Can’t Wait Wednesday: Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Urban fantasy series about werewolves from one of my favorite authors

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Wild Sign

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha and Omega #6

Published by Ace Books

Publishing date: March 16

Genre: Urban Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous—and it has met werewolves before.

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I’ve read Patricia Briggs’s books for years and love them all! So happy to read what happens next in this series!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

A favorite series–werewolves, a coyote shifter, fae and other magical creatures

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Smoke Bitten

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #12

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 10, 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

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One of my favorite series! I’m caught up with this series and I eagerly wait each year for a book in the Mercy Thompson series or the Alpha & Omega series set in the same world.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I want to read . . .

. . . Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs because I love the two related series set in the same world that she writes–the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.

burn-bright-by-patricia-briggsBurn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Published by Orbit

Publishing date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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Charles and Anna are great characters and I want to see what has happened with them since the last book. I like the direction Patricia Briggs has taken this series with humans finding out just how scary the fae are as well as humans finding out about more of the supernatural world. This book sounds like there will be more about damaged and dangerous werewolves as well as scary witches.

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

fire-touchedFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Tri-cities area of Washington State
Published by Ace, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
352 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Initial impressions

  • A great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. This continues to be one of my favorite series. And this book is one of my favorites in the series.

The story

  • A troll on the bridge! Eating cars and people (I always knew I was right when I was afraid of trolls as a child!)
  • The werewolves come out to fight with Mercy joining in as well.
  • The story gets even more complex with the appearance of a human stolen by the fae a long time ago. He has some dangerous powers. And the fae want him back.
  • The story escalates from there!

Pluses

  • March is one of my favorite months of the year, because I can almost always count on a Patricia Briggs book. I love catching up with Mercy, Adam, the rest of the werewolf pack and other characters. I really like how characters grow and change in these books.
  • I love the relationship between Adam and Mercy. Ms. Briggs does a great job of showing their love and concern for each other.
  • The last Mercy Thompson book dealt with a volcano god and that has had lasting effects on the pack. Now they are dealing with fire again–and this will change their world even more.
  • I am glad to see Adam support Mercy so strongly.
  • This is a great story–lots of action and important plot twists.
  • I like the ongoing story arc with the fae and humans at odds. Lots of room for action on both sides. Is a war going to happen?
  • I’ve always liked that Mercy is a VW auto mechanic. That has always been a great job for her–shows her strengths and makes her more real. And throughout these books lots of action takes place at her garage. She’s doing repairs after the volcano god wrecked the garage.

Minuses

  • I’m ready for all the pack to finally fully support Mercy. There’s progress in this book, but I want to make sure that continues…lol. The pack isn’t a democracy after all.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I love the world Ms. Briggs has created and that she writes two different (sometimes intertwining) series set in this world.
  • I don’t like waiting for the next book, but I’m glad the quality of writing is so high. So take the time you need for this series, Ms. Briggs!

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

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels. In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson.
  • Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series.

Reading Challenges

Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

night broken_front mech.inddNight Broken
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2014
E-book, Purchased
341 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

“Don’t believe everything she says, okay? Don’t leave without talking to me.”

I turned around, and said, fiercely, “Never. Not even if I talk to you first. You aren’t getting away now, buster.”

He dove for my mouth. And when he was finished ensuring that neither of us was going to get much sleep for a while, he said, “Remember that. We’re both likely to be clinging to that thought by the time this is over.”

and

Adam snorted as he pulled on a faded green t-shirt that said “I Heart Coyotes.” Yet another sign that folding my clean clothes wasn’t too big a price to pay to make him happy. He didn’t have any “I Heart Christy ” shirts or I would have burned them already.

Likes

  • I love the characters and the stories Patricia Briggs writes.
  • The relationship between Adam and Mercy is so well written. There’s just enough romance in her books.
  • Not everyone likes Mercy and that helps keep the book interesting.
  • I like Coyote. He’s devious, loves to play tricks and not always around when Mercy needs his help.
  • The way Ms. Briggs weaves the myths and stories from many cultures in these books is great.
  • The walking stick which keeps coming back to Mercy is amusing.
  • The portrayal of the Fae and vampires in this series is interesting.
  • This series continues to get better and better. I like how the two series (Mercy Thompson series and Alpha and Omega series) Ms. Briggs is writing have overlapping plot lines. I like both series very much.
  • I really like the direction the story arc has taken in the past few books. This book hints at more to come!

Dislikes

  • I don’t like conflict very much so the beginning of the book introduces conflict with Adam’s ex-wife and I really didn’t want to read about Mercy having to put up with it. However, once I made myself get past that I loved the book.

Thoughts

This isn’t my favorite book of the series. I don’t like the conflict with Christy and the fact Mercy can’t fight back without looking petty. Christy is very good at manipulating people. Story-wise this makes for good conflict for Mercy to have to fight through, but I still don’t like it! However, this is still a very good book. 🙂

Have you read this book? How did you like it? How does it compare to the rest of the series for you?

