Can’t Wait Wednesday: Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Long running urban fantasy series featuring magic, wizards, vampires, werewolves, fae and great stories

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 . . .

Peace Talks

by Jim Butcher

Series: The Dresden Files #16

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: July 14

400 pages

Synopsis: When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

………………………….

This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and it has been a few years since Jim Butcher wrote a new book in the series. And I have several books to read so I’m ready for this one!

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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by Naomi Novik
Series: Unknown
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Del Rey, 2015
Library book
438 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

“It was all right when I did it,” I said, “but when you did it, it was wrong. As though–you were following a trail, but a tree had fallen down in the meantime, or some hedge grew up, and you insisted on continuing on anyway, instead of going around it–”

“There are no hedges!” he roared.

“It comes, I suppose,” I said thoughtfully, speaking to the air, of spending too much time alone indoors, and forgetting that living things don’t always stay where you put them.”

He ordered me from the room in stiff fury.

Cheers

  • I love this fantasy. Such a good book and so fun to read.
  • The author grew up listening to Polish fairy tales and with this story she pays her respect to that beginning.
  • I also love the cover of this book. I think it’s my favorite of the year so far.
  • I like the way Ms. Novik took a story, a trope about young women given to a dragon–and completely changes it. It’s still a fairy tale just not the one we think it is. I love the opening sentences: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice . . . .”
  • A book of magic–wizards and witches–and some kind of alien evil in the woods. And different types of magic which neither group understands.
  • This isn’t a young adult fantasy even though the main character is just 17.
  • The friendships (or lack of them) in this book are so important to the story. Especially the friendship between Agnieszka and Kasia.
  • I like that the romance in this story is not the focus. I’ve mentioned before I like my fantasy without a lot of romance.
  • I like the mysteries in this fantasy. What exactly is the Wood? How and why does it do the things it does? What is happening in the capital? What does the Dragon do to keep the valley safe? Why does he take a young woman from the valley every ten years?
  • The answers to all these questions make a great story.
  • Every part of this story is wonderful. I recommend this story to anyone who likes fantasy. And even those who think they don’t!

Jeers

  • I would love to read more books set in this world.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I recently found His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik in a box of books I was sorting to donate to my library. That makes me happy! I’ve had the book for quite awhile and now I really want to read it now that I’ve had a taste of Ms. Novik’s writing.

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

Author info

  • Naomi Novik lives in NYC with her husband and many computers. She grew up listening to Polish folk tales. Her first novel–His Majesty’s Dragon–was published in 2006. This was the first book in the Temeraire series about the Napoleonic Wars–but with dragons! And now she has written Uprooted–an entirely different fantasy.

Reading Challenges

Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

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by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #11
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2009
E-book, Library
540 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules.

Like Harry.

So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council, and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog.

Like Harry.

Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head.

Like Harry…

Cell phones were like those security guys in red shirts on old Star Trek: as soon as something started happening, they were always the first to go.

and

Colonel Mustard, in the den, with the lead pipe.

Now all I needed was a clue.

No pressure, Harry.

Cheers

  • Lots happens in this book.
  • This is one of my favorites of the series so far.
  • I like the Edinburgh setting of parts of this book.
  • Even though I figured out the traitor I didn’t realize all the ramifications of it.
  • Harry has lots of great allies. The werewolves, the pixies, Karrin Murphy–he knows how to be a good friend and is willing to put his life on the line for his friends and allies.
  • He has a code of honor which the rest of the White Council doesn’t have.
  • Many twists and turns in this book and by many characters.
  • I’m glad this book moves the overall arc of the series forward.
  • There are sad portions in this book–I admit I shed some tears.
  • We find out more about Morgan’s background and history.
  • I love the humor in these books…the banter between characters, in Harry’s thoughts and his taunting the bad guys at inconvenient places! Other characters get good lines sometimes and even the bad guys have their moments.
  • Mouse and Mister continue their awesomeness–mostly Mouse who is amazing!

Jeers

  • I figured out who the traitor was early in the book. However, it didn’t take away my enjoyment of  the book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I hope to read the next book in the series soon!

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

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

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Dirty Magic
by Jaye Wells
Series: Prospero’s War #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit, 2014
E-book, purchased
381 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she’d never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero’s about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

The swoosh and thump from the potion vending machine hinted that one of my colleagues was helping himself to a late-night energy potion. I always found it ironic how many cops justified using clean magic to fight the dirty kind. . . . Black versus white, legal versus illegal. But anyone who cooked potions could tell you the line between the two was little more than vapor. Whether you used it with good intentions or ill, magic was magic, and instead of being black or white, most of it was smoke-screen gray.

