“Loved the end.”Angel wrote this review Saturday, May 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Harry is back and involved in Sidhe plots which is never going to end well. Butcher's books are still awesome.”Felicity F wrote this review Saturday, May 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Huh, wasn't expecting that particular ending. I like it when I get surprised like that! This is the latest in the Dresden Files, and it didn't let me down. I've really enjoyed all the books so far, and I can't wait for the next one to come out!”spirolim wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved that Thomas has more of a role here, but honestly I really hate the new dynamic of Harry and Karrin and although there were some things that I really did see happening waay from the start of the book, as Mab said, you have to be good chess player in this game.”o8oyCe wrote this review Saturday, April 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked this one much better than the last one! Harry is back and of course instantly in trouble. New person in his life, Sarissa, that helped with his physical therapy. He reconnects with Thomas, Molly, Butters, Mac, and of course Kerrin. He also has to learn how to use the Winter Knight's mantle and save Chicago from going up 'like Mt St. Helen's'. We got to see Mouse, but where's Monster?”Tami H wrote this review Saturday, March 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book like all of the Dresden books”Michael Mcvay wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Harry is back!!! And I mean this in every way that counts. Sure, he works for Queen Mab...but he is back”scrapper wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Harry Dresden falls deeper into the intrigues of the Winter and Summer Courts of the faerie folk in the news book in the series. He has returned from the dead, thanks largely to the assistance of Queen Mab of the Winter Court. He is now serving as her Knight, and he has been given a difficult assignment. She wants him to kill Maeve, the Winter Lady and Mab's daughter. This would seem to be impossible since Maeve is also immortal.
Harry returns to the regular world to find that his friends are quite changed. Molly, his apprentice, has gotten past much of the darkness she had fallen into upon his death, and she is showing a great deal of talent. His brother Thomas, a White Vampire, is more than willing to help Harry as usual. Many of Harry's other Scooby gang members are back for more fun.
Harry has more on his hands than settling back in life and learning to live as one of Mab's servants, a group of people who are generally spoiled by their connection to the power they wield. It turns out that his connection to Demonreach, an island in the lake abutting Chicago is going to cause him no shortage of trouble.
It turns out the island is an ancient prison for the darkest and most powerful creatures, and it is set to explode. This would definitely take out the city of Chicago and even more. To make matters worse, Harry only has about a day to sort it out or all is lost.
I do have to admit that I always struggle a bit when Harry is dealing primarily with the Fae. I find the stories a little less interesting. As a result, this book has a little bit going against it from the start. While I liked the story, I did find that it could have been tightened up a bit. It really takes place in a little more than a day, but it is also a lot of talking about what has happened and what might happen, which bogs down the story quite a bit. It doesn't ruin the story, but it could have been better.
The book does have the typical ironic and sassy humor that I love. There are also a lot of pop culture references, which is part of the strength of the series. SciFi and Fantasy fans can't help but love the books because of all the reference Dresden and his friends make.
I am definitely looking forward to the next book, though I do wish Butcher would back off a bit from the major epic, armageddon-like storylines, and deal more with paranormally-connected mysteries. Like so many of Marvel and DC storylines, the larger-than-life feel for the stories is actually getting a bit old.”
“Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, fans of the Dresden Files, people who enjoy stories involving the Sidhe
My Thoughts: First of all, if you haven't read any of the previous books, be aware that the synopsis below is absolutely full of series spoilers. Won't spoil this book, but then again, if you haven't read the previous books, you really have no business reading the review for the latest, now, do you? So, be aware, and don't come crying to me about spoilers. You have been warned.
So, this book was, to a large degree, the most hilarious in several books. And the most tense. Things are ugly—very ugly—but you know Dresden. The uglier it becomes, the mouthier he grows. I really enjoyed the Cat Sith; what a great character!
There were a few places that didn't make much sense to me. Like, when Thomas and Harry were under fire on the boat, why didn't Harry put up a shield to block the bullets? (Trying to be vague here to avoid too many spoilers) Little things like that.
But all in all, this was an awesome book. I'm so bummed to be finished with the series until the next comes out! There are questions left unanswered that I really, really want to know about. This is a fast-moving story, mostly taking place over a single day (the first three months are heavily condensed), but an absolutely awesome story. Love it! More please, now!
Disclosure: I purchased this book new in hardcover for myself. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.
He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.
Guess which Mab wants first?
Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.
Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…