I liked the fact that there were parallel stories that affected each other but were not necessarily intertwined. (Real life example, the Norman conquest of England and the Saxons was greatly enhanced by the fact that the Saxons had just defeated a Norwegian invasion. The dead king of Norway wasn't trying to help Norman conquer England, but he weakend the Saxon's enough.
I got started on this series by accident when I was looking for reading material and saw the first book on sale on audible. Through the first three books, I'm glad I got started. The series has been great and diverse. Dresden is not just facing the same monster each time. There is also more attempt to explain the monster's motivations than in most fantasy series.
Not every book in a series is going to be as good as the others. This one was lacking and I kept waiting for it to shape up, but . . . nada.
I'll probably get Book 4 later, but will try another author for now . . .
I liked the character of Harry Dresden and James Marsters does an excellent job of narration, but the endless battles and setbacks became boring. The second half of the book had little character development or interesting dialogue, just endless crises. I gave up listening and checked the book out of the library so I could skim it.
Storm Front and Fool Moon were both good, but this one really kicks the series into high gear. We are introduced to a few new important characters and we see that there is going to be real, substantive change/growth in the characters over time. Butcher manages to make us care about the characters and then threatens the hell out of them in this novel (and the ones that come after). Marsters, as always, is superb.
Book waste no time getting started. The third book in the series it assumes you know the main character so it skips the standard slow introduction and gets right into the mix.
Continues the detective Noir style where the detective is a wizard. This is a modern vampire tale with touches of angels, demons and a devious fairy godmother. The previous books only hinted at what Harry Dresden could do, here we get to see him fully use his power and the consequences.
More political intrigue, more powerful magic, more pain, more self-doubt and daunting moral decisions. Switching some of the side characters keeping it fresh. Several series changing twists and no easy dilemmas with no easy solutions
It was a bit jarring at times as the protagonist refers to previous cases the reader has and has not been a part of in previous books. Overall a good and fresh addition to an excellent series.
Yes, he is only getting better as the series goes on!
Jim Butcher always makes me laugh. It was touching when he finally found Susan
I stated in my review of the second book, Fool Moon, that the foundation was being built. Well, in this book, the frame of the series is built here. He introduces many of the major players in his series and even some foreshadowing. I never picked up on those things the first time listening to this series. I'm really enjoying listening to this series a second time. Even better!
Yes. This is the book where the series starts to plant the seeds that make up most of what goes on for the next eleven books. And seeing how much Jim Butcher really had planned for the story is amazing once hindsight kicks in.
Michael Carpenter. Until now, we've had Harry on his own taking a minimal amount of help from friends, and now we're thrown into seeing him work side by side with "The Fist of God." Though Thomas is my favorite character, Michael is a great character, showing a character steeped greatly in Christianity without being annoying or meek, instead he is a warrior who fights as it is a part of his beliefs and to make sure that his family is some from the more wicked things that exist in Chicago.
Thomas. I think Marsters previous role as Spike on "Buffy" gave him an insight that made it easy for him to give voice to a snarky, pretty boy (because honestly, Spike > Angel), vampire that becomes a great support role to the main character.
Listening to it again, I was amazed by how many building blocks are put into place in this book that are really significant. Obviously anyone that knows this book's story knows the biggest points, but just some of the characters or casual mentions of parts of the magical world that happen here are amazing once you go through the story again.
I love the Dresden Files series, but I can admit that the first two books are rough. Marsters doesn't seem to have a connection with the story that I think really starts here and only continues to grow as he really becomes the voice of Harry Dresden. If the first two books didn't live up to the reputation that other fans of the series have given it, this book should do the trick. If not, just wait until "Dead Beat" and you'll certainly be sold.
This is more along the lines of what I was expecting when my friends ranted about the Dresden files. Less repetitiveness, less whiny cops (which is a real pet peeve of mine), less poor little ol me. Finally in this book we are beginning to see Dresden grow and wake up not as much as I would like, but you can see it. You learn more and more about him, as well as the world of magic that is around us, and not just the little tidbits Dresden is willing to share, but the world really becomes alive in this book. Not to mention there is less of the cop (sorry I still really don't like her) and new characters are added, that leave you wanting to hear and see more of them, old characters are detailed out instead of being 2 dimension stick figures propped up in the story, you really see them grow as well and become part of the story and the world and a real and viable threat. It is my sincere hope the series continues this positive progress forward. I am not actually looking forward to book 4. though I am still not fully invested in Dresden himself, I am more invested in the world around him.
I've loved the whole series...books one, two, and three. Eager to dive into book #4. Jim Butcher is an incredibly talented writer...and James Marsters does an outstanding job performing. I'm completely sold on this series, and highly recommend them to all fans of fantasy, suspense, mystery, and more. Very, very well done. Butcher does the most amazing job creating the world Harry Dresden lives in....and I'm only tickled PINK that the series is long and I have so many more to enjoy.
I loved the Dresden books from the beginning, but here the characters really are fleshed out and active. Excellent emotional roller coaster, with lots of well described action.