Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Roc Hardcover.
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 15th book in the Dresden Files series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This was the fifteenth book in the Dresden Files and it was absolutely wonderful. The sixteenth book in this series will be titled Peace Talks and is scheduled for a 2015 release. This is one of my long time favorite urban fantasy series and this book was just as wonderful as the rest of the series has been. You definitely don’t want to start the series on this book, go back and start from the beginning.
Harry Dresden has spent a lot of time alone on the island of Demonreach. He has this parasite thing in his head and he is trying to fight it but it’s a losing battle. Then Mab shows up with an offer he can’t refuse, she will get rid of the parasite if Harry does her a small favor. Well Mab’s small favor ends up being a debt she owes to Nicodemus Archleone. Harry has to assist Nicodemus in one of his schemes and then Mab will help him. However what Harry doesn’t know is that Nicodemus wants to rob one of Hades’ vaults and what no one realizes is that this is all part of a much bigger larger plot.
This book was just as wonderfully complex and action packed as previous books in the series. I always have a bit of trouble reviewing these books because I love them so much.
A lot of time has passed since this book and the previous book in the series. Harry has been secluded most of that time. While he was secluded the lives of those he loved continued. His friends have been fighting for Chicago and they have been changing. Molly has undergone the largest changes, but Murphy and Butters have changed a lot as well. Michael was also back in the story with some assistance from the angel Uriel.
A lot of this plot ends up being a showdown between the Denarians and the Knights of the Sword. Butters plays a strangely large role and I am eager to see what happens next with his character. Harry gets to reunite with his daughter which had me nearly in tears. It also looks like a relationship between Harry and Murphy might be just around the corner.
Okay so as you can tell from the above, there is a lot going on here. This is a complex story with a lot of wonderful characters. This was a highly entertaining book that kept me engaged. I love all the action, magic, and interesting characters we meet.
Overall an absolutely wonderful addition to the Harry Dresden series. I always forget how much I love these books until I read the next one in the series and am blown away. The plot is complex and intriguing, there are a lot of layers to the story. I love the characters and really enjoy the magic throughout. This whole series is highly recommended to urban fantasy fans.