Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: Paperback, 371
Opening Lines: "It rained toads the day the White Council came to town."
"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 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 in his solving this case. No pressure or anything . . ."
~ Jacket copy
Thoughts: After the initial two books of the series, the Dresden Files have gotten better and better. But I find myself sitting in front of my computer at a complete loss for words *^_^*
Okay, what I didn't like: The fact that Harry can somehow thwart these superhuman things that even he comments are impossible. And his ability to take beatings that are insanely ridiculous and never get seriously injured.
The Good: The characters are always well thought out and engaging. For the most part, it never really feels like Butcher throws a new character into the books without giving them time to be fleshed out. He also puts a lot of thought into Harry's surroundings. I felt as though I could actually see Chicago-Over-Chicago.
The White Council are bitches. Morgan needs his ass handed to him. I miss Susan.
The book was fun and hard to put down. Since I'm reading a requested review at the same time, I need to devote more time to that, but I found myself picking up the Dresden book whenever I could justify it! Even though I enjoyed it, the ending was insane! The wizard sitting down with a pack of werewolves to role play was like a geek's wet dream. Okay, we all know we're geeks when we're reading the Dresden Files, but that was geeking in out too far for me!
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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