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For the 1st printing edition of this ISBN, see here. HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's For the 1st printing edition of this ISBN, see here. HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower. The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man. And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name. It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...


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For the 1st printing edition of this ISBN, see here. HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's For the 1st printing edition of this ISBN, see here. HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower. The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man. And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name. It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...

30 review for Summer Knight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    “Uh, Ms. Sommerset, I presume,” I managed finally. No one can do suave like me. If I was careful, I should be able to trip over something and complete the image. “I’m Harry Dresden.” And so the tale of this fourth book begins. *lol* After the happenings in book three Harry is not only obsessed with finding a way to cure Susan but also let a lot of other things slide in order to attain his goal. For instance his job and personal hygiene… And that is just the beginning, really. XD There’s an “Uh, Ms. Sommerset, I presume,” I managed finally. No one can do suave like me. If I was careful, I should be able to trip over something and complete the image. “I’m Harry Dresden.” And so the tale of this fourth book begins. *lol* After the happenings in book three Harry is not only obsessed with finding a way to cure Susan but also let a lot of other things slide in order to attain his goal. For instance his job and personal hygiene… And that is just the beginning, really. XD There’s an endless list of troubles our favourite wizard has to face and the Red Court is only one of them. The wizard council isn’t pleased with him intervening and Mab the Queen of the Winter Court wants him to help her find the killer of the summer knight. Needless to say that as good as every party mentioned either wants him dead or might get him killed while he helps them. No wonder, Harry is at a low of his life and tries to give himself a pep talk! (With varying degrees of success, I may add.) ”Stop whining, Harry,” I said in a firm, loud voice. “So what if you’re tired? So what if you’re hurt? So what I you smell like you’re already dead? You’re a wizard. You’ve got a job to do.” But Harry isn’t completely alone. There’s still Murphy, the alpha pack and Toot Toot our little faerie who’d do anything for a slice of pizza! *lol* ”Come on, Harry. What are you thinking?” “I’m thinking that if this dilemma grows any more horns I’m going to shoot it and put it up on the wall.” Actually, I was about to say the same thing. Thank you, Harry for putting my thoughts into appropriate words. XD Still, despite everything there is still some fight left in our wizard and he would be damned if he wouldn’t try to do his best! So he’s facing his troubles head on and we all know what happens once our stubborn hero decides to go to war! ;-) Considering it all I really enjoyed “Summer Knight” and was more than just happy to read about all the different faerie courts. By now you all know how much I love faeries so it’s no wonder I was a happy camper by the end of this book. *lol* But don’t worry, even if you’re no fan of faeries, as long as you’re a true fan of Harry Dresden you should be fine. XD

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    This is the fourth book in the Dresden Files Series. I was just in awe with this book! Also I love the character development. I just wish that Bob had a bigger part in the series.I just love Bob! The books so far seem to get better and better. The villains are varied and enjoyable, and pulled from fairy tales and legends. They include mean plant monsters, psycho fairies, pixies, unicorns and more. Harry Dresden, professional wizard, has practically become a recluse since he lost his girlfriend. A This is the fourth book in the Dresden Files Series. I was just in awe with this book! Also I love the character development. I just wish that Bob had a bigger part in the series.I just love Bob! The books so far seem to get better and better. The villains are varied and enjoyable, and pulled from fairy tales and legends. They include mean plant monsters, psycho fairies, pixies, unicorns and more. Harry Dresden, professional wizard, has practically become a recluse since he lost his girlfriend. A little less than a year ago, his girlfriend was bitten by a vampire. Although he retrieved her--incidentally setting off a war between the vampires and wizards--despite desperate attempts to help her that drive him into near psychosis, he can't restore her humanity. But when the sky starts raining toads and the White Council of Wizards comes to town, Harry is forced to snap out of his misery and self-loathing. The wizards aren't thrilled about the war Dresden set off, and decide that the best way to end it is to throw Dresden to the vampires, unless he solves the case brought to him by a terrifying new client: Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Fey. To stop himself from becoming a reconciliation gift to the vampires, Harry must solve the murder of the human champion of Summer and prove that Mab is innocent of the crime. With only a band of teenage werewolves, a pizza-loving fairy, and his friend, Lt. Karrin Murphy, to help him, Dresden must solve the crime before the fairies go to war with Chicago as ground zero. And of course, that's when things start getting complicated: an old flame pops up on his doorstep, begging him for help, a changeling girl has gone missing and Harry's guilted into taking the case, and there's a killer ghoul--not to mention a chlorofiend (plant monster)--out for Harry's blood. Harry is in for a wild, fantastic, and above all, entertaining ride.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    2.75ish stars. I hope no one's offended if I call this series a guilty pleasure. :) There's finally some semblance of a coherent plot and as a result this is the best book so far. Drinking game for this book: every time Harry says the word "sensual" or one of its derivations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gergana

    Fanart and random comics done by me. :D Please don't sue. When everyone kept telling me to skip the first three books, I didn't believe there would be such a difference!! No, the series are still not going in my list of favorites, nor are they getting a 5 star rating (only time will tell), but my level of enjoyment jumped from -50 to +100. WHAT I LIKE NOW - The Narrator of the audiobook is probably one of the best ones I've ever heard! He fits Harry perfectly, and his voice variations and acting Fanart and random comics done by me. :D Please don't sue. When everyone kept telling me to skip the first three books, I didn't believe there would be such a difference!! No, the series are still not going in my list of favorites, nor are they getting a 5 star rating (only time will tell), but my level of enjoyment jumped from -50 to +100. WHAT I LIKE NOW - The Narrator of the audiobook is probably one of the best ones I've ever heard! He fits Harry perfectly, and his voice variations and acting are superb! I could practically feel every emotion coming through his voice, truly amazing! Not sure why I wasn't a fan in the first two books. - Harry isn't horny all the time anymore! On top of it, he has become a very likable, compelling and 3-dimensional character! HUGE IMPROVEMENT! - Plot, pacing, writing style, world building - a hundred times better... in the first half. Second half kind of lost me. - HUMOR IS SO GOOD! WHAT I DON'T LIKE - Still not a huge fan of the whole crime genre in general. I just find police investigations, interviewing numerous suspects, etc. kind of boring, but the book DOES try to balance everything out and I managed to remember more than half of the characters...except for their names. Dammit, I need to start taking notes... - The book feels looooooooong and not in a good way. - Second half was...alright. Not bad, but I expected so much more based on how much I enjoyed the first half. A LOT of books are influenced and inspired by the Dresden Files and I am not surprised. That was the main reason why I kept giving the series a chance... That, and the cool-looking dude on the covers. I am super grateful to Jim Butcher for inspiring awesome authors across the world and for never complaining when other series copy elements from his. On the opposite, he was always very supportive and agreeable, which is super rare and speaks volumes for his character. CONCLUSION: If you didn't like Storm Front (aka. Book 1), but you are wondering what the whole hype is all about, then you might want to skip a few books. Based on personal experience, you won't miss much and you don't need the first three books in order to enjoy the sequels. ( I barely remember them). Happy reading! Click here for full resolution.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Will M.

