...and he's just wild about MAGIC! All of the Dresden file books have a thread of continuity, referring to previous stories and characters. But each book stands on its own, with enough flash back and referent allusions to inform the reader without overburdening the flow. In Summer Knight you learn more about the composition of the Faerie Courts and the concept of debt, meet new/old characters, and learn his new title bestowed by the pixies. James Marsters does a masterful job of creating all the voices and keeping them straight. Since language is music to my ears,and he does mispronounce a few words, I gave James 4 stars instead of 5(because I can't give a 4-3/4!). All in all, if you like magic, and an improbable-but-game hero of a wizard with dogged persistence and determination and the mind of a gumshoe, try the Dresden files.
Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer
This is such a fun series, and the narrator is perfect for these books. I find myself being drawn in and not wanting to stop listening.
Yes, I really liked the story and I think James Marsters does an exceptional job.
The plot was well written with enough twists and turns to keep you wondering what's around the next bend. It's easy to lose yourself in these books.
To me, Summer Knight is easily the best of the first four books in the Dresden Files series. The first three were good, but this is the book that has me excited to continue with the series.
The first 2 books were decent but not great. Books 3 and 4 are very good, almost great.
This book keeps you listening. The plot is complex with many new characters so you have to pay close attention. Some of the old characters are better written, particularly Murphy. I actually liked her in this book. She was super annoying if the previous books.
I'm already looking forward to the next one. Hopefully they will keep getting better.
Bibliophile, yogi wanna be, makeup loving housewife!
Detailed, action-packed and funny.
I think the fairies! They were described in great detail.
His voice brings the characters life, depth and personality. His character/accent work is superb.
You'll neve look at vampires, fairies or dragons the same.
The first three had a bit too much cheese for me. Situations were too convenient, plots were too predictable. You can tell that, at this point, Jim Butcher REALLY starts having fun with his main character and the world(s?) he's created for him.
My wife, a huge Butcher fan, urged me to keep reading ("It gets better! Really!"), and I'm glad I did.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
Let me start by saying that Grave Peril, the third book in the series, was incredible. It added new depth to the story and characters, but also left Harry in a vulnerable and unenviable position.
As a result, Summer Knight starts well into a period of desperation and depression for Harry, but he soon finds that is the least of his concerns when he ends up thrown into a war between Summer and Winter, testing his ingenuity and his mettle.
Despite the fact that Grave Peril was amazing, Summer Knight was easily its equal. In this novel, we saw new dimension of Harry, one that was forced to deal with failure and it made him all the more human. We also saw Harry grow and learn to deal with new challenges, both magical and emotional.
And, as usual, the novel it littered interesting characters. I was particularly glad to see more of Billy (the werewolf), but I also enjoyed the reappearance of Toot-toot and his band of fairy warriors.
If nothing else, listening to these novels has made my commute to work far more enjoyable. But seriously, if you like Urban Fantasy at all, you need to check this series out. Well worth your time.
Wow, that's hardcore.
Harry of course, he is just awesome in every way.
The first few books I was a bit iffy about Marster's performance, but at this point it is really growing on me and I can't help but hearing Marster's voice as Harry's voice in my head.
Yes, SPOILER: towards then end when the girl chose the fae sider to protect her friends.
Great book, great audio book. Can't wait to keep on listening to the series. I read all the books but they feel so fresh and there is a whole new feeling listening to them.
Yes because I look forward to listening to James read another good one!
A voice for Harry that is not my own.
A definite recomend and great story for anyone looking for a great series to devote their time to!