No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness - and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse, one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits.
It figures. Everything was going too well to last....
©2008 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin
Chapter 13 has a part missing.
Not my favorite Dresden so far, but some details will come in handy to follow the continuing sub-stories. Which are the reason why I continue on with the series. And James Marsters, of course.
In the previous book, Butcher's writing finally came together, moving from respectable to good. With this book, I've a feeling greatness is just a matter of time.
The story! utilizing nearly every bit of the mythos he has created around his central character, the author added several layers of complexity to the story in a manned that was both entertaining and engaging. What could have easily devolved into a confusing mess was instead juggled expertly, with not a hint or concept slipping out of his grasp to crash onto the floor.
If you have made it this far in the Dresden Files, your patience with the development of Butcher's world and his skill as a storyteller will be rewarded.
So I've been devouring these books on audio the past few months, I'm not sure what's up with the different versions of charters voices for this one... I hope it's back to how it was for the next and the rest. Otherwise an amazing book and a lot less deep than the last one (I got rather ill from some of it) but still important.
I won't rate the book or performance down due to the condition of the files. it's another great book in the series. There are however 3 places in the files where the audio jumps. 2 spots where entire conversations are skipped and 1 spot where a conversation is repeated. I downloaded the book on 3 different devices just to be sure, and they all contained the flaws.
I ask either Audible or Penguin Audio to look into the editing of this audio book. Once early in the book, during the first conversation with Tessa, the narration seems to jump forward. leaving out a section. Late in the book sometime after they get to the island, the so looped once, causing a couple lines of identical narration to repeat.
Beyond capturing the voice of Harry that had always been in my head, Mr. Marsters captures Nicodemus even better. On top of all of this, this story is my favorite the gruffs, the denarians and, Johnny Marcone good read great listen.
James Marsters is great. Isn't consistent with accents from past books though. Slightly annoying if you are listening to the books close together and in order like I am. He still is great though!
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