the strength of the worldbuilding and Marsters voice work is overshadowed by the overwhelmimg stupidity of the main character. Dresden's always had the tendency to fight when he should talk, talk when he should run, and run when he should fight, but in this book he takes every opportunity to get kicked around by literally everyone. The only people who didn't kick him around were the ones who saved him from being kicked around. I understand the authors desire not to have Harry coming back from the dead and being Superman awesome, but geeze, you could have given him something? I mean the first part of the book is more or less a Rocky training montage and we know Dresdan as a powerful white wizard, warden, and the Winter Knight.
Unsatisfying is probably the best way to put it. After Harry's shock death, his time as a ghost, being back 'alive' should have been bigger and better, his return shouldn't have been so underwhelming.
The only saving grace is the strong worldbuilding - we learn more about Mab, the fae and the Outsiders than ever before.
Loved the story. James Marsters is the perfect narrator. Getting ready to start the next one.
James Masters brings this world to life - from the world weary Dresden to the slinky Lady to the laugh-out-loud Toots and his troops..his inflection fully animates the written word. This is my favorite Dresden book, so far. I love the descriptions...a take on bedazzled that still makes me laugh. The story moves quickly and is so enjoyable you want to listen again and again.
I definitely enjoyed the books more prior to Dresden's "death." It's still a fun story and the character development is fascinating. James Marsters' performance is top notch!