Dresden in the earlier books uses simple spells to track individuals and find lost items. Yet in book 7, he fails to consider anyone applying the same trick to him. Rather than using his friends, the Alphas or the Knights, to protect the medical examiner. He keeps him near himself. Why doesn't he use his "Sight" more? Or keep his dog "Mouse" with him to sense traps or ambushes? It's as if he has begun to trust in luck. As a result, he is manipulated throughout.
Throughout the book he is committed to giving the most dangerous magic book collection of all time to one of the worst baddies... Surely Murphy wouldn't approve. Why not consider an alternate solution? Finally, the incapacitation of the wardens so that Dresden must be the one to take on the Necromancer gang is a stretch. Fantasy is great. But it's better when the characters ring true.
If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like a Victorian woodland manor with a roaring fire in the hearth and and endless supply of books.
Very near the top
Dresden is such a fun character and in this book he becomes even more so.
Bob the skull.
Life is a journey, time is a river and the door is ajar. Best Dresden novel so far.
I heard these stories in bits and pieces on satellitie radio. When I first started listening to them downloaded to my device I can't get enough. James Marsters really makes you feel like you are there and it is real.If you love scifi and magic this series is great. Even if you don't it's funny serius and sometimes sad. Listen I don't think you will be dissapointed.
It was just a fun listen
He made you feel like you were there
The twist at the end was priceless but so Harry Dresden.
Mouse with Carlos Ramirez clinching the fave guest character. Mouse always seemed to know what to do and who to like and not like. Makes you wonder if he is more than just a mutt. Ramirez was fun to hear, loved the accent the reader gave to him.
Stones and bones, here comes Harry again.
All was well except for two seconds in the second part that was all jumbled up and unlistenable.
I find myself driving slower than the speed limit just to maximize my listening time. These books just keep getting better and better. James Marsters does a great job on all the voices and the storyline is very engaging. Thanks Jim Butcher!
In my opinion, this is the best Dresden book to date. I loved the story line and the dark and slippery slope that Harry seems to find himself on gets a bit more slippery. I also liked how Harry gets more entwined with the White Council's comings and goings.
One thing that didn't make sense to me, although I guess it ultimately went toward further defining his relationship with Murphy, was the inclusion of Marvra. Maybe Butcher is setting up future plot lines.
Marsters narration of this book was much much better than Book 5, and better than Book 6. He seems to be settling in to the role. He's still not my favorite narrator, but he did better this time around.
What fun to return to this entry in the Dresden Files. This was the first of the series I read years ago. Since converting to Audible I've been waiting for the Master's version to be released. Finally it has been and it's infinitely better than the auto-voiced version floating around out there.
Anyway, this story takes our hero into deeper water than ever before. It sets up many of the more interesting themes and relationships that Harry will wrestle with for the next handful of books.
Plus it's just a fun romp!
Well damn if this wasn't full of surprises... A few predictable turns of the tide, the build up to the conflict following Butcher's usual formula, but a few good twists in there. And a few great characters. I particularly like Butters and Ramirez. Hell of a showdown. Probably the most memorable yet, in the series, thanks to Sue.
I don't handle zombies well, frankly they freak me out. The typical zombies of today's craze especially, but I was not as troubled by this rendition - truer to what my concept of what an actual zombie is, a reanimated corpse controlled by black magic to be a mindless minion, rather than the popularized pathogen-based or brains-focused versions. But I do not handle snakes well, ever, and had a rough moment when they came into play. Also, thank god for Mouse, the most wonderful canine companion (and perfectly suited to help Harry) you could ever hope for. Satisfying wrap-up, too; it had had me worried, with so many pieces to draw closed (though a few are not covered until future books, it seems). With the events culminating in the wider world beyond Chicago, I can't imagine what the next installment will bring for Harry and the magical world, but I'm certainly glad for his new allies in the fight.
Great narration by Marsters, as always. His performances in this series are fabulous.
In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.
ok, I love the series but this deserves 4 stars because after the "big reveal" of what the numbers mean, the BIGGEST mystery of the book mind you, my brain stopped working. The sheer stupidity of the characters/author in that plot point were just unforgivable. So many good things in the book and series so far but I can never list Butcher among my favorite authors because of small things that consistently irk me, lapses in common sense, etc.
Still worth the credit and I'll keep reading the series, just had to get that off my chest.
I have listened to over 7 of these books and I must say that each time it takes me a few chapters to relax and enjoy the story as the overall story is very corny - about a predictable hero, modest yet highly skilled and brave tho he never admits it - self depreciating constantly.
However despite this I will continue to buy these addictive books and listen to the wonderful performance of James Marsters.