If you have listened to these books in order as I have, you won't be disappointed. It's another winner for Jim Butcher's writing skills and James Marsters excellent narration, bringing this cast of characters to life. This one is like 'ol home week', as a whole cast of familiar characters gather for a showdown of sorts. New alliances are made, and Harry gets freed from old ones. Thomas almost has a leading role in this story, as he comes under suspicion for multiple murders, which made the book even better, since Thomas next to Harry is my personal favorite. It's jam packed with action from the wizards, vampires, and ghouls in a fight for top spot in the supernatural world.
The pacing in these books is very similar, there is a lot of great action with a little bit of character building in each one to keep them growing. I really appreciate that about this series, none of the characters have become stale for me and I am still interested in each character’s life and want to see how they evolve.
The only thing getting on my nerves the number of times the basics are explained and re-explained in the books. I understand that it is important for each book to be accessible to a new reader who has not read the previous books, but does the entire system for how magic works really need to be explained in great detail in every book?
Student at Canadian University College
It's missing some thing, but it adds to the overall story of the series.
Harry, because the series is from his perspective.
The scene at the end where he finds out what his brother has been doing. Or when the go blasting out of the tunnel like a cannonball.
Hero, teacher, lover, fighter.
I enjoyed this book, listened to it over a period of about a month or so. Easy to follow, and enjoyable.
The story line in this book is great. I love the continued inclusion of the White Court and Marcone and how Harry gets deeper and deeper with both. Treachery in the White Council? Hmmm, me smells trouble in Harry's future. Butcher continues to peel layers back from Harry and it just gets better and better the deeper we go.
Yes, I plan to listen to it again in a couple days while lacing a tree. It was exciting and tense. He develops the characters, plot and suspense. So worth it! He doesn't leave gaps and wholes. After listening to other authors I appreciate that immensely.
Harry, Murphy, and Thomas. Mouse is great too. Elaine was intriguing.
He is 5 star or more. He makes the book and all characters. I probably wouldn't even finish the book with out him because he nails it.
I felt touched a few times. He evokes laughs, tears, personal investment.
Baltimore book lover
In this book, Harry spends some time with the vampires of the white court which means there is some sex going on. Not that their's anything wrong with that. There is a bit more creeping around and investigating and less magical smack-downs which is a nice change of pace. Harry's sarcastic come backs in the face of an enemy feel a little forced sometimes, since he isn't so snarky the rest of the time. Small complaints about an otherwise outstanding entry in the Dresden files. My only warning is that if a persepctive reader/listener hasn't read other Dresden books, don't start here.
I love the Dresden books & was pleased to find them on audio. I am wondering why they're being released in reverse order though.
Also, you will find two spots at the end of ch 1 and the middle of 2 where the audio skips. It's confusing if you haven't read the books. Here is what's missing
1) Harry finds the Bible verse 'suffer not a witch to live' written in a magical nature, obviously meant for him to find.
2) Molly has hidden herself under a veil and has followed Harry & Murphy to the crime scene. Murphy catches her.
What saved this one (like others in the series) for me was the supporting cast. Murph, Mouse and Bob of course and I especially enjoyed Elaine and Lash's parts. The narration was 5+ stars as I have come to expect. The story here is that between the explanation (and re-explanation) of how magic works and the endless double crossing your brain gets scrambled. Not that I need an "easier" read but who is the bad guy(s) again?