    I never considered reading about faeries, but it was a mandatory thing for me to do so because I really like the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is no doubt one of my favorite fictional characters. Witty and crazy will always be a perfect match. This novel was about faeries, and thrones. I really enjoyed how Butcher portrayed both. I've never read anything faerie related so I had no background knowledge of them. Based on the first three novels, Butcher is known for putting his own twists in the I never considered reading about faeries, but it was a mandatory thing for me to do so because I really like the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is no doubt one of my favorite fictional characters. Witty and crazy will always be a perfect match. This novel was about faeries, and thrones. I really enjoyed how Butcher portrayed both. I've never read anything faerie related so I had no background knowledge of them. Based on the first three novels, Butcher is known for putting his own twists in the supernatural creatures. He makes them his own, and it works most of the time. I like his portrayal of the faeries, and it makes me want to read more of them. Main reason would be to know if he made his own shit up again, but also because he made them sound so damn interesting in the first place. This fourth installment in the series was face paced and consistent. I can't remember any slow points in the middle of the novel. The characters were great as usual, with an addition of a few new great ones. There were good and bad faeries, and both were great characters. I was not expecting to like faeries more than ghosts, but Butcher made them seem so cool. While the third novel was better overall, the creatures in this novel were a bit better. 4.25/5 stars. While it was such a fast read because it was so enjoyable, I was still a bit disappointed with the ending. I didn't find it phenomenal, but honestly I haven't read a good ending written by Butcher based on the four novels I've read of his. But aside from the ending, there's nothing more I can complain about. This series keeps improving. If you haven't started reading this series yet, then you're missing out a lot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire, is in the thick of it. He's started a war between the vampires and wizards and the White Council is not happy about it. And, there's the small matter of his former girlfriend, Susan, who's been infected with vampire blood. Can he save her from a terrible fate? Can he save himself? Then, there's Karrin Murphy, the head of the supernatural department at the Chicago PD. She's suffering from nightmares caused by the last adventure that Harry brought to her doorstep. Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire, is in the thick of it. He's started a war between the vampires and wizards and the White Council is not happy about it. And, there's the small matter of his former girlfriend, Susan, who's been infected with vampire blood. Can he save her from a terrible fate? Can he save himself? Then, there's Karrin Murphy, the head of the supernatural department at the Chicago PD. She's suffering from nightmares caused by the last adventure that Harry brought to her doorstep. Will she be able to pull herself together long enough to help the wizard save the world? Add to these troubles vengeful fairies, a handful of changelings, pizza-loving pixies, werewolves and, of all things, Dungeons and Dragons! The Summer Knight is a rollicking entry in The Dresden Files. My one complaint: more Bob. That is all. Recommended for urban fantasy readers, MMORPG players and people who believe or want to believe in fairies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Buddy read began April 27th on Buddies Books and Baubles Look you know it is going to be a bad day when it starts out raining toads, there is an assassination attempt on your life, you girlfriend is avoiding you (she has some changes to deal with), you can’t find your good robe for your impending trial with the White Council and Mab shows up at your office. At this point you’d probably be better off going back to bed. But since you inadvertently started a war between The Red Court of Vampires and Buddy read began April 27th on Buddies Books and Baubles Look you know it is going to be a bad day when it starts out raining toads, there is an assassination attempt on your life, you girlfriend is avoiding you (she has some changes to deal with), you can’t find your good robe for your impending trial with the White Council and Mab shows up at your office. At this point you’d probably be better off going back to bed. But since you inadvertently started a war between The Red Court of Vampires and the Wizards there doesn’t seem to be any way to get around being stuck in the middle. I think that Jim Butcher is getting better at writing this series. While I’m still not a huge fan of Harry specifically I like most of the side characters enough that it doesn’t matter. Plus He has a lot of great situations that I loved throughout: ✲ - Meeting Ebenezer who is like a father to Harry. I liked him immediately.... “You’re the last one I would expect to be telling me to get involved in Council politics.” Ebenezar scowled at me. “Oh?” “Yeah. In fact, the last time I checked, you told me the whole swill-spouting pack of lollygagging skunkwallows could transform one another into clams, for all you cared.” ✲ - Seeing Billy the LARPing Werewolf again and seeing how much his little pack has changed. ✲ - Meeting Mab and all the other Fae Queens. I do love me some time if Faery and every part of meeting the Queens was fascinating. ✲ - Clandestine meetings at the Super Walmart late at night where Murphy really got to shine. This is the Murphy/Harry combo I was waiting to see. “Besides. You were lucky I was there. The way I count it, I’m the one who put on the boots.” A smile threatened my expression. “You did what?” “Put on the boots,” Murphy said. “I put on the boots and kicked some monster ass. I dropped the ghoul, and I’m the one who rammed a chain saw through the head of that plant monster thing. Crippled the ogre, too. What did you do? You threw a can of Sterno at him. That’s barely an assist.” ✲ - Seems like Harry’s old flame found him accidentally on purpose again. Man Harry has shit luck with women. Seriously he is awful with them. ✲ - BOB!!!! Nuff said ✲ - Lea, Harry’s faery godmother. Well she was at least helpful this time around and less ‘I will turn you into one of my hounds’ ✲ - CHANGLINGS – ½ Fae/ ½ Humans. I love the introduction of this into the story. ✲ - and last but not least a big shout out to Toot. That fairy is hilarious and helpful. Plus he loves him some pizza so I’m sure we would get along. While it is a great compilation of situations I think JB still has some plotting issues. Everything is a bit garbled at times and I actually would have liked the story a bit more if the bad guy ended up being someone else in the story. But these are so much fun and the humor is getting a lot better, along with all the additional characters. I’m definitely seeing why this series has such a big following. Still waiting for Harry to really find himself though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    According to fans of the series, this is where the Dresden Files supposedly start to get better, and I won't disagree as this was quite an improvement from Grave Peril. The plot in the last book felt quite haphazard. Moreover, the character development of Harry, as intriguing as his backstory is concerned, annoyed me as he seemed to be able to ever 'dig deeper' into his power reserves from out of nowhere, powered by rage or something else which escaped my comprehension. In Summer Knight, we see According to fans of the series, this is where the Dresden Files supposedly start to get better, and I won't disagree as this was quite an improvement from Grave Peril. The plot in the last book felt quite haphazard. Moreover, the character development of Harry, as intriguing as his backstory is concerned, annoyed me as he seemed to be able to ever 'dig deeper' into his power reserves from out of nowhere, powered by rage or something else which escaped my comprehension. In Summer Knight, we see Harry having to rely more on his friends and other interested parties to assist him in saving the world, which was no less than what exactly Harry had to do. With his adversaries being the super-powerful, omnipotent Faeries, there was absolutely zero chance of Harry being able to take them down based on his raw power alone. The worldbuilding piece around the intricacies and politics of the Fae courts was the highlight of this book for me. Without much knowledge about the Fae, except from watching True Blood and speed-reading a couple of Sookie Stackhouse novels, I was necessarily intrigued. Sufficed to say that the Fae are deeply mysterious, dangerously alluring, wholly otherworldly, and absolutely fascinating. Another interesting facet was that of the White Council, whose judgment Harry had to face after the precipitous events with the Red Court of the Vampires in the previous instalment. From this plotline, more interesting characters surfaced, namely Ebenezar and the Gatekeeper, whom I hoped will have more appearances in the future. As far as characters are concerned, Agent Karrin Murphy has improved in my estimation of her. The delicate balance of toughness and vulnerability emanating from her was handled very well and I can finally say that Harry is indeed lucky to have a friend like her. The same can be said of Billy the werewolf - a worthy and loyal sidekick to have by his side. Dresden Files does seem to keep improving and this is a great volume, but I'll still be hardpressed to call it amazing. Notwithstanding, sometimes one just needs a book that is a bit lighter and easier to digest with decent storytelling. This series has so far been able to fulfil that. This review can also be found at Booknest