Reading Challenges

2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

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Clean Sweep
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: urban fantasy
Published by Ilona Andrews, 2013
E-book, Purchased
200 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

In my experience, the ex-military guys came in two types. The first grew long hair, sprouted beards, and indulged in all the things they hadn’t been able do while they’d been in the armed forces. The second did their best to pretend they never got out.

and

The woman stared at the ruined body. Blood dripped from her arm. A fine spray of red covered her face –must’ve been cast off when she slammed down the cans. She wiped her face with her left forearm and kicked the stalker’s corpse with her sneakered foot. “Don’t mess with Texas.”

 What works for me

  • I love it! Just fun to read.
  • Ilona Andrews…a favorite author. This husband-wife team write such fun characters and interesting urban fantasy. As I read this I thought “they really enjoyed writing this. This was for fun.”
  • Not a book to take too seriously.
  • There’s a little romance. I like the chemistry between Dina and Sean and Dina and Arland. This isn’t really a love triangle (which I don’t like). Very low key…two guys interested…and she’s a little interested in them. Ilona Andrews does a good job making these characters interesting and likeable with an edge of danger.
  • The author is writing a sequel–Yay 🙂
  • Dina is a fun character. We haven’t found out everything about her which is great. I’m looking forward to more books and finding out more about Dina and the world she lives in.
  • The Innkeeper concept is interesting. It works and makes an interesting background for the story.

What doesn’t work

  • Nothing to report!

My thoughts

The authors released this book as a serial on their blog for free each week. I didn’t read it at that time. The book was for sale on Amazon when I found it. Ilona Andrews is again releasing the second book–Sweep in Peace–in the Innkeeper series as a weekly serial.

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

Reading Challenges

2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge (using a series square for this book).

Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne

hexedHexed
by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Del Rey, 2011
E-book, Purchased
320 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

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<Oh.> Oberon looked at me. <I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I’ll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn’t said a thing.>

Thanks, buddy, I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans.

<See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.”>

and

“…they’ll have to bring in Mulder an’ Scully, because there ain’t no CSI on the planet that’ll ever be able to explain this.”

 

What worked for me:

  • Once again, Oberon is a great character.
  • As the above quotes show, there’s humor and snark which I like.
  • Coyote is an interesting and powerful character.
  • The author does a good job with many different mythologies and giving his own twist.

What didn’t work:

  • I understand the slang is supposed to show Atticus blending in, but some of it’s silly.
  • I don’t feel a connection to these characters–other than Oberon…lol.

My thoughts:

I probably won’t pick up the next book in this series right away. I have other series I enjoy more right now.

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Have you read this series? How do you feel about it? Should I pick up the next book and read it right away?!!

Review: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

I read this book during Fraterfest Read-a-Thon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This was a fun read-a-thon and I managed to read two books during the five days of the read-a-thon! Fool Moon was a good choice because it takes place in October and is about werewolves!

Fool Moon
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden File series, #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2001
e-book, Library
421 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Harry Dresden–Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count…

 

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My magic. That was at the heart of me. It was a manifestation of what I believed, what I lived. It came from my desire to see to it that someone stood between the darkness and the people it would devour.

What I like about this book:

  • The many types of werewolves shown in this book–lycantrhopes, hexenwolves, werewolves, loup-garou.
  • The mysteries is interesting and kept me guessing for quite awhile. Even when I decided who must be behind the murders I didn’t realize the full extent.
  • Harry is an idealist. He doesn’t take the safe course if there’s someone who needs protecting.
  • Some of the same characters from the first book are in this book–Lt. Karrin Murphy, John Marcone, Susan Rodriguez.
  • There’s a bit of romance between Harry and Susan. Also a strained sort of friendship with Harry and Karrin Murphy.

What I don’t like:

  • By the time the book ends Harry thinks someone may be trying to kill him. However, when Harry has the chance to ask someone who might know who this is he doesn’t ask. (Although he did ask someone earlier in the book.)

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My thoughts: 

This is a good second book in the series. It hints that someone is trying to kill Harry. (Though the way that’s handled is one of the aspects I didn’t like.) I’m looking forward to the next book and I have that e-book on hold at the library. Since I’ve read books 4 and 5 in the series I know this series only improves as we go on!

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Do you read The Dresden Files series? Are you continuing to like them?

Review: Fair Game and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

I read both of these books in March and they are by the same author so I’m going to review them together.

Fair Game
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega, Book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Ace, 2012
E-book, purchased
304 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: It is said that opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant Alpha. While Anna, an Omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

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frost_burned_bigFrost Burned
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Ace, 2013
E-book, purchased
352 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

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These books both take place in the same world, but with different main characters. With both these books we are well into this world and these series and these characters. I’m not going to talk too much about the stories because if you haven’t read these series you need to begin at the beginning…mainly because you’re in for a real treat and have lots of great stories to read. But also these stories have an overall story arc as well as a complete story in each book.

Fair Game: The Alpha & Omega series is the newer series and features the werewolves Anna and Charles who are mates. This is the third book in the series and my favorite in this series so far. Anna and Charles travel to Boston to assist the FBI in finding a serial killer. The story is a good one and the relationship between Anna and Charles feels so real. Anna keeps Charles grounded, but he has shut her out emotionally because he’s his father’s enforcer. Every time he has to enforce the werewolf laws (sometimes having to kill a werewolf) he shuts down a little more.

