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Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 | [Jim Butcher]

Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

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

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "This is one of my favorites in this series."

    I really liked this book. It is one of the best in a series of 14 books. That says it all. I normally hate faeries but the author mnakes them fun and interesting. Lots of plot twists and once you get into the later books you can actually see where elements for the earlier novels fit into the over arching story. If you've read the other books in the series you'll want to read this one too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too epic, but I still like the series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Coventry, CT, USA 11-24-09
    Richard Coventry, CT, USA 11-24-09
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    "Series is good but WHY ARE BOOKS 5-7 MISSING?"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Angela COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 04-22-15
    Angela COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I know I run the risk of public scourge but"

    I can't listen to James Marsters make mouth/swallowing noises again. I don't care how much I love him as an actor or how much I might enjoy the book I can't NOT hear the smacking and saliva noises of his mouth. Ok feel free to rip me a new one I'm good with it. Go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-19-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Dizzy Dresden"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 04-02-14
    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Harry is much beloved in this household"

    *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.

    Guest Reviewers:
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna 02-24-13
    Breanna 02-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fairies don't make your life easy."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-21-12
    Rachelle Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2002

    Addicted to audio-books.

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    "Love this series"

    I love this series - they couldn't have picked a better narrator - Marsters is perfect.

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    JG New York 06-19-12
    JG New York 06-19-12
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    "Great story and *fantastic* performance"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Thompson 05-13-12
    S. Thompson 05-13-12 Member Since 2014

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    "I'm so hooked on this series!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "The best one yet!"

    Story – 5/5

    If you are at books 1 & 2 thinking "this is reasonable, but not sure if I am bothered about continuing" - keep going. The end of book 3 turned the momentum of Dresden up to 11, and book 4 keeps up with that same pace. The world has become even more epic; we are properly introduced to the white wizard council, the winter and summer fae courts, and some characters from Dresden's past. The immortal world is still on the brink of war and Dresden is the unlucky one who always seems to get stuck in the middle.

    As I have already alluded to, there is plenty of action and plot that will keep you hooked from the very get go. Jim Butcher's humour is also prominent again, making me laugh regularly.

    My favourite part of this novel was the addition of a bit of back story; understanding how Dresden got to where he is. I cannot wait for book 5 to learn more.


    Performance – 5/5

    James Marsters puts out another superb performance. His first person narration is top class, and he also puts distinct voices out for all of the other characters in the story. He helps to add to the humour, fear and action excellently with his pacing.


    Overall - 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    10/20/14
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    "Dresden Files"

    An enjoyable lightweight read. I would recommend this book to someone who has similar tastes to me but it is much less intense and engrossing than some fanatasies that I have read/listened to. It is improved by James Marsters reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "James Marsters Rocks Dresden"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this series, read by James to friends. He reads it so well, and I've always loved the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dresden's loveable down to earth wizard, seeing the fantasy world dropped into Chicago.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Fourth book by him and still great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leonardo
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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