Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book Four Paperback – 6 Oct 2005
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Highly recommended (SFFWorld.com)
Fast paced and tightly plotted, Summer Knight delivers the kind of action-packed adventure Jim Butcher's fans have come to expect (SFSite.com)
Arguably the finest urban fantasy series being written at the moment (Bookgeeks.co.uk) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The fourth case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard who gets into some seriously challenging situations.See all Product Description
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The Summer Knight of the title has been killed, and Harry's faerie godmother has given over Harry's debt (from Grave Peril) to the Winter Queen, who has been accused of killing the Knight. Winter has much to gain by the death of someone who holds a portion of Summer's power, the power which has not travelled to the next vessel once the Knight died, but is no missing, lost. The balance of power between Summer and Winter has shifted, and they are no longer equals. A battle of potentially apocalyptic proportions is about to begin. You'd think things couldn't get much worse for Harry, but you should know better!
I find with each book in the Dresden Files that Harry continues to grow and develop. His girlfriend left some months earlier after being infected by the Red Court, and Harry is obsessed with finding a cure for her. His friends the werewolf pack are worried about him, as is Murphy. Murphy herself retains some damage from the battle with the Red Court - another whip of guilt for Harry to flog himself with.Read more ›
It's an enjoyable trip into this world again and it's nice to see that the characters are living with the repercussions of the previous story rather than being like toys taken back out of the box for a new day.
A good chunk of back story is also revealed for the main character, although I couldn't tell if all of it was a sudden surprise revelation or something that I'd read before in the earlier books.
There were elements though that didn't grip me as much. I'm not sure if it's just that the genre doesn't quite excite me enough, or whether it was that there are a few similarities to other books that I've read from other series. I think that the naming of some of the characters didn't help - there are a set of six new characters here that all seemed to have similar names and I kept getting lost as to which the narrator was talking about.
Overall, I thought that this was okay. I'm not sure I've got enough invested in the series to make it really gripping, and perhaps I need to ensure I don't leave such a long gap between episodes in future.
I just hope that Jim Butcher maintains this standard with the next book. Having become a little disenchanted with the series post Grave Peril after Summer Knight I will once again be keen to find out.
Oh, and as always, word to the wise; if you're new to Harry Dresden buy Storm Front first and work through the series in order. The central stories of each book might work in isolation, but understanding what has gone before is important to the enjoyment of the books.
This all makes for another enjoyable Dresden adventure, full of the usual sardonic wit, twists and turns and plenty of action. It doesn't quite hold the tension that the previous novel, Grave Peril, did, and that's maybe because it seems like a pause for thought before the series gets back to the main plot, a bit of light fluff before things get dark again. This one's all about Dresden proving himself to the White Council so that they don't throw him to the lions - or vampires, in this case. It moves at a fairly breakneck pace, which helps a lot, and it really doesn't overstay its welcome, plus it brings back the Alphas, which is good, and involves Murphy a lot more heavily, which is also good.
I'm told that the series gets better and better from here on out, in which case I can't wait to read the next one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again Jim Butcher surpasses his previous work. If the trend continues I can only be hopeful for the rest of this series.Published 1 month ago by Sam A
Another fantastic read from the talented Jim butcher... Would deffo recommended to anyone who loves supernatural trillers with a twist!!Published 1 month ago by yummymummy
I'm a new addict. Great work Mr B. My favourite so far... I'm going straight onto the next in the series.Published 1 month ago by Tony B.
The Dresden books keep getting better and better - brilliant storytelling in a wonderful world setting. Love these booksPublished 5 months ago by Pete in UK
I'm a fan. I love Chicago so I enjoy that aspect. The real selling point is that the series is a good easy read but never lazy with it's plot and action.Published 5 months ago by Mr. Benjamin Watson
The fourth in the Dresden Files series, Summer Knight has been on my to be read shelf for a while. I fell in love with this series when my boyfriend bought me the first book for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather Lawson