A Novel of the Dresden Files
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“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves” (Cinescape), The Dresden Files pits Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, against the supernatural offenders that plague his world. In this eagerly-awaited stand-alone novel, Harry has an adventure that will strain his skills and his loyaties to their limits.
Harry Dresden’s life finally seems to be calming down. The war between the White Council of wizards and the vampiric Red Court has reached an uneasy détente. No one has tried to kill him for almost an entire year, and the worst problem he’s had lately is trying to figure out how to remove the stains on his carpeting. But just as he’s getting used to this pint-measure of peace, the past comes back to take a long, cold draft of it.
An old bargain has put Harry in debt to Mab, the exquisitely beautiful—and exquisitely cruel—queen of the Winter Court of the Sidhe. Harry still owes Mab two favors, and it’s time to pay one of them off. Just one small favor he can’t refuse—and when he finally gets a job from the Chicago PD, he’ll find himself trapped between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally.
It figures. Everything was going too well.
Hardcover Book : 432 pages
Publisher: Roc/Imp Of Nal Signet ( April 01, 2008 )
Item #: 12-572279
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Jim Butcher creates an atmosphere of Armageddon, in my new favorite book of The Dresden Files series. Mab calls in one of her favors that Harry owes the Sidhe, Queen of Air and Darkness. Harry can not refuse Mab on this one, because of the SI crime scene investigation of a building torn by ritual magic. And not just any magic, but Very Powerful ritual magic. Together, Harry and Murphy are drawn into an investigation for the missing person/Baron/criminal, Marcone. Taxied by Thomas, and with the aid of the Knights Michael and Sanya, Harry gets in way over his head, (as usual), when he must battle the Denarians, Summer’s gruff brothers, and himself, (with two black eyes and a broken nose), all while trying to save the kidnapped Marcone and tortured Ivy. With the overwhelming fear of the Denarians’ possession of the Archive, more is revealed about Ivy, her role, her childhood, and her parentage. Also, Nicodemus’ conversations clues Harry in finding who is behind the Black Council. Harry will barter everything he has, including the sword Fidelacchius and their advantage in their collection of the silver coins, in order to try and stop the long term, destructive plans of Nicodemus. Harry shifts his romantic eye away from Murphy and onto Luccio, which I do not care for at all. Table conversations with Luccio will show a secret that Dresden is hiding from the White Council about Bob. With the realization that the war between the Knights and Denarians can finally come to an end soon, Michael sees that he can simply be a father and husband to his family. Or, will a life altering accident allow the possible archangel to continue to be a Knight wielding Amoracchius? Can Harry repay the favor to Uriel, whom his godmother has warned him about?
Reviewer: Jimmy W
I am hooked on the Dresden series. Each book in the series is filled with plot twists at a roller coaster pace, keeping me riveted to pages. I eagerly await the next in the series.
Reviewer: Barbara C
In all of the Harry Dresden novels. Jim Butcher has created caracters that tend to strike nerves with the reading audience as everyone who reads his work can relate in some way to them. This book is no different. I have to admit Mab is possibly one of my favorite "bad girls" she has absolutely no sympathy for Harry or anyone else for that matter and Jim Butcher has done a wonderful job of re-inventing her for this book.
Reviewer: Cindy W
So what if Harry's fighting an enemy from before? The nickelheads are great enemies and I like it when Harry teams up with Michael. Plus Jim Butcher added a bit more depth to Ivy and Kincaid. The ending was a tad disappointing in that it seemed a bit hurried but it did have a bit of the usual give and take with Dresden endings (the good guys are behind in one area but ahead in another). At least Harry finally got himself a girl. I mean four years!
In "Small Favor", Jim Butcher again captures the unique talents of Wizard Dresden - his clumsiness, his stubborness, his selflessness and his compassion for his fellow man. Even when beseiged by overwhelming odds he will not falter, defending the population without them even knowing they need it. With his friends assisting him, he blunders his way into every dangerous, delightful and different situation and comes out with bruises and injuries a plenty but alive and ready to continue his next battle, emerging victorious but mentally drained. I thoroughly enjoy every "WIZARD" and look forward to the next with eager anticipation.