This is the first Dresden novel I found more than just mildly entertaining. Butcher's writing is solid, with good pacing, a decent plot, and characters possessing more than just two dimensions. Summer Knight made plowing through the previous three books almost worth it.
I gave a bad review of the audio of books 1-3 because the narrator uses a library voice and whispers too much. In this book he uses a lot more volume and it is much easier to follow along and get into the story. This is one of my favorite book series so I am thrilled the audio is better now!!
I really enjoyed my re-read of this book! I first read this book years ago and liked it then as well but I probably liked it a bit more this time around. This series is up to full speed by the time you get to this book and I just love Harry and the world he lives in. This book was fast paced and really exciting. I actually found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time which made it a really quick listen.
Harry starts the book out in a bad place. Things didn't end well for him in the last book and he has spent months locked away trying to find a solution. Then everything gets really interesting. He realizes that he needs to get back in the world and earn a little money just as he receives a visit from Mab, a Fae Queen. The White Council is in town trying to pin the current war on Harry so he has plenty of things to keep him busy.
I really liked seeing the growth of all of the characters. We have really got a chance to get to know most of the characters well by the time we make it to book four and they have been through a lot. And it shows. Harry wants to keep everyone safe and takes it personally if anyone experiences harm on his watch. Karin opens up to Harry a bit at the beginning of the story but it was really fun watching them fight together later in the story.
I loved the narration! This is a book that I think listening to the audio version is a completely different experience. James Marsters is the perfect choice for this series and really makes Harry come to life. The delivery is perfectly paced with the occasional insertion of a well placed sigh. I really almost felt like I was a part of the story as I listened.
I would recommend this book to others. This is the fourth book in the series and I do think that the series should be read in order since each installment builds on the previous books. I can't wait to start the next book as I work my way through this series for a second time.
Im a fan of the reader, Marsters', inflections and intent with the story delivery. And once again, Butcher captures a modern day Wizards encounters in compelling fashion
Thoroughly hooked on this series, I try to pace myself as to let the book last a few days. The Dresden universe is expanding in wonderful and entirely satisfying ways, I couldn't enjoy it more. These books have comedy, fantasy, mild romance, mystery, a universe to explore, and I feel supreme satisfaction when finishing one. When listening to James Marsters, it feels as though Harry himself is telling me these stories rather than a stranger reading them to me. It sounds like the whole point, but think of your last audio book of a different author, did the narrator sound exactly like you'd pictured the main character? Marsters can do many distinct voices, and manages to read for women without sounding whiney, which is one of my biggest complaints with other audio books (Harry Potter...). This book really opens up the wizard/fae worlds, with different courts, places, characters, species, and powers. You will love it!