Cheers

  • I liked the book a lot more than I expected.
  • The world building really works for me. I feel like the author came up with an idea and then kept asking herself how would this change the world we know. And our world is changed a lot. This world has magic, wizards, potions, addicts.
  • I like that Kate has been a police officer. Though she hasn’t had an easy time in the police force–both because of her family and because she’s an Adept.
  • Kate jumps at a chance to improve herself by trying to join a task force.
  • I like the little details Wells adds to this world–left-handed people are more likely to be Adept.
  • This world was totally turned upside down when it was discovered that potions could change and affect people.
  • Now there are potion junkies.
  • The author had fun naming some of the potions–Excalibur for an energy potion, for example.
  • This is a dark and scary world. I can see lots of possibilities for future books.

Jeers

  • I thought a certain character was involved in the new potion early on, but this character isn’t thought about by the characters until nearly the end of the book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is another new urban fantasy series and I didn’t expect for it to stand out from all the others enough that I would want to read the next book. But I do!

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

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book with magic)
  • COYER Winter Reading Challenge–hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Demon King
by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Seven Realms, Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Hyperion Books, 2009
E-book from Library
506 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her—including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

Raisa felt relieved, yet oddly disappointed. She was the blooded princess heir, yet in servants’ clothes she was apparently unrecognizable. In the stories, rulers had a natural presence about them that identified them as such, even dressed in rags.

What’s the nature of royalty, she wondered. Is it like a gown you put on that disappears when you take it off? Does anyone look beyond the finery? Could anyone in the queendom take her place, given the right accessories? If so, it was contrary to everything she’d ever been taught about bloodlines.

Cheers

  • I like the magic and mysticism in this world.
  • History is very important in this book. The book is quite different than I thought it would be. I expected to read about a demon leading his kingdom into war.
  • Raisa questions things about her life and I like that.
  • Raisa’s mother isn’t a very strong queen and her father is often absent, but Raisa is determined to go her own way and rule wisely.
  • Han “Cuffs” is also an interesting character. He was a thief and has stopped. He tries to keep his sister away from the streets and the gangs and to support his mother and sister. Han discovers he isn’t who he thought he was.
  • Raisa and Han discover what they “know” about their country and its history might not be true.
  • Other characters are interesting, too, and I want to know more about them–Fire Dancer, Amon. Fire Dancer’s mother.

Jeers

  • I like the characters a lot, but thought the story was a little slow at times.. However, that doesn’t keep me from wanting to read book 2!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I want to read the second book in this series when I get a chance!

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

  • The 2014 New Author Reading Challenge hosted at the Literary Escapism blog.
  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

 

Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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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.

and

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.

Cheers

  • 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.

Jeers

  • 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! 😦

Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

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White Night
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2007
E-book, Purchased
416 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…

 

…and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There’s the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There’s the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn’t give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life as they grow and learn. There’s the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you are very, very lucky, there are a few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don’t feel it.

Cheers

  • I enjoy this series a lot. Harry is a great character and I enjoy all the different characters which populate this world.
  • I like how Harry thinks about things–his ironic wit, his cynical look at the world he lives in, his open-eyed courage as he walks into danger.
  • This isn’t the book to read first if you’ve never read this series before. In the earlier books it isn’t necessary to start with book 1, but I think you should start with one of the first five and then maybe go back and read some of those first books (that’s what I did, BTW.)
  • I’ve read and reviewed this series more than any series since I started my blog a little over a year ago. (I’ve read more by other authors, but not since I started my blog).

Concerns

  • The last book brings up the possibility of a white council conspiracy. It’s mentioned in this book, but not much happens on that front.

Conclusions

  • In less than a year I’ve read eight books in this series. I enjoy each book which is a complete story, but I also like the overall story arc which begins practically with the first book–the war between the red vampires and the white council and maybe a conspiracy within the white council.
  • I’m always ready to begin the next books, but I try to space them out a little so I don’t run out of books too quickly!

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

This book is eligible for the following reading challenge:

  • The Book Bingo Challenge.

Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

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by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2006
E-book, Purchased
403 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it’s all in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob….

I was fairly sure that my day couldn’t get much worse.

No sooner had I thought it than there was a horrible crunching sound, and my head snapped back hard against the headrest on the back of the driver’s seat. The Beetle shuddered and jounced wildly, and I fought to keep it under control.

You’d think I would know better by now.

and

I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.

 Likes

  • Mouse continues to be a wonderful character. Very heroic.
  • I like the horror movie convention.
  • Thomas finally leaves after about two years living with Harry, but is mysterious about where and what he is doing.
  • We get to see more of Karrin Murphy in this book. She’s a favorite character of mine.
  • Michael and his family show up again in this book and we find out more about them.
  • Lots of White Council and various members of the Council plus their war with the Red Vampires.
  • A hint for future books–is there a traitor in the White Council?
  • Some of the book takes place in the Nevernever and with the Faeries there and in Dresden’s Chicago. I like that.

