Another great Dresden adventure. After the cliff hanger of the last book, I was anxious to get back to Harry. However, I delayed getting into this oneAnother great Dresden adventure. After the cliff hanger of the last book, I was anxious to get back to Harry. However, I delayed getting into this one because I enjoy my Dresden books on audio - as I think James Marsters does a masterful job at narrating our hero - and apparently Mr. Marsters was unable to do this installment due to scheduling conflicts. The initial reviews I read about the new narrator weren't promising. Eventually though, I had to know what happened to our favorite sorcerer, and loaded up the book. I must say, I think the harsh reviews were unjustified. No, it's not the same, but I think he did a really good job and it didn't impact my enjoyment of the tale.
As for the story itself, I enjoyed the way it all played out and the impact the previous book's endings had on the regular cast of characters. The only character I really missed was Thomas, as he's a favorite of mine and I'd hoped he'd have a lot more page time, although I understand why it was done. All in all, a great book!...more
Well, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out through the first couple of books in this series, as it's just moving from strength to strength now. ByWell, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out through the first couple of books in this series, as it's just moving from strength to strength now. By this, the sixth book, the cast of characters is well developed and one that we've grown quite attached to. As such it was wonderful to have Murphy play such a prominent role in this one and took get a better look into her life. Harry's life also opened up some more and some very significant events took place. Thomas has always been a favorite, so I enjoyed his return and that he played such an integral role in the story.
As is often the case, Harry had more than just the one mystery to solve, as his own self-preservation also became a priority in between watching out for the "adult film" stars he was being paid to protect. This book had me laughing out loud more than others and James Marsters delivery was, as alwasy, spot on.
A wonderful addition to the Dresden Files series full of hilarity, adventure, new possibilities and a number of new discoveries about old characters. Brilliant!...more
A brilliant book with so much going on. The book starts off with a big reveal in the first chapter and the story just doesn't let up, leaving us withA brilliant book with so much going on. The book starts off with a big reveal in the first chapter and the story just doesn't let up, leaving us with a dreaded cliff hanger ending (A Dresden book with a cliff hanger? No!!!). The book has some really interesting character development and it really leaves you desperate for the next installment. I fear writing too much as I think so much of it would delve into spoiler territor. Suffice it to say, this was a brilliant book full of emotional ups and downs and great adventure!
* Once again, James Marsters' narration was outstanding!...more
Poor Harry, nothing is ever easy for him, and he regularly suffers more than any other protagonist I know - this book was definitely up there in HarryPoor Harry, nothing is ever easy for him, and he regularly suffers more than any other protagonist I know - this book was definitely up there in Harry torture. Not to say this was all doom and gloom, as there were, as always, some truly amusing moments - especially at his apartment with Molly, Mouse, Morgan and Anastasia. This book brought in most of the series' cast of characters, and that's always welcome. The mystery behind the Black Council deepens and grows. This book is full of love and loss and some character development that has me anxious to get to the next book. Brilliant!
As always, Mr. Marsters does a fantastic job on the narration (his voices for Toot-Toot and Waldo Butters being some of my favorites)....more
I really enjoyed this installment of The Dresden Files. Here we revisited not only the Never Never and it's Summer and Winter court inhabitants, but wI really enjoyed this installment of The Dresden Files. Here we revisited not only the Never Never and it's Summer and Winter court inhabitants, but we also caught up with Michael's family. Long standing characters become more developed as their back stories are revealed and we learn more about them. Harry's personal relationships are tested and nothing ever goes as smoothly for him as it should. The story line was interesting and fast paced and James Marsters' narration was spot on, as usual....more
I quite enjoyed this book, with its sweet love story and its male point of view. Ethan and Lena's made for an engaging love story, building on the intI quite enjoyed this book, with its sweet love story and its male point of view. Ethan and Lena's made for an engaging love story, building on the intensity of first love. The mythology was interesting and set up an interesting story arc.
I found it interesting that so many reviewers stated how slow the book was, as it didn't feel that way for me at all. I was intrigued from the start and all of the way through (it only took me as long to read as it did because the latest release from a favorite author turned up while I was reading this and I had to put it down for a couple of days). My only negative critique would be in regard to the ending - with such a large build-up, I was left feeling it was all a bit rushed and so much seemed to happen off page. I guess the unanswered questions will be addressed in the next book, which I'll definitely be picking up.
All in all, I'm glad that this didn't turn out to be just a beautiful cover, but also a wonderful story....more
This was a very enjoyable introduction to what promises to a wonderful new series. Chloe Neill's world is an interesting one where the vamps are out iThis was a very enjoyable introduction to what promises to a wonderful new series. Chloe Neill's world is an interesting one where the vamps are out in the public eye, and they live in individual groups, or Houses. Add to this various powers, mental communication and a limited, sponsored "recruitment" system, and we've got an interesting world for our heroine, Merit to enter.
While reading this book it was clear that its purpose was to establish the basic storyline for the series, but I don't think that took away from the quality of the story telling at all. We are introduced to an interesting cast of characters that round out Merit's new life, from Mallory and Catcher, Jeff, her grandfather, to her fellow vamps Lindsey, Morgan and Ethan. The characters are all well written and compelling and I look forward to finding out more about them.
The story moved at a solid pace and never dragged for me. I enjoyed the mystery and the events it set up for the next book. It's a book that had my schedule allowed, would have been read in a day or two. As soon as I finished it, I immediately picked the second book off of my shelf and dove in.
I read one review that dinged the book for an excessive use of Buffy references, and they may have had a point. However, another critique about calling the males "boys" didn't phase me at all - I refer to myself, at 34, as a girl, and affectionately refer to the guys that work for me as boys. But, to each their own....more
I enjoyed this first Dresden novel. Having heard so many negative reviews about the first book in the series, I wasn't sure what to expect. No, it wasI enjoyed this first Dresden novel. Having heard so many negative reviews about the first book in the series, I wasn't sure what to expect. No, it wasn't the best book ever, but it was entertaining. I'll admit though that I imagine my enjoyment of the book was greatly enhanced by James Marsters' narration. He's got a brilliant voice and played the various parts very well. We've even got a bit of "Spike" in the form of Bob. I'd listen to him read the yellow pages, but thankfully I've got the next book in the series instead. ;)...more