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Some Fairies, Puck, Oberon, Rob Anybody, Tinkerbell, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jareth gather in the Never Never to play Dungeons and Dragons and discuss Jim Butcher’s 2002 Harry Dresden novel Summer Knight. Puck: Jareth, has anyone ever told you that you look like David Bowie? Jareth: I get that all the time, you have no idea. Puck: So what do you know about the fourth Dresden book, Summer Knight? Rob: We dinna know anythin'! Tinkerbell: tinkle! Rumpelstiltskin: I liked it actually, plenty of action, some Some Fairies, Puck, Oberon, Rob Anybody, Tinkerbell, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jareth gather in the Never Never to play Dungeons and Dragons and discuss Jim Butcher’s 2002 Harry Dresden novel Summer Knight. Puck: Jareth, has anyone ever told you that you look like David Bowie? Jareth: I get that all the time, you have no idea. Puck: So what do you know about the fourth Dresden book, Summer Knight? Rob: We dinna know anythin'! Tinkerbell: tinkle! Rumpelstiltskin: I liked it actually, plenty of action, some explanations of the Fairy lands in Butcher’s Dresden world building, very entertaining. Oberon: Indeed, the knave Butcher is no dunce with the pen. Tinkerbell: tinkle tinkle tinkle Puck: Very interesting take on the series, Tink, so are you saying that Butcher’s fourth excursion with Harry Dresden is a jump-the-shark play for better sales among the urban fantasy crowd or was this an ambitious harkening back to magical origins? What do you think Rob? Rob: t's no' oour fault! We wuz only standing there an' someone else did it and ran awa'! Oberon: We are Oberon. Lord of the Third Race. Ruler of Avalon. We have come to chew gum and kick ass, and we’re all out of gum! Rob: Ye're only picking on us 'cause we're blue! We always get blamed for everythin'! The polis hate us! We wasna even in the country! Oberon: Ill-met by moonlight, proud Dresden! Puck: OK, did you two even read the book? Rob: Aw crivens! There wa so many letters, an words, an I much prefrd the audiobook. Rumplestiltskin: I have to say I did too, except I think Dresden’s snarky one liners were sometimes more of distraction than amusing. Rob: Aw wailey, wailey, wailey! I dina like it a mooch a his las stories. Tinkerbell: tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,, tinkle, tinkle all pause and reflect on Tinkerbell’s succinct yet exhaustive statement on the novel Puck: Wow, Tink, I could not have said it any better! Rob: A fair word, wee hag! Cuna doon bet’r meself!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is a revised review as of 4/14/2013. The strength of this novel is on the world building and character of Harry Dresden with a plot that moves along fast. One thing you can always say about the recent books is that they are fun and fast reads. This presumes you're a fan of Harry (a wise-cracking detective for hire style wizard, who had a tendency to piss off a lot of people) and the writing style. In fact if you don't like Harry then you shouldn't be reading these books. In book four, This is a revised review as of 4/14/2013. The strength of this novel is on the world building and character of Harry Dresden with a plot that moves along fast. One thing you can always say about the recent books is that they are fun and fast reads. This presumes you're a fan of Harry (a wise-cracking detective for hire style wizard, who had a tendency to piss off a lot of people) and the writing style. In fact if you don't like Harry then you shouldn't be reading these books. In book four, he's sort of started a war between the wizards and the vampires and the wizards are deciding whether they want to keep him or turn him into a sacrificial lamb. The Sidhe factor into this strongly with a focus on the Summer and Winter Courts vying for a balance of power. Mab, the Queen of the Faeries, manipulates him into investigating a murder that has bigger repercussions for Fae lands as well as the mortal world. Other people are trying to kill him, too. One of his old flames from long ago shows up. What's a wizard to do? Well, Harry is pretty smart and capable, even if he hasn't bathed in several days and is close to being evicted. Oh, he's depressed so he's pushed away all his friends at this point. But, more importantly, he's the main character so you know the author is going to get him out of his problems or there wouldn't be a book five, right? The mystery for this one is particularly good, so, if like the red herring ploy, Butcher uses it quite well here. Pretty good use of Fae legends and spells. Enjoy. Note that the series drops in quality somewhere in the early teens. I'd say book four is one of the best. CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B minus to B; STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B plus; WRITING STYLE: B to B plus; WORLD BUILDING: B plus to A minus; WHEN READ: 2008 (second reading) (revised review 4/14/2013); OVERALL GRADE: B plus. (view spoiler)[ Nice fight with the ogre early on during his investigation and Harry's realization he was dealing with something supernatural. The end Fae battle was done well in an action sense. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Before I start gnawing on the book, let me first say that I enjoy Butcher's writing overall. He does good character, a romping pace, and makes me care about his protagonists. In fact, Butcher's a good enough writer that he enters the "good enough to realize his mistakes, which makes it so frustrating when he misses them" category. So...yes...he's quite good. But.... This is definitely the lesser of the 1st four books. I'm muchly bothered by the severe escalation of the power scale in this book, as Before I start gnawing on the book, let me first say that I enjoy Butcher's writing overall. He does good character, a romping pace, and makes me care about his protagonists. In fact, Butcher's a good enough writer that he enters the "good enough to realize his mistakes, which makes it so frustrating when he misses them" category. So...yes...he's quite good. But.... This is definitely the lesser of the 1st four books. I'm muchly bothered by the severe escalation of the power scale in this book, as Harry is now immersed in an all-out war between faeries that threatens to change the very fabric of reality. This goes a LOOOOOONG way towards Dresden entering the class of the Not Very Special At All...which is something to be avoided. And Dresden's habit of being in way over his head got a little tedious, especially as the character kept actually talking about being in over his head too many times, and how it would eventually mean his end. Yes...it would. And when I'm on the 40th or 50th instance of "Dresden only has a one-in-a-thousand chance of survival!" I start to wonder about the man making those odds, and I also start to yawn. And when Dresden puts down Yet Another Foe Against Whom He Has No Chance, I start to get reeaaalll sleepy. Also......(spoiler alert!!)...........I have been trying very very hard to just enjoy these novels and look at them as fun gothic horror/adventure, and NOT somebody's idea of a kickass gaming night put down on paper, the kind of thing where someone acceded to the wishes of their gamer friends who kept saying, "Dude! Our campaign mega-rocks! You should write a BOOK about it and make our sweeeeeeet characters FAMOUS!" That became impossible to do at the end of this book, which ends with....(yikes)....Harry Dresden setting down to a table in an apartment, with a group of young werewolves, to eat pizza, drink soda, and....yes...have a role-playing gamer session. Yep...a wizard sits down with werewolves to have a roleplay session. Awesome. I feel like I'm sixteen again. Except, you know, I'm not.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

