Tricked (Book 4 of The Iron Druid Chronicles) is a chance for the reader to catch his breath. Book 3 ended with an epic battle up in Asgard against the Norse gods, with Atticus barely escaping with his life. Now that he’s proven he is capable of killing a god, and bringing the battle to multiple planes of reality, he’s at the top of the magical most wanted list. And so, he fakes his death (twice, actually) in order to keep the gods off his trail. But before Atticus can settle down in obscurity to train his new apprentice, he must take care of a bunch of loose ends. One of those is to return a favor owed to a trickster Navajo god, and naturally he gets far more than he bargained for.
While this book’s plot isn’t as epic in narrative as some of the others, there is still plenty of action and entertainment. Atticus continue to use his magical skill set creatively to escape some tight situations and battle some dangerous monsters. Book 5 is when the wider scope narrative hit the fan, so this is the calm before the storm.