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Summer Knight (Dresden Files) MP3 CD – 1 Apr 2014
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Praise for the Dresden Files
-Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.---Entertainment Weekly
-Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.---Midwest Book Review
-Superlative.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
-One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.---Cinescape
-Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry's wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.---Booklist (starred review)
-What's not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.---SF Site
-A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel's TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.---Library Journal
-What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].---The Washington Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The fourth case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard who gets into some seriously challenging situations. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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Top customer reviews
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.
But Harry just has a job to do, simple, find out who killed the summer knight of the faeries summer court, for the winter courts queen, who is bein blamed for the murder.! Like I said, simple.
Another gripping read that is impossible to put down.
Harry is struggling after Susan was turned part vampire and he is starting to downward spiral, except for the werewolves, who are helping him out. As always he's behind on his rent, in deep trouble and surrounded by enemies.
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 ›
But worry not -- "Summer Knight" does not descend to drooling over benevolent Tolkienian elves or airy Victorian sprites. Instead, Jim Butcher crafts his fourth Dresden Files adventure-fantasy with plenty of solid action, intriguing characters, wizardly backstabbing, and a brewing supernatural war with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It's clear that Butcher has hit his stride in this book, turning a merely solid urban fantasy series into one of the best.
It's been nine months since Harry's girlfriend was half-vampirized, and he's spent all that time trying to find a cure. Even worse, the White Council wizards are getting their butts kicked by the Red Court. Oh yes, and it's raining frogs.
The Council is hoping to hand him over to the Red Court in hopes of stopping the war, but he just accepted a case from Queen Mab -- find out who killed the Summer Knight, and stole his power. If he can solve the case, then the Council won't have him killed for peace. And as Harry prepares to do some major-league detective work, he finds an old friend is also involved -- Elaine, his first lover whom he thought he had killed as a teenager.
But Elaine isn't the most surprising thing about his new case -- he finds himself dealing with a little gang of half-fey, hostile wyldfae, pizza-loving sprites, and the various Sidhe royalty from the Summer and Winter Courts. And Harry and his friends are assaulted by some of the nastier creatures from the Nevernever, as he comes closer to finding who murdered the Summer Knight -- and who is trying to destabilize the entire world into eternal summer or winter.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is Jim Butcher in form. Funny and engaging like all his books I've read so far. Maybe if you read as many of these back to back as I have done they get a little repetitive,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once again Jim Butcher surpasses his previous work. If the trend continues I can only be hopeful for the rest of this series.Published 13 months 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 13 months 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 13 months ago by Tony B.
The Dresden books keep getting better and better - brilliant storytelling in a wonderful world setting. Love these booksPublished 17 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 17 months ago by Mr. Benjamin Watson