To me, Summer Knight is easily the best of the first four books in the Dresden Files series. The first three were good, but this is the book that has me excited to continue with the series.
This is book #7 in the series and it continues to keep my interest. I think if it were presented simply as a "Monster of the Week" type book, these would get tiring quickly. However, Jim Butcher adds depth and interest to Dresden's relationships with other people, non-people, and organizations. Sure, fighting vampires and trolls is fun to read about, but the relationships Harry develops and learning more about Harry and his band of acquaintances is what keeps me interested in the series.
This is a very good story with an excellent reader. The first few audible books in the Dresden Series were hampered by too much extraneous noise by the reader, such as swallowing and mouth noises. Thankfully, I have not noticed this in the last few books.
Rather than relating just another Dresden story, in Death Masks, the relationships mature and the overall story line and world become more rich and interesting. I already have #6 downloaded and ready to go.
Entertaining, fast-paced, and fun.
The reader, George Newbern, was excellent.
This is the first Tad Williams novel that I've read since the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. That series and this book are worth your time. Can't wait for the next installment in the series.
I recommend this to all readers who enjoy Brandon Sanderson's work. Unlike the majority of his work, Legion is short contemporary fantasy. If you have never read any of his other works, this may be a good "bite-sized" portion to help you determine if you like his style. However, be warned that his other major novels are much longer and not set in contemporary times.
I liked the manner in which the "multiple personages" were handled. Rather than a story about a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), Sanderson uses visual and auditory hallucinations to make the personalities "real" and distinct characters.
The reader, Oliver Wyman, is able to imbue the various personalities with distinct voices which aids the listener in keeping them separate.
My only complaint is that it was too short! I believe that there is enough material to make a longer novel or maybe a series. Psychologically, Legion is an interesting and deep character and the interactions between and among Legion and his personas make it fun and interesting.
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