The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.
©2002 Jim Butcher; (P)2006 Buzzy Multimedia
I have loved all these books so far, but this one was somewhat confusing for me to follow.
It introduced so many new characters that I had a hard time keeping track of who they were, and they all seemed to have several different names tied to them, as in changing forms, or titles. It's an epic type of book, a huge war looming, with lots of characters taking up sides, along with trying to get a full prospective on what the war is all about. It's very fast paced, and you have to listen intently to get all the details.
As usual James Marsters, makes the book worth listening to. I love his narration (slurps, sighs, and all) and I will go on, to listen to more of this series.
I enjoy these stories, and I love James Marsters' reading voice, but I am frustrated that, now having gotten into the series, I can't get the next books in the series. Since there is a story line from book to book, I refuse to download book 8 until I've read the books I can't listen to here.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Harry is in the middle of it again, this time he has it coming at him from all sides. The White Council is considering turning him over to the Vampire Council for a fire storm massacre, that Harry used, to save he and his cohorts in the last book. Mavv the head Winter Fairy is calling in a favor that Harry owes her, which is complicated, and not at all helping his case with the White Council. Susan, his estranged girlfriend, may become a Vampire at any moment, because of a situation that Harry feels guilty for putting her in. All in all a typical day in Harry's Dresden's wizarding life.
Harry turns to the only ones that will help him and the only ones he can trust, his police officer friend Murphy and a pack of young, but formidable werewolves. My favorite character, Bob, just had a brief cameo, but there is a fun appearance by the crazy fairies who love pizza. The Dresden files are great, paranormal, fun reads that are always amusing adventures. Starting at the beginning of the series is essential in order to understand Harry's complicated, discombobulated life.
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Usually by book four in a series, things are starting to get repetitive, predictable, and dull. Not so here. Butcher’s world and relationships continue to expand in new ways. Harry and his friends are continually entertaining. Bring on book five!
Superb audio narration by James Marsters!
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Harry Dresden, Wizard Extraordinaire and Private Investigator is in the dumps because his girlfriend has left town to deal with the after effects of being bitten by a Red Court vampire. He needs to get his act together because he needs money for rent and everyday living, but instead the Winter Queen walks into his office and offers him a job he can’t refuse. He has to find the real killer of the Summer Queen’s Summer Knight and clear her name or the two Faerie Courts will go to war. In exchange for doing this one little (yeah, right) thing for her she will grant the White Council passage through her realm while they fight their own war with the Red Court. Oh, and she has taken over his debt to his godmother which means he now owes Mab the debt. Harry has to find a killer, prevent a war that would destroy most of mankind, win safe passage for the White Council and pay off his new debt with the Winter Queen. All in a days work for Chicago’s only wizard.
A: my 16-yr-old daughter
T: my 14-yr-old son
K: my 13-yr-old son
This series continues to entertain the kids (and me). We all love Harry. The humor is a big hit still, the magic is always interesting and the mystery keeps us guessing.
Many favorite characters are back such as Bob, Murphy, the Alphas, Thomas, Michael and Toot-Toot. In addition to meeting many of the Fae and some Changelings we met Elaine, Harry’s very first love and who he thought was dead. Surprise! We also got to meet many of the White Council and more importantly the wizards of the Senior Council including Ebenezer McCoy who took Harry in when he was a teenager and was his mentor.
Everyone liked the battle with the troll and the Chlorofiend at Walmart and it was unanimous that the big battle at the end was awesome. Everyone enjoyed all of the information pertaining to the Faerie Courts. They did not like many of the Fae, but then who does? The loved meeting the Senior Council. They were very surprised at who killed the Summer Knight.
Favorite quote: “I stretched out my hand, adrenaline and pain giving me plenty of fuel for the magic, and called, 'Ventas servitas!' Wind leapt out in a sudden spurt, seizing the Unraveling and tearing it from Aurora's fingers, sending it spinning through the air toward me. I caught it, stuck my tongue out at Aurora, yelled, 'Meep, meep!' and ran like hell.”
Narration: Marsters is improving as the series goes along. He’s done a much better job in this one than in previous ones though his pronunciations sometimes aren’t quite right.
You try and try to have a normal life as the only "Wizard" in the yellow pages trying to make your rent, But when the Queens of Faerie take notice of you it just make your life a whole other shade of complicated.
Addicted to audio-books.
I love this series - they couldn't have picked a better narrator - Marsters is perfect.
If you've made it this far into the Dresden series, you already know how great it is. (And I'd opine that Book 4 tops the initial trilogy.) I had read the first three in paperback, however, and this was my first time hearing James Marsters narrate.
His performance was nothing short of fantastic.
Having heard more than a few audio book performances to date, it is abundantly clear that Marsters timing and understanding of the work outclass his contemporaries. He is the benchmark others should be gauged against, and he brought this book *vividly* to life.
I never thought I'd love a series about a magician. This series is so fun, yet so interesting I can't get enough of them. I suggest reading them in order though as the characters are developed along the way. Even if you don't you'll love the book any way. More more!
I read and write for a living and I also commute, so listening to books is a real gift for me. I love a good narrator and good sci-fy
Dresden is a wonderful character that the author peels like an onion. Dresden takes on all his trials and tribulations as a modern day wizard with realism and a dry, witty sense of humor. Jim Butcher allows us to feel everything that happens to Dresden along with how he mentally deals with his situations, bringing up issues of rage, love, power and helplessness in a wonderful mix that keeps me coming back to this series. Dresden feels like an old friend, good job Jim Butcher!
"Really takes the character on"
Marsters is great in this book, speaks as if he's genuinely Harry Dresden, I almost see Dresden as him now. Very emotional in this one and of course the book is great, Butcher adds a few new characters in this one & it adds another dimension to the series, of course he brings a few old ones in too to continue some of the other interests & story lines.
"A good listen"
Not the best in the Harry Dresden series but still good and well read by James Marsters. He does a good job of giving voice to the world weary wizard. If you haven't read any other Dresden books then I don't recommend starting here. Best to start at the beginning with Fool Moon.
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