladies often sound worse than the condition they're supposed to treat. Once I even heard "heart failure" listed as a side effect, and I wondered how that happened. Heart failure sounds like a pretty major event to me, and if you're willing to risk heart failure in order to avoid the mild discomfort of some other condition, then may the gods shield you from harm, since you're obviously seeking it out.” 28 likes
More quotes…