    First half: 2 stars Second half: 4 stars I read many times that series gets lot better from this point on but I didn't see it. From my angle it's same as previous books with all the good and bad stuff. Harry tends to be whiny and wallow in self pity, story is predictable and follows similar pattern like all previous books. On the other hand when it gets good than it's really fun. There is well written action, mystery(even though it's predictable it's still fun) and interesting world which I always First half: 2 stars Second half: 4 stars I read many times that series gets lot better from this point on but I didn't see it. From my angle it's same as previous books with all the good and bad stuff. Harry tends to be whiny and wallow in self pity, story is predictable and follows similar pattern like all previous books. On the other hand when it gets good than it's really fun. There is well written action, mystery(even though it's predictable it's still fun) and interesting world which I always want to know more about. Overall I'm not blown away but I am entertained and I will definitely continue on with the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    That was so much fun! I wasn't convinced about this series before - it was nice enough to read but Dresden got on my nerves so bad with his white knighting and his deciding who gets to know what and who is capable of protecting themselves (hint: women aren't). But this time around I really enjoyed it, very much so. A lot of that enjoyment comes from James Marsters' absolutely brilliant performance that lend Dresden a humanity and humility that I didn't see before. The voice work fits the That was so much fun! I wasn't convinced about this series before - it was nice enough to read but Dresden got on my nerves so bad with his white knighting and his deciding who gets to know what and who is capable of protecting themselves (hint: women aren't). But this time around I really enjoyed it, very much so. A lot of that enjoyment comes from James Marsters' absolutely brilliant performance that lend Dresden a humanity and humility that I didn't see before. The voice work fits the character brilliantly and I cannot imagine a better person to read this story (I love Buffy a lot, so that probably helped). I will definitely listen to the next books instead of reading them and I am so glad I discovered the audiobook. Still reeling from the events of the last book, Harry Dresden is at his absolute worst, a mess, when he gets sucked into a war between the two Fairy Courts. As usual, the odds are stacked against him, but this time around he actually accepts help and I appreciated this. I think that this was the best story yet, as Dresden is finally learning from the disasters he lived and is becoming a much better person to spend time with as a reader. I love the world Jim Butcher has created here with all the different kinds of creatures with different moralities (or none) and different cultures. It feels real and lived in and vast in a way that I really appreciate. Lately I have been enjoying Urban Fantasy more, as genre I struggled with in the past, and I am so pleased with this - because there are so many books in this series and I love being abl to spend a lot of time with characters I have grown fond of.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Harry Dresden, the wizard/private investigator, is depressed: major girlfriend troubles, problems making rent, various and sundry supernatural beings trying to kill him, outstanding obligations to the Fae that are equally likely to result in his death, and issues with the governing council of wizards, who want to turn Harry over to the vampire council who -- you got it -- also want Harry dead. Several people told me to just start with this book, #4 in the Dresden urban fantasy series, if I wanted Harry Dresden, the wizard/private investigator, is depressed: major girlfriend troubles, problems making rent, various and sundry supernatural beings trying to kill him, outstanding obligations to the Fae that are equally likely to result in his death, and issues with the governing council of wizards, who want to turn Harry over to the vampire council who -- you got it -- also want Harry dead. Several people told me to just start with this book, #4 in the Dresden urban fantasy series, if I wanted to check out this series. So I did, but I'm not sure it was a good idea. The problem is that I wasn't really invested in the characters, so I got just a little bored. Where other reviewers are all, "Bob the Skull! Yay!!" I was, "Huh, a talking skull. Interesting." Add to that a mystery where the resolution struck me as a little weak, and this one gets a middling grade from me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Rey

