After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being broSynopsis:
HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!!
After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.
He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.
Guess which Mab wants first?
Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.
Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…
Jim Butcher has once again wowed me. I mean, wow. I did not see any of that coming. Seriously. This man knows how to twist a plot. I feel like I should have suspected. But waaaaayyyy back then, Harry didn't know just how much was going on in the shadows. He suspected and he had a general idea, but he didn't know about THAT. There was no way to know. Not then. Poor guy had no clue just how ignorant of things he had been.
Someone is playing the long game. Apparently, this fight has been going on for a long, long time and the White Council is so ignorant of it. Aside from Rashid, I don't think too many of the other Senior Council members understand. I think that some of them have some sort of clue. They, at the very least, know what the purpose of Demonreach is. I don't think they know the full extent, though. Man, Harry. You know a lot now and it appears that a lot more beings have taken notice of you. But really, haven't the Outsiders always known about Harry? After all, he suspects that it wasn't Justin that sent He Who Walks Behind after him back when he was 16 now. It doesn't surprise me that another Walker showed up looking for him before he even really got started on this issue.
And then there was what was really going on. Those attempts to kill him by those faeries was no coincidence. So much trickery was going on. Mab knew. But she wasn't spilling. Oh man. She had a feeling things would play out like that. And now there's so much change.
Besides of all that happening, of course, there were Harry's reunions with his loved ones. Molly, apparently knew for weeks that Harry would be back. Everyone else, got seriously surprised. The best reunion, though, was between Harry and Thomas. And then the one between Harry and Mouse. Loved those scenes. I still love that Karrin has Harry's back no matter what. But that talk they had about their relationship at the end was a little disappointing. There's still some hope there, but now we have to wonder if things will go in another direction. I understand Karrin's hesitations, but damn! They would be good together. I'm not sure if I would be able to support a relationship between Harry and Molly. There's all of the reasons he's given for not going there with her and they make sense to me. But ever since he's gotten back and been carrying around that mantle of Winter, he's been looking at her funny. Thomas pointed it out and it seems he is right. And then Molly has noticed it, too. She wouldn't mind if something happened between the two of them one bit. But Harry says it won't. But is he right? After all, Mab says he's been treating Molly in much the way that Justin treated him when he was an apprentice. Is what Mab said true? Was Harry isolating Molly while making her more powerful, but unable to turn to anyone else for help? Did Molly have no choice but to turn to Harry? But really, how could it have been his fault? He didn't encourage her crush. He didn't know she would become a wizard and then do what she did? Harry's not a perfect guy. He isn't always a good guy. He has a scary temper. And he has a hell of a dark side. He has made more than one bad decision ever since he was betrayed by Justin. A lot of them have been done for the greater good, but man, has he caused some waves. If Harry had not done a lot of what he's done over the past few years since the Shadowman case, some things could have been avoided.
But, if he hadn't done those things and killed the beings that he's killed, he'd be even more ignorant of what's really going on behind the scenes than he has just recently learned about. And it's even worse than he could have imagined. He's pissed off a lot of people by helping other people. And there have been consequences. Titania hates his guts. Lily apparently wasn't all that happy with him, either. Even while considering him a friend. And now, things have taken a huge turn. If Harry hadn't brought Sarissa there, would this have happened? I don't know. Things are so up in the air. I sure hope he won't have more people hating him now. His life sucks enough.
And then there's Mac. That Outsider knew him. (view spoiler)[I can't help but wonder if at some point Mac may have been an Outsider or someone/something that played on their team. It looks like he abandoned them. I sure hope Harry can trust him. I've always liked Mac. (hide spoiler)]
Honestly, this was an excellent book in the series and another one of my favorites. Even when it hurts to read Harry's dark side come out so strongly. It's a part of him, though. At least he acknowledges that, most of the time. He does still have a tendency to lie to himself, but at least it isn't as bad as it used to be. He's really grown in the last decade. Here's hoping he doesn't get horribly corrupted by that Winter Knight mantle.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywSynopsis:
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.
Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die.
Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.
This book was highly anticipated. I was looking forward to seeing a lot of Trent this time around and boy did Kim Harrison deliver! I was also happy that there was so much page time for Al. Of course, that was to be expected considering the predicament he and Rachel had found themselves in.
I should have known going in that Ku'Sox would be all over this problem. He's been pissed at Rachel for cursing him for a while now. What really surprised me is who Ku'Sox had working for him. I didn't see that coming at all. I had hoped to be done with that particular fool, but no, like a roach, he just keeps coming back! In the end, though, he got what he deserved. I don't think he'll be back again. At least I hope not. I do hope that Jax is okay, though.
Anyway, this was a pretty intense book. I didn't know how Rachel would get out of it. First, she had to figure out how to fix a leak she and Al had been trying to fix as it was. Then, they discover that Ku'Sox made the leak a whole lot worse. Once she finally figures that out, All is out of commission and just when she sets to fixing it, Ku'Sox comes and snatches Bis and she's back at square one. Not to mention, he still has Ceri and Lucy. I've never liked Ku'Sox, but I hated him in this book. Especially for what we find out he did later. He didn't need to do that. It was stupid of them to try to kill him, but that was so unnecessary. It made me sad.
My favorite part of this book, though, was Trent. He was awesome. Sacrificing himself for Lucy's safety. Asking for Rachel's opinion. Helping to save the demons and destroy Ku'Sox. I've always liked Trent, but I liked him ever more after this book. Especially after that end scene. It's certainly not a HEA, but I'm more confident about the possibility of getting there now.
I wonder if Rachel will take Quen up on what he asked of her? Will she stay around as much as possible to watch Trent's back? I'm sure Trent wouldn't mind. They actually work pretty well together.
