This was an amazing episode of The Dresden Files. The series has been building to this point. It's going to allow a major reboot of the series, in many ways. I don't think that every story needs to get "bigger" than the ones before, but a big story can be even more fun, and this one definitely was!
Dresden Files are always wonderful books with stories wonderfully narrated by James Marsters. His emotion in humor and anger and sadness is amazing for every character he voices. You know who is speaking in the story when he speaks for them. He puts more imagination into the imaginative story than I coild ever manage by reading a book myself. The story is certainly full of surprising changes.
Will not get into spoilers here but this book takes the series and turns it on its head. I laughed and cried. Smiled and mourned. James' acting is top notch. Jim has progressed as an author. The cast is huge and well realized.
I have been hooked into these stories and they are wonderful. Have listened to them straight, back-to-back, for over 175 hours now and I'm even more impatient for the next!! Please do NOT ever change the narrator, because anyone else would be a poor-er choice...
This book is aptly titled, and it holds a lot of gems (assuming you are reading the series chronologically, and are familiar with all the characters, pieces, n parts). I really enjoyed it. It was damn near literally non-stop action throughout the whole novel, only letting you relax for long enough that your nerves would be settled and ready the next jolt of awesomeness..
I personally love the Dresden Files. This book puts some of the stories together and fills in the gaps on others. Great job on the writing and the narration.
This was my first Dresden novel, first read five years ago. I just re-listened to it. This is #12 in the series, and I liked it so much I read backwards and then started at the beginning of the series. This story has cameos/explanations/dialogues that wrap up most of the best of the previous books. But as important, even if you are wholly unfamiliar with the main character and his environment, it doesn't matter and doesn't detract from the story. All of the main and supporting characters of the series (excepting the Denarians, Lara Wraith, and Demonreach) show up and to effect in this story. The dialogue is heroic and epic, with noble sentiment, but also with the fun that I like and expect from these novels. (For instance, when Leia asks Mouse how Harry won him, he responds, "He didn't, I won him.") The plot is marvelous - rescuing Harry's previously unknown daughter from vampires, culminating in a final battle in the Yucatan where he 'meets' his grandfather and with a denouement that is absolutely mind blowing. Just right to jump right into the next book, Ghost Story. I loved this story the first time, and loved it more while listening to it the second time.