Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!
Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"
I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?
Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!
James Marsters performs the story, the pauses, voice inflection, makes Harry and the story come alive.
It is great to have Harry back. I didn't realize how much I missed Harry and James Marsters performance until I started listening to this book. It was like meeting old friends again and yet there were many unexpecte twists. I can't wait for the next book.
Just a guy that likes a good story.
Marsters is back hell yeah!
Molly, because she is always awesome.
When Harry was at the Winter Ball and killed the Nobles. Hands down, so awesome
Butcher is a genius story teller! With Marsters readin/acting it is a match made in heaven. I cannot recommend this series enough!
one of my absolute favorites. Dresden is awesome, fun and serious.
Marsters reading. Wish he read more stuff.
Early in the book "vagazill"
but it all was great.
hell froze over
nope... just read or listen... or BOTH!
First and foremost it is important to note that Jim Marsters is back. All readers should be grateful to the girls at Buzzy Multimedia for the initial pairing of writer and narrator. Jim Butcher reads well in print but Marsters make good into magic.
The forethought, just plain good planning, is as much a surprise and satisfaction as the actual plot in this book. The intricate weaving and revelations read like an author's sweetness to loyal readers. One feels cared about and gifted with an author's personal interest in how readers share his skill. Well, I like his showy intelligence and the poetry of his weaving through his own work to tag my memory and interest was fun to understand. This book will change all kinds of relationships and is probably essential reading for the books that follow. It is a good story on its own but there is no reason to think readers would choose just one Jim Butcher story, especially when Jim Marsters reads it to us. This book makes the 4th book essential reading or rereading. That book was so much fun that it was my favorite. There is so much maturity as a writer and storyteller in this book that I would be hard pressed to choose. I do not have to choose. I have them both and I highly recommend the experience to others.
Say something about yourself!
Harry can't help being heroic and the 14th tale has him caught in character-ripping internal conflicts at the same time he has to fight external horrors without even a shield bracelet and blasting rod. Well that's what you get for sucking up to Maab and beating up Santa.
James Marster's narration needs a new word between compelling and propelling...whatever you call it, it's a 5-star E-ticket ride.
Best part was the team of Murphy & Harry attacking the Barge on Lake Michigan on the Tiger HarleyDavidson: that I want to see in the movie. Serious amounts of Mexican Wobble-weed must have gone into structuring that battle.
Toot-toot was bad to the bone and I wish we had gotten Molly more centrally involved..
Yarn beautifully spun. Skill of the performance added drama and suspense w/o distraction.
Hated that Harry and Murphy stayed 'friends' but the real heros never get the girl, especially if they're from Chicago.
The long time waited while this was being crafted justified the wait. Bravo
Thank you Jim Butcher and James Marsters (and Audible for bringing back James to narrate)! This books give us fans exactly what we want....more. It is amazing that the story goes on just as exciting and witty as it has always been. I'm ready for the next one!
Fiction, black coffee, and guitar--yes, please
This is the type of series that endures, and James Marsters brings that series to life like no other.
Book 13 was pretty disappointing especially with the narrator, he did try but to no avail he is no James Marsters; who has brought a new level of depth to the epic story of Dresden. The book feels familiar with previous Dresden Books and in my opinion that's a good thing. I like the sense of understanding/finding a revelation as Dresden does and the story did have that which was nice. I am a bit concerned though I feel Jim Butcher is moving slowly away from Urban Fantasy and moving this more and more into High Fantasy which I am not sure I'd like so much but I understand as the character needs to further develop. Overall I am happy with this book, even though the author does explain a lot more of the secrets of the past books I still feel like I didn't get enough secrets and want to know more but I'm sure that's a good thing for an author as I know I will definitely but the next dresden book. :P