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
As much as I've enjoyed portions of this series, I'm quickly remembering why I had stopped listening... and why this will be my last one.
The author has some really great ideas at times, but for me the enjoyment has been trumped by his 7th grade sophistication when it comes to how Harry Dresden is treated by his "superiors" and rivals on the white council; by the boiling anger from Michael at times where it doesn't fit the situation; by Murphy's anger and frustration with Harry in situations where she should be more understanding and informed. I think Butcher is trying to create empathy for Harry when he is treated with hostility, scorn, contempt, etc. by White Council members. But it's so unbelievable, so irrational and unfair, that it becomes simply stupid.
Some glitches in the audio. I even think I missed a chunk of seconds. First time that has ever happened? Otherwise, one of my favorite Harry stories.
Wonderful story and great narrating. I love the characters and inflections done by the narrator. But there is a skipped part in the beginning of chapter 14.
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