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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

Named a Best Book of the Year by CBC Books and the Globe and Mail 

In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden Robinson delivers an explosive, surprising and satisfying resolution to the story.

All Jared Martin had ever wanted was to be normal, which was already hard enough when he had to cope with Maggie, his hard-partying, gun-toting, literal witch of a mother, Indigenous teen life and his own addictions. When he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat, some of the people he loves - the ones who don't see the magic he attracts - just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. The truth for Jared is so much worse. 

He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his bio dad Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster too, a shapeshifter with a free pass to other dimensions. Sarah, his ex, is happy he's a magical being, but everyone else he loves is either pissed with him, or in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed, or both. The scariest of those dark forces is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down. 

Even though his mother resents like hell that Jared has taken after his dad, she is also determined that no one is going to hurt her son. For Maggie it's simple - Kill or be killed, bucko. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war - a horrifying place to be for the universe's sweetest Trickster, whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world a kinder, safer, place.

©2021 Penguin Random House Canada (P)2021 Knopf Canada

What the critics say

Number one national best seller

“[P]ure enjoyment.... Robinson manages to skillfully pull off a series that accomplishes a whole number of things at the same time: this novel - and the trilogy as a whole - is a thrilling, magic-realist adventure story; a compelling domestic novel that explores the various kinds of family...a grim ride into sadistic darkness...and wickedly funny, hard-edged and sardonic, tender and emotionally true.” (Toronto Star)  

“[E]pic and exhilarating.... Return of the Trickster offers a surreal escape into a familiar but fantastical world...keep[ing] up a steady rhythm of suspense and danger, building towards an inevitable and satisfying showdown.... Never a minimalist storyteller, Robinson takes a stacked cast of supernatural characters with dizzying intergenerational grudges and adds a few more...never abandon[ing] her sense of humor.” (Vancouver Sun

“[Return of the Trickster] gleefully revs into supernatural and psychedelic action and keeps up that pace through to its giddy final battle.... Robinson’s voice is like no other...[with her] dry humor and penchant for delivering an outrageous detail as a comic aside.... [U]nmistakable.” (Quill & Quire

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Ended not with a bang, but with Aunt Irma

To start, changing the narrator on the last book was jarring. I had restart it several times to get used to a different voice. Even then, this narrator was quite monotonal and characters sounded a lot alike, compounded by how there were a ton more characters. She probably didn't have a lot of time to find a voice for each.
Looking at the trilogy as a whole, Jared is a weak protagonist, which was fine in the first two books, but he just gets worse in the third. I really don't want to read about a guy who does nothing with no agency. She drains his powers, gags him, and effectively makes him menstrate on top of it. Everything interesting happening was with other characters elsewhere while we were stuck babysitting.
Then these last two books were rittled with so much pop sci-fi fandom. I am a fan of such series, but I don't want to read a book about blog posts on them. I wouldn't have been surprised if she wrote in William Shatner advertising Tang.
The series was a good idea, the plot was good when not buried under the sniveling and nerdgasms. And then the ending, while the fight was satisfying, then the epilogue just tells you everything we should've seen. Even though the ending was a little vague, I liked Monkey Beach a lot more

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Read the trilogy - must read

Amazing!!! The ending was awesome. Loved every minute of this book.
The narrator was different from the first 2 - at first I was t sure but the narrator did this book justice.

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liked the other narrator but this was great too

Darker and more menacing narration and story. The complexity of peoples' motivations and personalities in lives affected by addiction and generations of trauma superbly nuanced by an amazingly skilled writer. Will read anything and everything by Eden Robinson

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Great ending to the trilogy

I really liked all three books in this trilogy, but I think this one was my favourite. The consistent action and character development really drew me in. 100% recommend.

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A ride

This trilogy is just good on every level. The writing is terrific the story is a story and is funny and serious.

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Epic end to this ride

it started a little slow picked up and was a great ride till the finish

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enthralling series.

I absolutely adored this series. it was exciting and emotional and just wonderfully magical. I cannot encourage you more to read these novels. absolutely beautiful.

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LOVE the trilogy

I LOVE the magic realism in this entire trilogy, and the finale did not disappoint. No spoilers, but Eden Robinson gives the reader optimistic closure so all your questions about your favorite characters are answered.

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phew!

I really enjoyed this. if you love graphic visuals, vividly written you'll love this.

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As good as the first two

It wraps everything up nicely. but they changed narrators, and it really lessened the rread for me. the new narrator is good, but not as good as the one for the first 2 books.