    [4.5 Stars]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Otila

    I really enjoy listening to this series and this book has been my favorite so far. Of course it does, James, don't be silly. Aside from James Marsters ear-gasms, I'm really starting to get into the overarching storyline that seems to be developing. On to the next one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Summer Knight starts with Harry in a very dark place. He is reeling from the fact that his girlfriend has left him, and she's been changed into a near-vampire by the Red Court of Vampires. He feels personally responsible, and is desperate for a way to help her. This despair has affected him to a deep level, and he's barely functioning, living in a pig-sty, and not even taking cases or taking care of himself. It was very hard to see him like that. And things don't get better for Harry. Because Summer Knight starts with Harry in a very dark place. He is reeling from the fact that his girlfriend has left him, and she's been changed into a near-vampire by the Red Court of Vampires. He feels personally responsible, and is desperate for a way to help her. This despair has affected him to a deep level, and he's barely functioning, living in a pig-sty, and not even taking cases or taking care of himself. It was very hard to see him like that. And things don't get better for Harry. Because he's facing judgment by the White Council of wizards, who are out for his blood, and he has to prove that he's not a troublemaker or they're going to deliver him signed and sealed to the vampires, who won't sit him down for tea and sandwiches. They'll kill him, and make it hurt. His only way out is to prove his allegiance to the White Council by opening up routes into Faerie so they can get away from the vampires. In order to do that, he has to make nice with the Faeries. Luckily, or unluckily, the Winter Queen Mab shows up at his office, 'asking' his help to solve the case of who killed the Summer Knight, thus stealing away some of the Seelie's Court's power and upsetting the power balance between Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Trust me, that's not a good thing, and could very well lead to the end of the world. By asking Harry, that means he doesn't get to say no, since his faerie godmother sold his debt to her to Queen Mab. Complicated? Yes it is. But that's par for the course for Harry. Harry Dresden doesn't get it easy. He just gets it not as hard, sometimes at least. Life for him seems to go from one battle to the next. And he has plenty of battle-scars. But, he doesn't give up. He keeps on trucking. I couldn't love him more for that. Harry is at his snarkiest in this book. The man's mouth is a sharply-honed instrument, and he knows how to use it. And, he shows that he's definitely an alpha male, with his take charge, 'try to stop me' attitude, despite his endearingly self-deprecating manner. He might seem like a ne'er do well, but he's resourceful, strong-willed, and at heart, definitely a white knight. Summer Knight wasn't an easy read for me. The print in my book was way too small, and Mr. Butcher has a very descriptive, detail-oriented writing style. But, it was a fantastic read. Mr. Butcher takes faerie and concocts a delectable story around it. I've read quite a few faerie stories, and he still managed to bring some new images and concepts to the table. I love what he does with Faerie. And I loved the Faerie smackdown at the end of this story. I felt like I was right there, with a ringside seat on the action. I was cheering for Harry and his gang of werewolves and faerie changelings, and wincing as he takes his share of licks. And if you've ever read a Dresden novel, you know that Harry is always, always getting hurt. But, he just keeps on going. Gosh, I love this man! Mr. Butcher really took me on a nonstop ride. I was feeling all Harry's pain. I didn't enjoy seeing him suffering the way he does in this book, and I hope that he does find peace over Susan. Even still, with all his personal anguish, he manages to save the day, yet again, and give me more than a few laughs in the process. It was great to see tough as nails Karrin Murphy, the Chicago Police Detective that he consults on 'weird' cases with, fight at his side against an ogre, chlorofiend (plant monster), and ghoul assassin at the local Walmart. Hats off to Mr. Butcher for yet another grand adventure with Harry Dresden. I better rest up so I can be ready for the next one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Best in the series so far. Full RTC! 5 stars *****

