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
Entertaining storyline. Narration can be hard to bear (You can hear the saliva rolling in the narrators mouth throughout the entire book....). Very distracting and annoying.
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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!
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I love this series but the narrator is so annoying it makes it almost impossible to listen. He does clever voices but he's a constant lip smacker. I tried to tell myself it was just a fizzy coke by the Mic but it never stopped. Why didn't the producer catch this? Will NOT be listening to the rest of the series.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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.
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, some contemporary 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.
After deciding to re-visit this series I read “Storm Front” and then realized that James Marsters was narrating the series and thought I would give it a try for “Fool Moon” and unfortunately by the end I was a little disappointed Marsters reading was a bit breathy and seemed to take a lot out of the action of some of the scenes as I recalled them. After that I decided to read “Grave Peril” as opposed to continuing the audio series but during that time I saw several reviews that said Marsters performance, or the direction he was given was markedly improved in the later books so I decided to give him another try for “Summer Knight” and he did not fail! Mr. Marsters delivered an amazing performance! The drawn out hesitations on lines was gone and the breathy deliveries was markedly dialed back so that there impact was much more prominent when needed, and I am sure that I was grinning like an idiot from sheer joy for the entirety of the final action scene!
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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.
"love this book"
I love this book I love the series. .and I love the narration go out and get them all
Masters is great reading this, does characters brilliantly and is entertaining in this and in the series up to this and Death Masks which I am half way through. Butchers books are one of my series and love that I discovered him.
"What fools these mortals be..."
Just brilliant as always. James marsters portrays Harry as wonderfully as ever conveying the character with all the depth and humour Harry deserves
"Always good but book three is where it gets really"
The author is building a reputation as one of the greats in modern fantasy. The read delivers a versatile performance that is both polished and compelling. The title of my review says it all as regards the story. Avoid spoilers and enjoy a rollicking who done it, fantasy, classy piece of literature.
"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
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.
"James Marsters Rocks Dresden"
I've already recommended this series, read by James to friends. He reads it so well, and I've always loved the stories.
Dresden's loveable down to earth wizard, seeing the fantasy world dropped into Chicago.
Fourth book by him and still great.
"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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