Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the "everyday" world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
A bargain made with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced Dresden into a new job: professional killer. His first task is to bring death to an immortal. As if that wasn't hard enough, Dresden learns of a danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan. A danger that could destroy billions and land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known.
Dresden has only 24 hours to gather the allies he has left and prevent a cataclysm - all while the power he bargained to get, but never meant to keep, lays siege to his very soul. Magic - it can get a guy killed.
©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio
"The most reliable post-Buffy supernatural series on offer." (Time Out)
But only because Fool Moon was even more of a slog. I love the Dresden files, but this was a big step backwards after Changes and Ghost Story, still not bad but tortured in a series of contrivances instead of Butcher's usually more subtle writing, and the result is a perfectly inoffensive story that is perfectly uninvolving.
There's nothing to make me go 'christ that was awful' but also nothing to make me go 'christ that was amazing'. To demonstrate the point. SPOILER WARNING the plot ultimately boils down to conflicted mommy issues between two minor supporting characters and another character we've never met before.
Dresden files fans will still want to knew what happens so they don't miss important build-up for the next book. But it's probably a good thing that James Masters remains as terrific a reader as ever, listen to him read this book while you're at the gym and knew that if you miss anything while you're concentration in elsewhere it will hardly matter.
Narration was excellent! Story was exciting and well paced. Always loved the interaction with members of the faerie court.
"A great story."
I have really enjoyed the dresden series. Am sad that I am at the end...but stars and stones dresden will remsin with me. Thank you.
"James Marsters is as always brilliant!"
Once again Jim Butcher brings us into his magical world with a great plot, many twists and cliffhangers before Harry once again emerges the victor after much sacrifice.
Harry Dresden James Marsters is Harry Dresden and I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books.
There are always plenty of tears and laughs in a Harry Dresden book.
James Marsters is a master of the performance of an audio book. His voice is excellent, his cast of charachter voices unbelievable and consistent. It's a pleasure to listen and hard to turn it off to get back to RL especially when combined with the writings of Jim Butcher.
"Jim Butcher nails it again!"
I cant wait for the next book. I only found the Dresden files books 3 weeks ago after reading a review here. I have since listened to all 14 books and they are truly brilliant gripping edge of your seat story lines with fantastic laugh out loud moments, delivered flawlessly by James Masters. If your new to the life of Harry Dresden then get stuck in you wont regret it.
"Like old shoes, comftable but not that smart."
Okay firstly I really enjoyed this audio book, the performance as always was brilliant. He is Harry Dresden.
As to the story, I love the characters and really like hanging out with them, I enjoy the pace and interactions. As to the plot - hmmm I could not really give a fig about what was going on, I was concerned of course for the characters I love but sadly the series has become formulaic. I will keep coming back probably forever but for the characters not the story, if this was my first entry into the series I would probably not return.
If this is going to be you first entrance into the series, stop turn around and begin with Storm Front. Maybe four stars was generous.....
"A fantastic listen!!"
James Marsters was a great choice to narrate this book, he makes the story come to life, the wit of Harry and the cast.
We were expecting some answers with this audiobook and instead left with even more questions! Excellent!
Harry is doing what he didn't want to do and stubbornly doing it his way. As always a great listen.
Demonreach... That is all I can say without giving too much away.
Yes, it was hard as my husband was also listening to it, so we had to be a little patient.
"Back with a bang!"
I have read all of the Dresden files and loved most of them. "Changes" was one of my favourites but I was disappointed by "Ghost Story". Cold Days is much closer to the good old days. The audio book was great, very involving narration and the book is the usual blend of comedy, action, loveable characters and wonderful storytelling. The story arc through all of the books is engrossing and imaginative and the developments in this story are great and shocking.
The ending. Give me morre!
The climax on Demonreach or the ball in Winter.
Totally. When reading the previous books it was totally a page-turner and this book was no different.
I cannot recommend this range of books more. I wouldn't read this book before the previous ones though it would still be good but the depth of story will be lost. Perhaps it would inspire readers/listeners to seek out the others.
"Good but not great"
I enjoy the Jim Butcher Dresden series, read and listened to every book so far and I will continue to follow the series, however I have never considered his other books, I may sometime buy one to try. James Masters was fantastic as usual and I could listen to hi all day
This ending in the series I thought was fairly predictable and by the time I got to the end I knew what was going to happen, however I am intrigued where Butcher will take the main characters from here.
I like that we are seeing a slightly darker side to Dresdens character in this book, particularly when he is fighting the erkling. The thought of Dresden as a bit of a badass is pretty cool.
Harry Dresden seems to be getting himself deeper and deeper into trouble, I can't wait to se how he will get out of it eventually, or will it all end badly?
"Cool book and great narrator"
James Marsters is a great narrator! and Dresdent files are all nice books good work.
"Harry Dresden up against it again"
great story, thoroughly enjoyed it, can't wait to get the next one. As before helped by the laconic narration which seems so fitting.
"omg so good"
such amazing revelations ans badassery omg so good. filling the word count now . ok done
"fantastic and involving"
I've had this book for months but didn't start listening until recently - now I don't know why! A great story performed brilliantly and several edge of your seat moments. Several times I thought "this must be the end" only to see (with excitement) another several hours remaining. Like a weirdo this is the first Dresden book I listened too but am now downloading them all!! Highly recommend. 5 stars all round.
Another great instalment. I really enjoy how the Dresden world keeps getting bigger and more complicated.
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