  19. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    It has been two years since I read a “Dresden Files” book, Grave Peril, I enjoyed it a lot but not much of it lingered and while I intended to get back to the series, I felt there is no rush to do so. Still, these books are always fun reads, and sometimes the simple enjoyment is just what I need after a tedious day at work. Time for another wild ride with Wizard Dresden. The Dresden Files is an urban fantasy / hardboiled detective series set mostly in modern-day Chicago, featuring cocky “ It has been two years since I read a “Dresden Files” book, Grave Peril, I enjoyed it a lot but not much of it lingered and while I intended to get back to the series, I felt there is no rush to do so. Still, these books are always fun reads, and sometimes the simple enjoyment is just what I need after a tedious day at work. Time for another wild ride with Wizard Dresden. The Dresden Files is an urban fantasy / hardboiled detective series set mostly in modern-day Chicago, featuring cocky “consulting wizard” Harry Dresden. Each book tends to be mostly self-contained but always with connective tissues to the rest of the series. In Summer Knight Dresden is coerced by Mab, the Winter Queen of the Sidhe, into investigating the murder of a “Summer Knight”, a henchman of Aurora, the Summer Lady. The summer and the winter courts of the faeries are perpetually at war with neither side ever emerging victorious. This murder is intended to frame Mab for the murder and lead to a destabilization of the Summer vs Winter war, and an outright victory of either Court would be disastrous for the world. The Dresden Files by by charro-art (click to embiggen). I went into Summer Knight expecting pure entertainment and I got my money’s worth. The book does have moments of pathos but I did not really connect with the emotional side of it, I don’t feel the characters are developed with sufficient depth for me to feel strongly engaged with their plight. Harry Dresden is a likable flawed heroic P.I. you can root for, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. He does go through extremely dangerous situations in this book, going up against weird monstrosities and super powerful faeries. The pace of the narrative never slackens but there are not enough nuances there for me to feel more than entertained. Having said that, I only required the entertainment part anyway. Though the book is mostly set in contemporary Chicago, parts of it is sent in the faeries’ domain and some very elaborate world-building goes on in these parts, I also enjoy the complex internal logic how magic functions in this book. Dresden is aided in his perilous investigations by some very colorful characters, both humans and non-human. They may not be developed in depth but they are a lot of fun. Summer Knight is a highly enjoyable book and I will definitely get back into the series again, probably with less of a time gap next time.. Banner by Samurphy0320 Quotes: “It came as a shock to me. I know, that sounds stupid, but I don’t keep mirrors in my home. Too many things can use mirrors as windows, even doors, and it was a risk I preferred to skip entirely. I hadn’t glanced at a mirror in weeks.” “My hair had grown out long and shaggy – not in that sexy-young-rock-star kind of way but in that time-to-take-Rover-to-the-groomer kind of way.” “The elevator hadn’t ever been quite the same since a giant scorpion had torn into one of the cars and someone had thrown the elevator up to the top of its chute with a torrent of wind in order to smash the big bug against the roof. The resulting fall sent the car plummeting all the way back to the ground floor and wreaked havoc with the building in general, raising everyone’s rents.” Harry Dresden by thegryph

  20. 4 out of 5

    Conor

    Another strong installment in the Dresden series. This one picked up where the last one left off very nicely with the introduction of some cool characters and an introduction to the White Council, the political leaders of the wizards, and all the scheming and backbiting that comes with them, which Harry finds himself caught in the middle of. There was also the unexpected return of a character who has been talked about quite a bit in the first few books. (view spoiler)[ It seemed almost to be Another strong installment in the Dresden series. This one picked up where the last one left off very nicely with the introduction of some cool characters and an introduction to the White Council, the political leaders of the wizards, and all the scheming and backbiting that comes with them, which Harry finds himself caught in the middle of. There was also the unexpected return of a character who has been talked about quite a bit in the first few books. (view spoiler)[ It seemed almost to be unexpected to Butcher as well as her explanation for her betrayal of Harry, that she was being mind-controlled by an evil wizard, seemed somewhat hollow. I thought with her betrayal at the end it would turn out she had been evil the whole time and might even bust out a "mwahahaha" but then she turned back to being good again so apparently her "an evil wizard did it" explanation is legits. (hide spoiler)] After being a dumbass in book 2 and largely useless in book 3 I was glad to see Murphy return to form and we also got some background on her character and the events that may have shaped her into the hardened police officer (and occasional dumbass) we have come to know. The world-building in this one was really cool with the introduction of the faerie courts and the scheming,mysterious personalities that inhabit them. These scenes were made even more interesting by the fact that Harry wasn't just stopping by to visit and/or have a three-some with ancient and powerful fairy ladies in exchange for handing over a child for undisclosed but surely disturbing reasons. Rather he was investigating a murder that was about to trigger a war between 2 devastating magical forces with the mortal world caught in between. This forced Harry to try and navigating these confusing and magical worlds carefully as he searched for the murderer. While the plot dragged a bit in the middle after a compelling start it finished really strongly with some unexpected and well set-up plot twists and as the villain (who I found to be more sympathetic and compelling than any of the others in the series so far) was finally revealed. Overall this was another strong entry in the series and after not being impressed overly by the first 2 books and seriously contemplating not bothering wit any more of the series I'm now looking forward to see where this series will go.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Yet again on a reread, a Harry Dresden book goes from 4 to 5 stars. This book was all action and very funny. Dresden is in trouble with the council after the trouble with the vampire courts of the previous book. This book however is all about faerie. Winter and Summer are in a battle for supremacy and only Dresden can save the day.. I loved the plant monster at the garden centre (or chloro-fiend). The final faerie battle scene was epic and visual. There were scarlet-and blue-skinned ogres in Yet again on a reread, a Harry Dresden book goes from 4 to 5 stars. This book was all action and very funny. Dresden is in trouble with the council after the trouble with the vampire courts of the previous book. This book however is all about faerie. Winter and Summer are in a battle for supremacy and only Dresden can save the day.. I loved the plant monster at the garden centre (or chloro-fiend). The final faerie battle scene was epic and visual. There were scarlet-and blue-skinned ogres in faerie mail,brown skinned gnomes, sylphs crouched over a mound of bloody, stinking carrion, squabbling like vultures, troop of battered, lantern-jawed, burly humanoids with wide, batlike ears, goblins, clouds of pixies, bumble bees as big as park benches, spiders as big as footballs, faerie hounds to name but a few. Trolls, ogres, centaurs also play their part. We learn much more about the faerie courts and the faerie queens and their knights. And as always, Harry has a heart of gold. Fab!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This re-read has been a success so far. Weird, but good weird. It was weird revisiting the first three books, which I originally didn't like enough to continue the series, on audio for the first time. I knew that James Marsters was a huge part of the reason I ended up liking this series so much, but I don't think I realized just how much until starting this re-read. I liked the first three books more on re-read in large part because I'm invested in this world and these characters now, but it's This re-read has been a success so far. Weird, but good weird. It was weird revisiting the first three books, which I originally didn't like enough to continue the series, on audio for the first time. I knew that James Marsters was a huge part of the reason I ended up liking this series so much, but I don't think I realized just how much until starting this re-read. I liked the first three books more on re-read in large part because I'm invested in this world and these characters now, but it's also just super fun to listen to James Marsters read me stories. He brings Harry to life. Which is all just a lead up to me explaining that I'm reading the rest of this series on this re-read in hard copy, because I have OCD and each book has to be read each way at least one time. I did 1-3, 13, and 15 in hard copy the first time around, so they get the audio treatment this time, and vice versa. And I missed the audio SO BAD. I still liked this though, to be clear. In fact, I liked it about the same amount I did as when I read it in 2010. I still loved the introduction of the Faerie courts, and Harry's relationship with Toot-toot the fairy. I still liked the way this book inched closer towards expanding Harry's circle of people he trusts instead of making him continual loner man. I think I actually liked the stuff with the White Council better this time, now that I have a firmer grasp on what their whole deal is. I can't frickin' wait for Harry to calm the hell down about women, though. When does that happen again? I feel like it's not until halfway through the series, at least. Anyway, it's been two months since I read this, so more detailed thoughts have escaped me. Maybe I'll make up for it in the next one, since I didn't actually write a review for that one the first time through. Original Review, 11/1/2010: Never thought this would actually happen, but I'm giving more than three stars to a Dresden File book. I'm still not entirely sure if that extra enjoyment was garnered by the writing (which I still think is pretty awkward in places . . . Jim Butcher and I are obviously not in agreement about what constitutes "cool"), or the fabulously sexy narration of James Marsters. His voice really brought out the color and personality that I felt was missing from the first three books. It also helps that I find fairies infinitely more interesting than ghosts, werewolves, and over the top wizards involved with the Mafia. While still being overwhelming pathetic, Harry also managed not to annoy me at all this book, a lot of which has to do with Marsters, but also to the fact that he's actually letting people help him now and not being so much a stupid martyr anymore. I'm also not going conceal the fact that I very much appreciated the absence of Susan, the vampires, and aforementioned stupid Mafia. Anyway, I enjoyed this book enough that I'm in for the rest of the series, but it's gonna be audiobooks all the way.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Karpuk

