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Battle Ground

(The Dresden Files #17)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  9,316 ratings  ·  1,258 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
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Ace
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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
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
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Hey... something to look forward to for this year!!!
Spencer Orey
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 18, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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’
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
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda G. Stevens
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
Bryan Alkire
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is the second chapter of this years duology as Butchers publisher calls it and we fans would call it a double dip for one very thick book that got split in two, so far my cynisme.

This book is full of magical war as the forces of "Good" gather to defend Chicago against a Titan and her magical forces and guess who are n the way, the good "innocent" people of Chicago. There is one Harry Dresden that is placed in the middle who sincerely wants to defend humanity even if his starborn wizardness
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.5 stars (After sleeping on it, I just wasn't satisfied with giving this four stars. I really don't care for what was set up at the end or how it was done.)

Again? *sigh* Okay, let's get this out of the way first:

(view spoiler)
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You remember Changes, right? Where your heart was ripped out by a vicious maniac name Jim Butcher, where you mourned for the one you cared about? Where you were shocked to see Harry’s world turn upside down? Wept, shouted, got goosebumps and finally cursed Butcher for leaving a cliffhanger?
Now turbocharge it, hit the Nitro button, drink 25 cans of Red Bull, take 10 pills of Viagra. See what happens.
This is what Battle Ground is. If Changes was on a personal level, Battle Ground is on Wordly leve
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
If the first book was all setup, then this one is all payoff. The peace talks, sham that they were, have failed. All out war between the Fomor and their mad titan leader and most of the rest of the supernatural world has begun with Chicago the battle ground, and there's no hiding the supernatural world from the mortal one this time.

If it worked well enough for the Avengers with Infinity War and End Game, there's no reason it shouldn't work in the world of Harry Dresden. And with many of the same
Samantha Fondriest
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Krista D.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I might be done with this series. I suspect I'll be reading spoilers before I bother to purchasing future books.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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C.T. Phipps


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
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is #17 in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. This wasn't quite 5 stars but I had to round up. The whole book was the battle and it was a wild ride. The constant action was orchestrated well, which set this up with a nice pace.

Harry is Harry. I liked that Big Foot showed up for the battle. And I'm really, really liking Butters. I think it's the characters that make this work for me. I like the deep and abiding friendships, the rivalries, and the enemies. There is such a balance there.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Brace yourself! If you’re new to the Harry Dresden world, then you’re going to be in for one crazy ride! BATTLE GROUND is book seventeen in the Dresden Files, featuring a badass wizard and the crazy Chicago that he lives in. When the entire city is on the verge of extinction, Harry must battle it out with a titan to save it. Sounds intense, right?

This book really packs a punch and Butcher doesn’t hold back when it comes to the intensity of this book. The opening chapter does take a little bit to
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

I love superhero movies. I love movies with great big special effects and amazing fight scenes. And this book is ONE BIG FIGHT SCENE. And Butcher knows how to write them! This is all I ever wanted from a Butcher book.

So, I've given you the plot. Ethniu, a Titan, has declared her intention to remake the whole world in her image. She's pissed off about a lot of things and is ready to fight EVERYBODY. This means that the wizard's High
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
After the events of Peace Talks, we knew a battle was coming and it all goes down along the shores of Chicago. Almost the entire novel of Battle Ground takes place during the witching hour as we witness the White Council, White Court, Summer and Winter courts, Marcone with his people, the Knights, the werewolves, River Shoulders the sasquatch, and heck even Bob battle the Fodor, and Ethniu the last Titan.

The battles, draws of power, and alliances were epic. We suffer losses and I wept and cheere
Sarah's Reviews
I've put together a compilation of what Jim Butcher has said about Mirror Mirror here:

If you've heard him say more, please leave me a comment and tell me when/where so I can add it. :-)

Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
10/13/2020 Notes #2:

- Added to Favorites on Re-Read
- Usually, when I re-read a book, I have a slightly different experience with it than the first time around. The details that I note are in a different manner because it's not the first time. Oddly enough, I noted the exact same details on the re-read of Battle Ground.
- I held off on re-reading the book because I was having fun exploring other stories. Then I had a run of mediocre books and one emphatic story that was so angry that I needed a c
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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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