The Summer and Winter Queens are having another strange game of 'cat's paw' and our favorite wizard is stuck in the middle again. Small Favor draws on plot threads from some of the previous novels and sets the table for Turn Coat which follows as book 11. Care is taken to explain plots that carry over from another book, at least briefly, so the book stands on it's own, but read the earlier installments to get the full story.
Jim Butcher seems to have few 'disposable' characters, and they become familliar and develop over the course of several of the books, most involved in over-arching plots that do not detract from the main plot of the novel, but continue to neatly build over time. He does hit the pop-culture references pretty hard in this novel, but that's one of the joys of reading modern fantasy that connects so strongly with it's reader base. I am a RPG playing child of the 80's and can't help but love this series.
This is probably one of the more action packed books, with the billy goats gruff, hobbes,not one but two showdowns with Nicodemus and the Denarians, a non-standard assortment of thugs, the Archive and her Hellhound, the captain of the White Council's Wardens, the Knights of the Cross, the Queen of Air and Darkness, and... a donut. Prithee, with frosting of white, and sprinkles 'pon it.
I came to these books as a fan of the narrator's previous work, and I have not been dissapointed. James Marsters rocks hard as Harry Dresden and the suprising array of character voices he portrays in this series. They come to life in his care and I couldn't imagine anyone else portraying them. The only vocal continuity glitch is the change from the normal "John Marcone" voice of previous installments to the one used for his brief appearances here.
James Marsters is a fabulous narrator. I have really enjoyed the way he performs this series (though the way he pronounces some words makes me giggle now and then).
I just heard about this series a few weeks ago and have been reading/listening to them in every spare moment since.
I was listening to Chapter 13, and right in the middle of a sentence the narration jumps about a page and a half! That's a pretty good chunk that people who don't own the book will miss.
I am really glad that I have the ebook, so I was able to pause the narration and get caught up. I have found missing lines in some of the other books, but nothing like this. It's very disappointing. Hopefully there aren't any more issues like this in the narration/editing.
Butcher surprises and pleases again and again. The longer this series goes the better it gets. I love how Harry is tied into all realms of the supernatural, this time Mab comes a callin. The billy goats gruff are also an awesome addition and we see further and further into Harry's psyche. Kincaid reappears, "gulp" for Murphy and Harry. Awkward! Anastasia Lucio's role in this book is very well done too. Awesome book. Anytime the Fae are involved, how can you go wrong?
I have been listening to audio books for over two years. This will be my first review.
I love the TV series Dresden Files. And the audio book was just as wonderful. Jim Butcher can tell a story and make you want more. He takes the unbelievable and makes it possible, scary. I love Harry, more please.
Great story + amazingly talented narrator = one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Marsters is so versatile that you'll swear it's more than just one narrator. The story is fast paced and riveting. This one is worth a listen. I just wish the entire series was on Audible.
Another excellent addition, but a part of me wants some of the threads tied up. Even though the reviews already point this out, it is worthy to repeat - the narration is among the very best of all audio books.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is my favorite book in the series. The archive features big in this one and the Denarians as well. You also get your first look at Demonreach in this one. A major foreshadowing of things to come. This is a really action packed book. If you don't like this one then something is wrong with you ;)
James Marsters is the absolute best narrator. Love the stories. They keep me wanting much more. We have listened to all the books and just can't wait to start the next one. This book leaves lots of unanswered questions and concerns for those of us who have become invested in the characters. Hope Jim Butcher keeps Harry casting magic for many more adventures.
This is brain candy - but really tasty sophisticated brain candy. While the setting is fantasy, the characters are real enough to care about. Furthermore, Butcher always comes up with a complicated and interesting twist to the motivations driving the plot. James Marsters is an inspired choice for the narrator. His voice for Harry Dresden is suitably hard boiled while his voice for Toot-toot (the fairy) is indescribable. This is a thoroughly enjoyable ride.