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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

Critic Reviews

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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