    To reiterate my criticism of the series as a whole: Harry Dresden is a stupid, narcissistic, nerd (nerdcissist?) who's first impulse when it comes to problem solving is to run into the villain's lair and shout "Who's making all the bad magic!" and then get surprised when people attempt to murder him. The cover art for all these books, and the casting choice for the television show give me the impression that Butcher views Dresden as a sort of wizardly Han Solo, a roguish figure marginalized by To reiterate my criticism of the series as a whole: Harry Dresden is a stupid, narcissistic, nerd (nerdcissist?) who's first impulse when it comes to problem solving is to run into the villain's lair and shout "Who's making all the bad magic!" and then get surprised when people attempt to murder him. The cover art for all these books, and the casting choice for the television show give me the impression that Butcher views Dresden as a sort of wizardly Han Solo, a roguish figure marginalized by both the human and magical worlds. But anytime I imagine him, he ends up halfway between David Tennant and Rincewind from the Discworld books. He's all stick legs and potbelly, the physique you'd get from eating nothing but junk food and coke, but not enough of either. I'm actually shocked he doesn't eat Cup of Noodles. Here's the thing: Harry Dresden is a well-realized character, he's just a person whose head I don't want to be inside. I don't want to hear his lascivious objectification of every woman every time they enter a scene. It's either how hot are they are, or how more or less hot they are than normal. He's also stubborn the way many real world nerds are, to the point of self-destruction where you want to choke them. Also, in third person I wouldn't have to listen to his rationalizations about how he's so awesome even while being self-deprecating. What's odd is the writing style has improved around Dresden, but the growth of the character is much slower. He certainly says "Hell's Bells" with a reduced frequency, but he's about as immature as he was in the first book. The pacing and the action packed set pieces really hold the book together. I nearly stopped near the middle because I simply have no patience for magical political intrigue from writers who don't seem to have that strong a grasp on politics, especially made up fantasy politics. Unless you are Frank Herbert or George R.R. Martin kindly stow that crap whenever possible. So I find myself considering, somehow, reading another Dresden book, since it's an easy read and reasonably amusing despite Dresden himself. But seriously, when is this crap wizard going to grow the hell up?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    There is a war going on between Red Court of Vampires and White Council of the Wizards started by none other than Harry Dresden. The vampires agree to end it if the Council surrenders Dresden to them. The Council is happy to end the war, but giving up one of their own would create a bad precedent. Dresden can convince the Council not to give him up by bringing an alliance with a fairy court (there are two, any one will do). The fairies give the alliance if Dresden can solve seemingly unrelated There is a war going on between Red Court of Vampires and White Council of the Wizards started by none other than Harry Dresden. The vampires agree to end it if the Council surrenders Dresden to them. The Council is happy to end the war, but giving up one of their own would create a bad precedent. Dresden can convince the Council not to give him up by bringing an alliance with a fairy court (there are two, any one will do). The fairies give the alliance if Dresden can solve seemingly unrelated murder which the police chalked off as an accident. The guy in question (Dresden) completely shut himself off from the world trying to find a cure for his girlfriend who slowly turns into a vampire. This is just a beginning - a couple of pages in the book. Things get more complicated further on. I liked this book much more than the previous three. Gone are rough edges and cliches of the first two books as well as daring escapes on every single page of the third one (the escapes get really old after a first dozen or so of them). It is not clear who the bad guy is until almost the end of the book. My only complaint: Michael mysteriously disappeared without any explanation, exactly the same way he mysteriously appeared from out of nowhere in the previous book. What is the deal with him? The book has 4 star rating. I will definitely read the next one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Really starting to enjoy this series. Props to Harry for finally starting to trust Murphy and stop making his life needlessly difficult with misapplied chivalry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Igor Ljubuncic

