Book Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

91478Ugh… I’m addicted to these books. Good thing my husband just bought me a bunch more of the series for Christmas! I’ve read all of them, but I’m systematically re-reading them so I remember what  happened in the series by the time Jim Butcher finishes Peace Talks, the next book, a million years from now.

The Blurb

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…

My Take?

Reading this the second (er… maybe third) time around and I still absolutely loved this book!

Jim Butcher is the king of multiple interwoven plot-lines. This book begins with Harry still trying to save the love of his life from her vampire curse (which he can’t help but blame himself for), but life isn’t that simple for our poor wizard friend. The faerie queens are fighting for power and want to draw Harry into the fray to sort things out and prevent Chicago from facing a second ice age. On top of all this, the Red Court of vampires wants Harry’s head on a platter for his part in the death of a high ranking vampiress. Oh, and the White Counsel, a collection of the strongest wizards in the world, is also ready to punch Harry’s ticket. And then there’s a missing young woman…. because there’s always a damsel in distress. All of this craziness keeps readers on their toes as Harry leaps from the proverbial frying pan and into the fire in this fast-paced installment of the Dresden Files series.

Still following along? The list of characters continues to grow, introducing the main faerie courts and a handful of half-fae changelings, adding a whole new element to the always expanding world of the Dresden Files.We also meet several members of the White Counsel including Ebenezer, Harry’s no-nonsense guardian and an all-around good guy.

But we can’t forget our old friends. Bob the Skull is back and in his usual sarcastic and over-sexed form. Billy and the werewolves return, acting as furry back-up and adding some comic relief with their Dungeons and Dragons antics. Although Harry tends to be a tad bit chauvinistic in his attempts at chivalry, this book does a great job emphasizing kick-ass female characters. The faerie queens are some of the most powerful beings in the material plane of existence. And Murphy is especially awesome in this book, kicking faerie butt in all of her chain-saw wielding glory.

This book is a solid Five out of Five! Anyone looking for a mystery, gum-shoe, fantasy, faerie story, romance, urban fiction, action book, this might be perfect for you 🙂

 

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