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Return of the Trickster

A novel by Eden Robinson.

Eden Robinson

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. (From Knopf Canada)

Return of the Trickster is available in March 2021.

Eden Robinson is an award-winning writer from Kitamaat, B.C. She is also the author of the novels Monkey Beach, Son of a Trickster and Trickster DriftReturn of the Trickster completes the Trickster trilogy. Son of a Trickster was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was championed on Canada Reads 2020 by actor Kaniehtiio Horn.

Interviews with Eden Robinson

Haisla and Heilsuk author Eden Robinson talks about writing her second novel in a trilogy, Trickster Drift, and what she had to overcome to get here. 32:51
Tricksters and teenage angst are the focus of our new Indigenous Reads choice. Our radio book club that invites you to read along to Indigneous books. Son of a Trickster is the latest novel by Eden Robinson. 12:17
Eden talks about her novel "Son of a Trickster." 16:49
Haisla and Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson's latest novel uses the power of magic to reveal truths about addiction and community. 9:14
Eden Robinson talks to CBC Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre about her novel Son of a Trickster, which will be defended by Kaniehtiio Horn on Canada Reads 2020. 7:17

Kaniehtiio Horn & Eden Robinson discuss Son of a Trickster

CBC Books

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Letterkenny actress Kaniehtiio Horn will defend Eden Robinson's novel Son of a Trickster on Canada Reads 2020. Ahead of the debates, the actor and author chatted about what really lies at the heart of the award-winning supernatural novel. 5:18

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