Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher


Small Favor

by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 10
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2008
E-book, from Library
420 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits. It figures. Everything was going too well to last…

Think of every fairy-tale villainess you’ve ever heard of. Think of the wicked witches, the evil queens, the mad enchantresses. Think of the alluring sirens, the hungry ogresses, the savage she-beasts. Think of them and remember that somewhere, sometime, they’ve all been real.

Mab gave them lessons.


Anybody with an ounce of sense knows that fighting someone with a significant advantage in size, weight and reach is difficult. If your opponent has you by fifty pounds, winning a fight against him is a dubious proposition, at best.

If your opponent has you by eight thousand and fifty pounds, you’ve left the realm of combat and enrolled yourself in Road-kill 101. Or possibly in a Tom and Jerry cartoon.


  • Harry is a character who grows and changes with each book. I like when an author does that with their main character.
  • Harry has a couple different groups of enemies in this book. He’s in a bad place almost constantly.
  • I like the allies Harry has gathered around him. They are a diverse group and not all of them show up in every book, but they’re strong allies. (Danya @ Fine Print blog commented on my review of Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire: “My favourite thing about long-running UF series is the inevitable transition from loner to part of a supernatural crew of buddies.” I hadn’t consciously thought of that, but she’s right.)
  • The various mythologies Jim Butcher introduces in The Dresden Files are different and interesting…the different types of vampires, the Denarians, the Knights of the Cross. The Fae are more familiar, but Mr. Butcher gives them interesting twists, too.
  • The Fae feature prominently in this book. Unseelie Queen Mab wants a favor from Harry and since he owes her two more favors he doesn’t have much choice. Mab is scary!
  • This book doesn’t deal with the White Council’s war with the Red Vampires.
  • I really like the ending of this book and look forward to what happens in the next book.


  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • With each book I’m hooked more and more. I love the fact there are so many books in the series. At first that was intimidating, but I’m enjoying reading the books so much that I’m really glad I haven’t caught up yet.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

No reading challenges for this book! 😦

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

10 thoughts on “Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher”

  1. I’ve had this series recommended to me a few times but have never made any effort to find out more about it. It definitely sounds like a fun series. I like that you’re still enjoying these books as much as the earlier books.


  2. I’m addicted to this series, largely due to the world building and my attachment to various recurring characters in addition to Harry himself. This book is one of my favorites in the series, as the Denarians are my favorite recurring villains. Do you have favorites when i comes to the characters that pop up from time to time?


    1. The world building is so good in this series, Jaime. The Denarians are very fearsome villains! Karrin Murphy is one of my favorites, of course. And Mouse and Mister are wonderful. I liked Billy the Werewolf from an earlier book, but we haven’t seen him for awhile.


  3. I so need to get back to this series. I read book one ages ago and enjoyed it but wasn’t quite hooked and started other series. But I do want to go back and give the rest a read. They do sound very entertaining 🙂


    1. Someone suggested starting with book 3 or 4 in the series and that’s what I did. I went back and read some of the earlier books later. That worked pretty well.


  4. This is a great series and looks like you are almost on the verge of some very big changes coming. The book after the next one is when the whole series goes kinda nuts (but ultimately in the good way 🙂 ) so I’m looking forward to your thoughts.


    1. I still have quite a few books to read to get caught up, too. It’s nice to know I’ve got quite a few books to read when I want something I know I’ll like.


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