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Battle Ground

(The Dresden Files #17)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  26,277 ratings  ·  2,853 reviews
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS FOR HARRY DRESDEN, CHICAGO’S ONLY PROFESSIONAL WIZARD, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it
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Published September 29th 2020 by Ace
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Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review copy provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

Epic, relentlessly action-packed, full of destruction, Battle Ground has transformed The Dresden Files into an epic urban fantasy.

“I’d never been in an epic mythology fight quite this epic before.”

We know by now that Harry has fought against many deadly villains, but what he encountered here might just be more than what he bargained for. I w
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[2.5/5 stars] A miraculous, all-encompassing, book-long battle which involved almost every single side character we’ve met to date. It was expansive. It was action-packed. And it was well written. A truly cinematic novel of epic proportion!

You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I almost always enjoy Dresden novels, but I have to admit that this one required a bit more effort to get through than I’d hoped it would. As all-encompassing as the story was, in execution it was more an endless ser
Sheyla ✎

My heart is still pounding from all the action!!! One Huge Epic Fight!

Also, my heart is a little broken now. I was expecting what happened but not the way it happened.

Dresden, you have done it again! I can’t help but root for you. You make yourself responsible for everyone and you want to keep everyone safe.

This time Chicago and its people, human and supernatural lives are all at stake. The Fodor and Ethniu, the Titan, are coming to destroy it. The White Council, the White Court, the Summe
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Amanda G. Stevens
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
When the news came that Peace Talks was being split into two books because the story was just that epic, it sounded like a great idea. But now I've made it through both books, and. . . Editing should have been the answer. Not two books. Both books contain more filler than is reasonable and more filler than is present in any other book of this series. But that's not why I'm giving Battle Ground two stars.

Where Peace Talks plods with too many scenes of dialogue that lack urgency, Battle Ground run
Words nearly fail me.

Even as I read this book, I was stunned into silence. (You know, one of those deep, inner-monologue silences that radiate deeply inward so much that I could hear a mental pin drop from forty mental yards.)

I knew, from the prior book, that we were preparing for WAR. The outsiders were coming. All supernaturals, gods, Fae, and even normal folk were being called to battle. It is ALL of Chicago on the line.

What I didn't expect was for Jim Butcher to pull an all-out Epic Fantasy
Spencer Orey
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Yeah. All that tension building in Peace Talks really pays off.

I don't think I've ever enjoyed a 400 page battle before. This one is a wild nonstop battle ride, with some harrowing twists. It kept me up late reading.

It's more intensely emotional than Peace Talks in every way, plus some great humor. So I guess brace yourselves, and also get ready to laugh.

(There's a tender short story tacked on at the end that was a really nice touch.)

Until next time, Harry Dresden!
Jun 05, 2020 is currently reading it
Hey... something to look forward to for this year!!!
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I stayed up till 1 am to read this epic battle and I don’t regret it at all.

If there's one word to describe this book it's 'change'. Some things have been ticking over in the series for a long while now and at times it's seemed like Jim Butcher wasn't sure which way he wanted to take the story. Or even what he wanted to do with Harry. All that is done. Every single element of the series has been levelled by the events on Battle Ground, the city razed to its foundations, the characters broken dow
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
432 pages of war - and what a war! Just about every good and every bad guy from all the previous books appears somewhere in this epic battle of a book.

I always enjoy it when the magic goes up a level and in Battle Ground Harry pulls out everything he has and more, as do a number of other major characters like Butters, Mab and Marcone. There are many, many heroes and not all of them survive. One notable death made me very sad but I could understand why it was necessary for future plot development
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sigh. I've been a Harry Dresden fan since the first book, and it takes a heck of a lot to destroy an entire series for me, but Jim Butcher has managed to do just that. Something happens in the middle of this book that just gutted the whole series for me. It was as if all the air and energy went right out of everything, and suddenly I found myself annoyed and tired and bored.

It doesn't help that I don't think overall this was one of Butcher's best books. It is basically a short 5-page recap of P
I am going to do the opposite of what I did for Peace Talks for this book, which is I’m not going to write hardly anything, and only one thing will be under spoiler tags. If you have read the book, you know what that thing is.

So, bullet points!

• I do not think either of these books was really served well by being split in two. I think they should have been one big book, and maybe cut like 100 pages from both. Maybe more from this one.

• Action scenes have always been my least favorite part of the
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Peace Talks set the field, and Battle Ground delivered the action. There has never been an installment of Dresden that was this packed full of action! Much of the book was the HUGE battle that we knew was coming after the events of Peace Talks. Did I mention that it's HUGE? Seriously, biggest battle yet. Almost every major player we've seen hits the battleground.

If I'm being completely
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Being relatively new to the series (I started last December), I didn't seem to have the disdain for Peace Talks some of the longtime fans did. I didn't have the long wait and I went into it expecting it to be a part 1 of 2 and that maybe had my expectations a little more checked. I said I would grade it as a whole after I saw if Mr. Butcher stuck the landing or not.

