Hello fellow bookworms, today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. Book 4 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files.
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Title: Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4) by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #4
Published by Orbit on 5 May, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes
No. of Pages: 417
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry's been down and out. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't recall his last shower. Then when things are at their worst, the Winter Queen of Faerie saunters in with an offer Harry can't refuse. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Knight, the Summer Queen's right-hand man, and clear the Winter Queen's name.
It seems simple, but Faerie politics seldom work out that way. Then Harry discovers the fate of the entire world rests on this case. So no pressure...
MAGIC - IT CAN GET A GUY KILLED.
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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This year, as you may know, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started The Dresden Files back in 2018! Eek!
So, what did I think about Summer Knight?
I’ve read the previous books in this series and really enjoyed them. However, I don’t think that you have to have read them to enjoy Summer Knight. Butcher weaves any pertinent information expertly into this book, without causing any detrimental effects to pace or plot.
I added the narration again too and alternated between reading and listening to the tale. I loved it. James Marsters’ narration really brings our hero, Harry Dresden to life. The narrative is read with emotion that appropriately reflects the various scenes and I like his tonal variations when reading characters’ dialogue. I feel that his acting skills also add a further dimension of theatre to the performance which brings the story to life.
This story has everything that I look for in a great read.
Some really great characters, a good balance between the various aspects – mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective and paranormal – and blends them with well written dry humour ensuring that it doesn’t got too heavy. Butcher even managed to include a sprinkling of romance. The espionage aspects surprised me a few times, the story leaving me breathless on the edge of my seat too. However, I loved trying to second guess where the leads would take us next!
I can’t wait to start reading book 5 and see what trouble Harry lands in next.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in Summer Knight and that you add it to your towering TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,