Author(s): Jim ButcherDownload
For the 1st printing edition of this ISBN, see here.HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARDLost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other EntertainmentEver 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. No pressure or anything…
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This is the fourth book in the Dresden Files Series. I was just in awe with this book! Also I love the character development. I just wish that Bob had a bigger part in the series.I just love Bob! The books so far seem to get better and better.
The villains are varied and enjoyable, and pulled from fairy tales and legends. They include mean plant monsters, psycho fairies, pixies, unicorns and more.
Harry Dresden, professional wizard, has practically become a recluse since he lost his girlfriend. A little less than a year ago, his girlfriend was bitten by a vampire. Although he retrieved her–incidentally setting off a war between the vampires and wizards–despite desperate attempts to help her that drive him into near psychosis, he can’t restore her humanity.
But when the sky starts raining toads and the White Council of Wizards comes to town, Harry is forced to snap out of his misery and self-loathing. The wizards aren’t thrilled about the war Dresden set off, and decide that the best way to end it is to throw Dresden to the vampires, unless he solves the case brought to him by a terrifying new client: Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Fey. To stop himself from becoming a reconciliation gift to the vampires, Harry must solve the murder of the human champion of Summer and prove that Mab is innocent of the crime. With only a band of teenage werewolves, a pizza-loving fairy, and his friend, Lt. Karrin Murphy, to help him, Dresden must solve the crime before the fairies go to war with Chicago as ground zero. And of course, that’s when things start getting complicated: an old flame pops up on his doorstep, begging him for help, a changeling girl has gone missing and Harry’s guilted into taking the case, and there’s a killer ghoul–not to mention a chlorofiend (plant monster)–out for Harry’s blood. Harry is in for a wild, fantastic, and above all, entertaining ride.
I never considered reading about faeries, but it was a mandatory thing for me to do so because I really like the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is no doubt one of my favorite fictional characters. Witty and crazy will always be a perfect match.
This novel was about faeries, and thrones. I really enjoyed how Butcher portrayed both. I’ve never read anything faerie related so I had no background knowledge of them. Based on the first three novels, Butcher is known for putting his own twists in the supernatural creatures. He makes them his own, and it works most of the time. I like his portrayal of the faeries, and it makes me want to read more of them. Main reason would be to know if he made his own shit up again, but also because he made them sound so damn interesting in the first place.
This fourth installment in the series was face paced and consistent. I can’t remember any slow points in the middle of the novel. The characters were great as usual, with an addition of a few new great ones. There were good and bad faeries, and both were great characters. I was not expecting to like faeries more than ghosts, but Butcher made them seem so cool. While the third novel was better overall, the creatures in this novel were a bit better.
4.25/5 stars. While it was such a fast read because it was so enjoyable, I was still a bit disappointed with the ending. I didn’t find it phenomenal, but honestly I haven’t read a good ending written by Butcher based on the four novels I’ve read of his. But aside from the ending, there’s nothing more I can complain about. This series keeps improving. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, then you’re missing out a lot.
Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire, is in the thick of it. He’s started a war between the vampires and wizards and the White Council is not happy about it. And, there’s the small matter of his former girlfriend, Susan, who’s been infected with vampire blood.
Can he save her from a terrible fate? Can he save himself?
Then, there’s Karrin Murphy, the head of the supernatural department at the Chicago PD. She’s suffering from nightmares caused by the last adventure that Harry brought to her doorstep. Will she be able to pull herself together long enough to help the wizard save the world?
Add to these troubles vengeful fairies, a handful of changelings, pizza-loving pixies, werewolves and, of all things, Dungeons and Dragons! The Summer Knight is a rollicking entry in The Dresden Files.
My one complaint: more Bob. That is all.
Recommended for urban fantasy readers, MMORPG players and people who believe or want to believe in fairies.
That was so much fun! I wasn’t convinced about this series before – it was nice enough to read but Dresden got on my nerves so bad with his white knighting and his deciding who gets to know what and who is capable of protecting themselves (hint: women aren’t). But this time around I really enjoyed it, very much so. A lot of that enjoyment comes from James Marsters’ absolutely brilliant performance that lend Dresden a humanity and humility that I didn’t see before. The voice work fits the character brilliantly and I cannot imagine a better person to read this story (I love Buffy a lot, so that probably helped). I will definitely listen to the next books instead of reading them and I am so glad I discovered the audiobook.
Still reeling from the events of the last book, Harry Dresden is at his absolute worst, a mess, when he gets sucked into a war between the two Fairy Courts. As usual, the odds are stacked against him, but this time around he actually accepts help and I appreciated this. I think that this was the best story yet, as Dresden is finally learning from the disasters he lived and is becoming a much better person to spend time with as a reader.
I love the world Jim Butcher has created here with all the different kinds of creatures with different moralities (or none) and different cultures. It feels real and lived in and vast in a way that I really appreciate. Lately I have been enjoying Urban Fantasy more, as genre I struggled with in the past, and I am so pleased with this – because there are so many books in this series and I love being abl to spend a lot of time with characters I have grown fond of.
Yet again on a reread, a Harry Dresden book goes from 4 to 5 stars.
This book was all action and very funny. Dresden is in trouble with the council after the trouble with the vampire courts of the previous book. This book however is all about faerie. Winter and Summer are in a battle for supremacy and only Dresden can save the day..
I loved the plant monster at the garden centre (or chloro-fiend). The final faerie battle scene was epic and visual. There were scarlet-and blue-skinned ogres in faerie mail,brown skinned gnomes, sylphs crouched over a mound of bloody, stinking carrion, squabbling like vultures, troop of battered, lantern-jawed, burly humanoids with wide, batlike ears, goblins, clouds of pixies, bumble bees as big as park benches, spiders as big as footballs, faerie hounds to name but a few. Trolls, ogres, centaurs also play their part. We learn much more about the faerie courts and the faerie queens and their knights. And as always, Harry has a heart of gold. Fab!
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