 Dislikes

  • A reader knows what they’re getting in this series. I like that, but some readers might get tired of the predictability. I like Harry, his friends and his world too much to worry very much about it.

Thoughts

  • The series is urban fantasy with a mystery (or mysteries) to solve–in this case the mystery at the horror movie convention.
  • The war with the vampires (the ongoing story arc through most of this series) continues in this book.
  • This is one of my favorite books of the series so far. Harry is more proactive and positive in this book and works with quite a few different people on different problems. Some of the people like him and some don’t—business as usual!
  • I’m looking forward to seeing where these books are going since we get some intriguing hints for future books.

Have you read books in this series? How do you like them?

Reading challenges

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. I’m placing this book in one of my series squares.

Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book will go into the New Book square.

broken-homesBroken Homes
by Ben Aaronovitch
Series: Peter Grant, Book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW, 2014
E-book, Purchased
324 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame — whatever that is.

Truth be told, there’s a lot I still don’t know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England’s wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician’s apprentice. But even he doesn’t have all the answers. Mostly I’m just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man — a man whose previous encounters I’ve barely survived. I’ve also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.

But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there’s a connection to the Crawley case, I’ll be entering some tricky waters of juristiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.

Just the typical day for a magician constable.

We’d considered wearing uniforms but Lesley said, what with her mask and everything, she’d look like a plastic cop monster from Doctor Who. I managed to restrain myself from telling her their real name.

and

“You know,” said Zach, “until you came along I used to be the local loose cannon. Now people have started warning me about the dangers of associating with you.”

What works for me:

  • I like the mysteries and police work in these stories.
  • I like the way magical spells build on one another. That seems logical! Peter and Lesley have to learn them in order.
  • The characters are many and varied–Peter, Lesley and Nightingale; Zach and the many characters we see at the spring Court of the God and Goddess of the Thames.
  • I like the buildings which play a big part in this book even if they aren’t real buildings in London.
  • Nightingale, Peter and Lesley are still searching for the “Faceless Man.” I like this overall plot arc.
  • A big surprise at the end of the book.

What doesn’t work:

  • The book ended in a kind of cliffhanger. I want the next book now!

My thoughts:

For me this series gets better and better. The characters and mysteries are interesting. I like the London setting. I’m really looking forward to the next book. I hope this time it is published in the U.S. at the same time as in England.

Are you reading this series? How do you like it?

 

Review: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

I’m participating in the TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog. I’ve had this Audible version of Blood Rites on my Kindle Fire for a long time! When I came across it as I was browsing my Audible books I realized it was the next book in the series so I promptly started listening.

I’m also participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. Since this is an Audible audiobook it also fits with the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs.

blood-ritesBlood Rites
by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2004
Audiobook, Purchased
372 pages (13+ hours)
Grade: B+
Narrator Grade: B+
Synopsis: For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse-but it’s the women around him who are dying.

Harry’s even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas-his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out. But Harry is about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking revelation that will change his life forever…

Over the course of many encounters and many years, I have successfully developed a standard operating procedure for dealing with big, nasty monsters.

Run away.

and

“I wish I worried about my uncle’s opinions, and had problems to work out with my mom. Hell, I’d settle for knowing what her voice sounded like.” I put a hand on her shoulder. “Trite but true—you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. People change. The world changes. And sooner or later you lose people you care about. If you don’t mind some advice from someone who doesn’t know much about families, I can tell you this: Don’t take yours for granted. It might feel like all of them will always be there. But they won’t.”

What worked for me:

  • I like the beginning of the book with Harry rescuing puppies! The puppy in this book is very cute and since I like dogs and cats I always like hearing about Harry’s cat Mister and now he seems to have a puppy. Very nice!
  • The movie at the center of this story is an “adult” movie which makes sense based on the facts of the story. I found it kind of funny when Harry discovers this.
  • In this book Harry finds out things about his personal life and family–some good and some bad.
  • We also see more of Murphy in this book and learn about her family and her insecurities. I like we learn more about secondary characters as the books continue.
  • Like any good series as Harry learns about people in his life it sometimes feels like betrayal to him. Sometimes he doesn’t quite know how to react. All very true-to-life reactions.
  • We find out more about things which happen in earlier books. I like the overall arc going on.
  • I like the narrator, James Marsters. He has a good voice for the stories.
  • We find out more about the different types of vampires. Jim Butcher has created an interesting world with lots of different supernatural beings.

What didn’t work:

  • Though I like James Marsters’ narration I think I missed some of the nuances so I’m going to stick to the books after this. I listen to audiobooks while I’m doing other things–cooking dinner, cruising the internet, working on cards so my full attention isn’t always on the book.

My thoughts:

I like the direction the books are going. They are more complex with more characters. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Have you read any books in this series? How do you like them?