I wonder if it'll be the next book where things come to a head with Rynn Cormel. After that scene with Felix and what Rynn said at the end of it, things aren't looking good on the vampire front. Rachel might want to get to work on that soul saving gig.
I was reminded again of how much the major characters in this series have grown. I'm proud of them. I hope that continues into the next book....more
So, this was actually a little more of s serious series than what I had been expecting. I also read H.P. Mallory's Dulcie O'Neil series and it's enjoySo, this was actually a little more of s serious series than what I had been expecting. I also read H.P. Mallory's Dulcie O'Neil series and it's enjoyable, but feels a bit more humorous than this one, though it isn't without it's moments of seriousness and Bad, Bad Thing Happening.
Anyway, I really liked this. It was great seeing Jolie struggle with her confidence and that by the end, she realizes that she is indeed, awesome. At first, she's content with her world, then, in walks Rand and everything gets flipped upside down. It seems, that things may not be so bad. Poor Jolie finds out things are that bad an worse.
She struggles with her feelings for Rand, not to mention his for her. Then, there's a sexy vamp, a sexy werewolf and a sexy fairy king all trying to get into her pants, too. I like Jolie, but jeez! She needs some breathing room.
The Big Bad in the series is Bella the witch who really and truly is a bitch and she wants to be Queen of the Underworld. Some creatures are all for it. Others aren't having it. The fairies don't give a shit. By the end of the book, war is basically inevitable and Jolie pulls off something all believed to be impossible. Odran the fairy king really isn't too happy about it, but he did give his word.
Will be interesting to see how this war plays out and just how long Rand plans to hold out. Jolie has no shortage of suitors and she truly cares for him and wants him, but if she moved on, you couldn't blame her. I hope they do hook up eventually, though....more
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with yeaSynopsis:
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie’s circumstances are a little... unusual. Now she’s stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate—and that she herself doesn’t dare use.
What’s more, she’s just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her—a magical claim that warns off any would-be suitors, and might also explain the rather... intense attraction between them. But Cassie’s had it with being jerked around, and anyone who tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy...
Insanity pretty much reigns in this book. Karen Chance keeps things at a pretty fast pace. There's practically not one moment where Cassie gets to rest. The closest she comes to getting any is during the time in Mac's shop when Pritkin is getting tatted up. There were a few others, but mostly, Cassie was on the run. Or on the crawl when she couldn't stand up straight without getting shot or light up like a candle.
In addition to running for her life, Cassie also learns that a spell was placed on her when she was about 12. And that none other than Mircea placed it on her. The spell goes haywire and causes all kinds of mayhem. ...more
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of tSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk... a lot. The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...
It's been two years since I originally read this. There's a lot that I've forgotten. Rereading this, I can understand why so many people have trouble with this book. There is a lot of info dumping about how the supernatural world works and what Cassie has been able to do with her abilities until now. The time jumping and body swapping can be confusing, but reading this a second time made it not so hard to follow this time since I already understood the way Cassie's power works. Still, I enjoyed this every bit as much the second time as I did the first time.
I found myself still enjoying Cassie immensely. She's very practical and why she isn't always the brightest bulb in the room, I like her attitude. She won't just sit around waiting to be used. Before agreeing to do something, she acknowledges that it's preferable to losing her life. Cassie is mostly capable, but she's been thrust into a situation and some new powers that she has no idea how to handle. Because of that, I can't fault her for how she sometimes fails to pick things up. Though she does seem naive at times, despite thinking the same of others. She's quick to believe the sybil taken by Rasputin is acting under duress and not to mention taking Tomas in so easily before she'd gotten found. Other times, she can be somewhat cynical.
I enjoyed meeting the various characters all over again. Especially Pritkin. The first time I read this book in 2011, I hated Pritkin's guts. He was so judgmental and obviously knew nothing about how the vamp world worked. Plus, he tried to off Cassie. I didn't hate him this time through because I know how his character develops over the series and I'm madly in love with Pritkin. He's obviously a bit nuts, though. And seems to have a bit of a death wish. He's obviously on the powerful side, though Mircea seems to be able to match him well enough. Reading that scene again makes me wonder who would win if Mircea and Pritkin really went at it.
I liked meeting Mircea again, too. I remember that at the beginning of the series, I liked Mircea. That seduction scene and then the scene when he and Cassie went back in time helped quite a bit. Plus, for a vamp, he seemed pretty damned honest. I wanted Cassie to hook up with him. It's funny now the way I feel about their relationship. Still, I really liked Mircea in the beginning and I still do. He's pretty awesome and powerful and scary. A good guy to have on your side. Even if he doesn't quite tell the entire truth and has to follow orders someone else gives him.
And then there was Tomas. I liked him, despite his duplicity when he was living with Cassie. Then he had to go and pull the stunt he pulled. And when he told them why he agreed to it, I was with Cassie: how could he be that stupid?
Overall, I still find this a good first book in a series. I was hooked all over again. This series is definitely still a favorite of mine....more
**spoiler alert** It seems that some folks didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the last book. Honestly, I didn't either, but I still found things to e**spoiler alert** It seems that some folks didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the last book. Honestly, I didn't either, but I still found things to enjoy about it despite that Rachel seemed to slip into old bad habits and she frustrated me a lot in this book.
I was happy to see Al again. I love Al absolutely. I was happy with Trent's involvement as well and hope to see some progress with him and Rachel next book. Seriously. They act like two teenagers around each other. They need to get a move on.
I still love Jenks and I wonder what will happen with Ivy now that she's lost Glenn and Daryl. Can't believe Glenn left like that.
I'm sure this isn't the last they'll hear from HAPA or those men-who-don't-belong. Rachel better watch her back....more