I love the Mercy Thompson series/world, as much if not more, than the Anita Blake novels. I definately recommend these books to any fan of urban fantaI love the Mercy Thompson series/world, as much if not more, than the Anita Blake novels. I definately recommend these books to any fan of urban fantasy. Patricia Briggs is a great author. She really draws you into the book. There is plenty of action, a touch of romance (but not too much) and fully flushed out characters.
This book dwells mostly on the werewolves in Mercy's life. The werewolves have a well defined social order, although I think I enjoyed Laurell K. Hamilton's wolves a bit better. That's not to say they're lacking in any way. I liked the concept of the Merrick and his role. The wolves are very interesting, and I enjoyed both the plot of this book and their background.
I am eagerly awaiting any additional books in this series....more
Like the rest of Patricia Briggs' books, this is well written and with great characters. I actually read this book first, without reading any in the MLike the rest of Patricia Briggs' books, this is well written and with great characters. I actually read this book first, without reading any in the Mercy Thompson series (this is set in the same world, and has a few of the same characters). Without any previous knowledge of the series, I had no problems following the story or the characters. Right now, this book is a complete stand alone novel (although a sequel is due out later this year).
Unlike the Mercy series, this is written in third person. It was nice to get inside of a few different view points, including the Merrick's. We learn a lot about the mysterious leader of the werewolves. I do wish I had read the other series first, mainly to have some background information on him and the few other minor characters that appear in both.
This is a great book. It turned me on to Briggs' main series, which I also loved. I highly recommend this book to any fan of urban fantasy....more
Jim Butcher is amazing. The depth of his world, characters, plot, all of that, blows me away each time I read a Dresden book. Turn Coat is number elevJim Butcher is amazing. The depth of his world, characters, plot, all of that, blows me away each time I read a Dresden book. Turn Coat is number eleven in the series, yet I'm still loving it. It shows no signs of slowing down or growing stagnant. Few authors can pull off long series well. Jim Butcher is one.
It's a Harry Dresden book. I'm so invested in these characters and the world, I really want to know what they're doing, how they're going to handle the ongoing problems that cover several books. The whole world evolves and changes and you never know how it'll play out. Every time I pick up a Dresden book, I know it's going to be a wild, but fun, ride.
The writing itself is flawless. Okay, I'm not an English professor, but in my humble opinion, Butcher writes amazingly well. He throws in descriptions I'd never have thought of, but are just perfect for that situation. And, coming from Harry's point of view, the descriptions can be very humorous. I just eat it up.
Yet another beautifully complex plot. Butcher loves to take two radically different plots, force them both on Harry then let us watch him juggle them. In the end, the plots are directly tied together in a way that we never would have guessed. I love it.
I've mentioned the characters before, but they deserve their own section. Everyone in the Dresden-verse is amazing. These aren't names on a piece of paper. They're people. You feel for everyone of them. They all have their own struggles, thoughts and plans for the future. They're not some random figures moving in the background. This book is no exception. We see more of many of the side characters, and learn more. Everyone, like Harry, continues to grow.
I have a personal pet peeve with books in a long series: when the author has to bring in a new bad guy every book that's more powerful than anything the protagonist has ever faced. Oh, no, nothing's ever been so evil and strong as this bad guy! After several books of this, I'm left yawning. Really, again? Granted, the Dresden books don't do this every book. But it happened in this one, and has happened before.
I figured out the traitor. And I don't mean, near the end I realized who it was. But shortly after seeing this person fairly early on, I had that “Aha!” moment. Sigh. I didn't get all of the details. There were many other things happening that had me utterly clueless. But I figured them out. It's the first time I've done that (and got it right) in a Dresden book.
A major character had something happen at the end of the last book. I really wanted to know how he was. But he only got mentioned in one sentence.
This is another, great Dresden read. Anyone who likes his stories should read this one too, in chronological order of course. This is not a series that can be enjoyed as much if read out of order.