    Average, 3 stars. This is the fourth book in the series, and it's the first that I felt decidedly meh about. Overall, it's classic Dresden - mystery, supernatural powers, and such. So far so good. But that dude what helped him "mysteriously" in book 2 (or 3) is suddenly gone, and there's a new sidekick. I don't like these almost random additions. Then, this is the first book without a real investigative plot. It's about Harry being tired and harried by the evil faeries, and too many fight scenes Average, 3 stars. This is the fourth book in the series, and it's the first that I felt decidedly meh about. Overall, it's classic Dresden - mystery, supernatural powers, and such. So far so good. But that dude what helped him "mysteriously" in book 2 (or 3) is suddenly gone, and there's a new sidekick. I don't like these almost random additions. Then, this is the first book without a real investigative plot. It's about Harry being tired and harried by the evil faeries, and too many fight scenes against this and that monster. Also, throughout these supposedly cliffhanger scenes, there were rather childish metaphors and saying - like Harry doing a Road Runner meep-meep impression to an immortal being before running away. Speaking of cliffhangers, there were a million "charging at me" moments, and they get pretty boring quickly. It's like TV-cue-commercials scenes, where you see a car about to hit someone, but after the break, the scene rewinds ten seconds back, and the impeding doom takes forever to happen. It's like time and space extends by a good 10 seconds and 10 meters each time someone decided to attach Harry, and then he has time to contemplate for a full page before something happens. Every single time. There was some sloppy editing - almost identical copy-paste of words/phrases back to back, typos and such. Didn't see these in previous books. But using something like magic or faerie three times in ten words is a bit pushing it. I am not someone who gets attached to characters - especially not in 1st person book - but while I cared about Harry in books 1-3, here he is just a comic cardboard thing that recycles names of brands and cheap food and cliche sayings from the late 80s like it's a sponsored MTV clip. I know there are many more books in the Files, but if things continue this way, I won't continue. There was some improvement and fleshing out of the story, the character in the first three, but this one feels like an afterthought. First three book reviews: Storm Front Fool Moon Grave Peril Le songski - actually Dire Straits did it before me, so ... It's a mystery to me The game commences For the usual fee Plus expenses Confidential information It's in a diary This is my investigation It's not a public inquiry I go checking out the reports Digging up the dirt You get to meet all sorts In this line of work ... I hope the fifth book won't irk Igor

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Sven

    Another solid entry in the Dresden Universe. James Marsters as audio narrator has really come into his own since the first book to the point where I can't imagine anyone else being the voice of Harry Dresden. His rendition of other characters and creatures has just improved out of sight as well. The pace of this book took a bit of a hit compared to his previous books, with a large chunk of the middle taken up with a lot of dialogue and world building. We learn a lot about the fairy courts. And I Another solid entry in the Dresden Universe. James Marsters as audio narrator has really come into his own since the first book to the point where I can't imagine anyone else being the voice of Harry Dresden. His rendition of other characters and creatures has just improved out of sight as well. The pace of this book took a bit of a hit compared to his previous books, with a large chunk of the middle taken up with a lot of dialogue and world building. We learn a lot about the fairy courts. And I mean more than what we've learned about the vampire courts and white council in the previous three books combined. So far, in the previous few books, we got the world building on the fly without sacrificing pace or plot elements. That meant each book was light on world building, but cumulatively each subsequent book continued to build the lore and add details as we went. This book however, the pace takes a very noticeable pause. I have to admit, my attention was starting to wander for a bit there. Fortunately, in the last couple of hours Butcher really brings it home where all the action re heats up and it was worth it in the end. I felt the world building element was over heavy for this book on its own, but if combined with the books so far, then I have to say the Dresden Universe is really starting to fill out with some real depth developing. I'm trusting that in the context of the series as a whole this book has added some good material to contribute to the continuing story and world building/lore elements. Anyway, this story continues some nine months after the events of Grave Peril. The vampire Red Court as you can imagine is none to happy. Not only have they got contracts out on Harry but they have also gone to war with the White Council who are also none too happy with Harry. He's in a lot of trouble. In the meantime he has a murder to solve before all out cosmic war breaks out amongst the Fairy Summer and Winter Courts that threatens all sorts of nasties like an extended ice age or global outbreak of Ebola - things like that. So grab your sword cane and your blasting rod and prepare for Faerie-geddon. And don't forget Harry's warcry as you enter the fray - "I don't believe in faeries!" 4 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    4 Stars! This is urban fantasy, not romance, but I want to jump in the book, lay Harry flat out on his back, and have my way with him! What a yummy wizard! Another stand out installment in this series. A kick-ass plot, lots of laugh out loud moments, amazing world building, and the knowledge that there will be more, more, more! Loved Billy the Werewolf and his crew! Harry can't keep his eyes in his head when the female werewolves get naked...naughty wizard! James Marsters as narrator, makes this 4 Stars! This is urban fantasy, not romance, but I want to jump in the book, lay Harry flat out on his back, and have my way with him! What a yummy wizard! Another stand out installment in this series. A kick-ass plot, lots of laugh out loud moments, amazing world building, and the knowledge that there will be more, more, more! Loved Billy the Werewolf and his crew! Harry can't keep his eyes in his head when the female werewolves get naked...naughty wizard! James Marsters as narrator, makes this book come alive, one of the best audio voices out there. He nails it every time. His voice is a combination of rough, sultry, snarky, amusing, everything that embodies Harry Dresden's character. James Marsters you are music to my ears!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    I hadnt really like the previous 3 all that much but I was heavily convinced by a friend that I should. I'm glad I did. Great fun, the larger world is explored a little more, characters are fleshed out more. It seemed more together and it feels like Butcher is building towards something. Definitely going to continue with this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    So much better than the last 3.

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