So did he? Like a f
kartik narayanan
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I am done with this series.

I loved the initial Harry Dresden books when they were fresh and original. Now, they are tired and sad. The action follows the usual Dresden algorithm. There is nothing new. Dialogues are boring. Cliches abound. Everybody is super-powered. It is like reading about a bunch of literal Supermen where the writer has to desperately invent a weakness (like kryptonite) to make the story interesting. So a being that defies reality is beaten & literally punched into the ground
Sep 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Sep 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Edit: 8/13/2016 Added some new short stories and a link to the official "future works" page.

This Mirror Mirror review info dump will conclude with all the public info I can remember about other future Dresden Files works as well except Peace Talks which I reviewed here. Jim is still working on Peace Talks, and then expects to churn out book 2 of the Cinder Spires series before starting on this book, so we’ve got a while to wait on it, but he seems really excited about it considering how much he’
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Battle Ground is incredibly hard to review. The audio was fantastic, as usual. The story... not so much. It's literally one long battle scene, with every character who has ever been featured in The Dresden Files series making an appearance. It took me TWO MONTHS to listen to the whole thing.

How in the world to rate this? It was awful and it was awesome. I never thought I would say this, but this book was too long. It began with the flurry of a battle already joined, with Harry confronting the released kraken. In many ways, this book and the previous one (Peace Talks) should have been one volume, but then I would really be whining about the length. We usually get a bit of gentler prologue, if you will, to ease us into the action. There were no such pleasantries here. I felt abruptly ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Damn! I'm wrung out after reading this. A 400 page battle for Chicago. The war with the Fomor that has been building up for years is finally here...and they have a Titan. Full of one "Holy Shit!" moment after another. Butcher continuously managed to surprise me. He plays the long game. When you've completely forgotten about a character or a plot point from books ago, "Boom there it is." And each time it makes complete sense. This book will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make your ...more
Krista D.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I might be done with this series. I suspect I'll be reading spoilers before I bother to purchasing future books. ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
As is obvious from the 1 star rating, I did not like this book. It was boring and repetitive.

You would imagine it will be hard to be bored by a book that is non-stop wizard-on-monster battles, but the fights were were uncreative. Worse, they were inconsistent. For example, when Warden Ramirez was up against elite troops (basically, when the plot called for it), he was casually severing molecular bonds. But when he needed to lose against expendable mooks, he lost .... just because. Or when Dresde
Bryan Alkire
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good addition to the series. The blurb isn’t joking, there are more changes here since well, Changes. I suspect the author is headed to the Dresden Files endgame. The story is compelling and seems to have scenes designed to invoke memories of previous DF novels without actually relating back or copying said scenes. But, virtually everyone comes to this party so most of the old familiar characters are here. In fact, unlike previous DF novels, there aren’t any new supporting characters, a change. ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
2,5 stars

I was disappointed with his book. It starts directly after the Peace Talks ended and it is, as a title says - A constant Battle Ground. So what was wrong with it? In my opinion? There was just too much happening, in a book of 400 pages and so many characters appeared that in the end there was just not enough of anybody. Random monsters were coming out of nowhere, our team fought with them, then there was a little break and we had another wave of monsters to battle. I think it lacked of
Samantha Fondriest
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I cried no less than six times while reading this. Screw you, Jim Butcher. You know what you did.

But what a book.

Battle Ground takes off immediately where Peace Talks ends, catapulting the reader into a 500 page battle of epic proportions. Little-a apocalypse has arrived on the shores of Chicago, and Harry and crew have one heck of a fight to put up. Butcher manages to keep the reader feeling the nitty gritty details and horrors of battle on the ground without losing the epic scope of what is g
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great, fantasy
My review for book 5:

Short review for book 10:

Where the freak is the next book? I can't wait!!!!

Simply put, not many authors can put a massive battle together in their books and make it all make sense and entertaining, and Mr. Butcher did it, again!

Okay, I know I need to re-read the series when I have time, especially the books with Harry trashing the (view spoiler), Michael Carpenter's st
Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand i
Sonja Arlow
This series has been a staple in my reading life since 2015 and if anyone wants to try it, I highly recommend the audio version. James Masters is outstanding!!

Battle Ground brings in many characters that have not been seen in a while. From Toot Toot, and River Shoulders to Marcone and Bob the Scull. Even some new creatures like Dracul (father of Dracula) and unicorns (but not the Disney kind).

I normally do not like long drawn out war/fight scenes, but the story is balanced out so its not just on
C.T. Phipps
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing


BATTLE GROUND by Jim Butcher is the immediate sequel, perhaps better described as second half, to the novel PEACE TALKS released earlier this year. The book was originally one enormous volume but due to the lengthy wait between previous books and the size of the final work, it was split into two. If you haven't read Peace Talks then you should probably shy away from this review as it's impossible to talk about this volume without addressing some of th
Kara Babcock
Oct 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more

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