This book is about finding the serial killer, interactions between the federal agents and the supernatural world, and Anna and Charles finding their way in their relationship. Helping the FBI in Boston seems like it will be a break from Charles’s usual work. However, this serial killer is targeting the preternatural. This isn’t exactly a vacation for Anna and Charles! This book also moves the story arc in the series in some surprising ways.

Frost Burned: These two stories are connected. This book (book 7 in the Mercy Thompson series) takes place several months after Fair Game ends and there have been a number of ramifications from the events which occurred in Fair Game.

While she’s shopping with her stepdaughter Jesse, Mercy realizes through their mating bond that Adam is angry and in pain. Mercy has to figure out what has happened to Adam and the pack. Again, the relationship between the main characters Mercy and Adam is very special. They love each other, Jesse and the werewolf pack. They are friends and they compliment each other. They help each other and their friends. Each are hurt in different ways, but they save each other. Mercy is a tough, competent woman and though she’s been through a lot both in this book and previous books she endures and comes back stronger. But she doesn’t do it alone. She has friends and loved ones who care about her just as she cares about them. That’s one of the things I enjoy about both these series–the relationships between the characters.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite author or series, but Patricia Briggs is certainly in my top 5!

Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

This is the first book I’ve read by Shelley Adina–sorry…this book is by Jim Butcher(!) and it’s listed with the Literary Escapism blog for the 2013 New Author Challenge.

SummerKnightSummer Knight
by Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files, book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Roc
E-book, from library
388 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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.

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I watched the Dresden Files when it was on the SciFi channel several years ago. I was sad when it was cancelled after the first season. I’ve been wanting to read this series for several years, but just hadn’t quite found the right time. When I saw some of the books were available as e-books from my library I knew it was a sign! Even though this is the fourth book in the series I’ve read it first because it was available first!

Even though this was the fourth book I didn’t have a problem picking up the threads of the book…perhaps because I had watched the TV show which has some of the same characters and aspects of the book. Things that happened earlier to Harry Dresden and other characters are referred to and I hope to go back and read the earlier books.

This book opens with a rain of toads which Harry and his friend Billy the werewolf are checking out. Harry needs to find out if the toads are magical or real. If they are real it’s more of a problem…showing that things are out of whack with the world. He does figure out the toads are real and also manages to survive an assassination attempt. All that in the first few pages!

Harry has to deal with the White Council (the wizards’ council) and the Faeries. He doesn’t want to deal with either, but quickly finds he has little choice. He also realizes he’s going to have a hard time coming out of this alive…both the Council and the Faeries threaten to kill him if he doesn’t succeed in finding the Summer Knight’s killer and clear the Winter Queen.

My Thoughts: I like urban fantasy with a strong main character, engaging supporting characters and a good mystery. Summer Knight has all these. I like Harry even when he’s depressed and sad at his inability to help his girlfriend (former girlfriend?) who was hurt in an earlier book. Harry has a strong set of ethics and tries to follow what he thinks is the right way even when it’s not the easy way. Not everyone likes him and a number of people think he’s dangerous and out-of-control. He doesn’t let that stop him from doing what he thinks he has to. However, he doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a great sense of the absurd. He’s very human.

I slammed the doors open a little harder than I needed to, stalked out to the Blue Beetle, and drove away with all the raging power the ancient four-cylinder engine could muster. Behold the angry wizard puttputt-putting away.

….I growled at myself. “Stop whining, Harry,” I said in a firm, loud voice. “So what if you’re tired? So what if you’re hurt? So what if you smell like you’re already dead? You’re a wizard. You’ve got a job to do….”

He’s also smart enough to be afraid, but also knows he has to step in and try to save the people he cares about or who’ve volunteered to help him. He has no allusions about the danger Faeries represent.

I leaned against my door with my eyes closed, trying to think. I was scared. Not in that half-pleasant adrenaline-charged way, but quietly scared. Wait-on-the-results-of-the-medical-tests scared. It’s a rational sort of fear that puts a lawn chair down in the front of your thoughts and brings a cooler of drinks along with it.

I was working for the queen of wicked faeries–well, Queen of Winter, of the Unseelie faeries, at any rate. The Unseelie weren’t universally vicious and evil, any more than the Seelie, the Summer fae, were all kind and wise. They were much like the season for which they had been named–cold, beautiful, pitiless, and entirely without remorse. Only a fool would willingly associate with them.

He got tangled up with the Faeries in the past and hasn’t been able to completely untangle himself. That’s how the Queen of Winter has trapped him…that and other past actions on Harry’s part have brought him to his present predicament–working for the Queen. During his investigation he meets people from his past as well as changelings and faeries. He faces many dangers and doesn’t always know who to trust. The mystery of who killed the Summer Knight and why he was killed is a good one. The book is well-written, the characters are interesting and complex and the world building is excellent.

I plan to read more books in this series and am so happy there are lots available to read! The 14th book–Cold Days–was published last November and the next book Skin Game doesn’t have a publishing date yet.