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
This series just doesn't get weaker or wane even at book 10. New characters are introduced and old characters are fleshed out, plots entangle and more facets of the bigger puzzle of the fight over Chicago and the mortal world are revealed, and this is all frosted by Harry Dresden's insouciant sense of humor. Plus, more action sequences than you can shake your blasting rod at. This book primarily deals with why people do what they do, how far characters will go for their beliefs, and a bit of God-reflection as well, since it is the story of a fight with the Knights Of The Cross versus the Fallen Angels (Denarians).
James Marsters reads this book as he does most of the other Dresden Files books that are available on audio, and he gets really into this performance. He does more character voices, sound effects, and emotion than ever before. I think he loves this series as much as I do.
While James Marsters' performances of the Dresden files are usually excellent, in this performance not only does he forget the voices he used for the specific characters in previous books he also forgets the voices he used for specific characters IN THIS BOOK. I don't know if he was high, lazy, or just didn't care but it made it a lot harder to stat immersed when one chapter a character has an Italian accent and in the next they sound like Murphy. "Gentleman Johnny Marcone" who in all previous books sounded intelligent, sophisticated, and educated, now speaks like a cheesy Brooklyn construction worker. I love the series, I hope Marsters hasn't just stopped caring. I'm about to dig into "Turn Coat" please don't suck!
10 books behind and i want more! I love Harry I love Mouse...I Love them all! All the carecters are so balanced between other that you are really sad if you lose one..bad or good. I like that schemes are complicated and books do not allways end when all is revealed. James Marsters voice is raspy and readin style really fits this kind of "old time private eye"-style. Thank you!
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Wizard Harry Dresden is out doing work for his other job, as a private detective, when he gets stuck in one helluva snow storm. To much snow, too fast and before he knows it Queen Mab, Faerie Queen of the Winter Court, is standing before him with a demand he make good on one of the favors he owes her. Mobster extraordinaire, Gentleman Johnny Marcone is missing and Mab wants Harry to find and protect him. Ok, find a mob boss. Harry’s an excellent PI. How hard could this be? Oh, Harry. Seriously?
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 15-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
Yep, still loving the series. Humor, magic, mystery, great characters; what’s not to love? As always the big finale is hit with everyone though one of our favorite characters gets seriously injured. The plot is twisty and tricky and involves the Courts of Faerie. The hated Denarians are back and causing trouble, too. Man, we really hate them. But that means the Knights of the Cross are in this book. Yay for Michael and Sanya! Along with Thomas, Murphy, Marcone and Mouse there are some more favorites back: Kincaid, The Archive, Ms. Gard, Hendricks and Capt. Luccio. New baddies are some denizens of the Summer Court, the Billy Goats Gruff. Yowzers. Add in a battle, helicopter, Ride of the Valkyries, weapons, magic and a cool island and you pretty much have all the excitement you can handle. T does want it recorded for all time that he no longer likes Murphy due to a decision she made at the end that I will not reveal so as not to spoil. A & K don’t agree and still like Murphy. T also said he didn’t like what Harry was saying at the end of the book until the janitor walked into the chapel.
“’Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?’
‘Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles ‘pon it instead,’ I said solemnly, ‘ and frosting of white.’”
“’You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!’”
“’Ha-ha! Ah-hahahahaha! I am wizard; hear me roar!’”
“’Tiny,’ Sanya rumbled to Michael, clenching a demonstrative fist. ‘But fierce.’” ~ talking about Murphy
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
The narrator's reading style, Jim Marsters, makes these characters come alive. Wouldn't be the same with another reader. I would recommend a listen to this book as well.
I am an auditory learner. . . This is my third favorite in the series! It starts add to the "Death Masks" legend.
I never get tierd of Bob the Skull. His changing fancies are always amusing.
A request for a doughnut.
I'm not very emotional.
Jim Butcher and James Marsters have created this wonderful fantasy world that I love to enter every now and then. I've got the books but yet to read one, because of the excellent narration. I know my mind couldn't top all the emotion of James Marsters' performance. So, every now and then I download the next installment and savor it like a great cup of coffee. This episode brings together all my favorite characters, Thomas, Michael and Murphy to help Harry in his latest quest to save mankind from the evils that we don't know about. It's funny, suspenseful and dreadful at times, with a large dose of sadness that will have to be dealt with at a later date most likely. Love this series!
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Always, Dresden is the best series out there
The archive kicking butt
He is dresden, I wanna see him play him in a movie.
Middle School Teacher / Proud Nerd
James Marsters' narration
The introduction of soul fire (at the end) peeked my interest. The plot until that point was not quite as interesting as the earlier books in the series.
Diverse and well-preformed inflection of new/minor characters... and as always, he shines as THE voice of Dresden
This wasn't my favorite book in the series so far, but I think that is because this book serves to set up more interesting plots in later Dresden novels.
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