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’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 in her way.
Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.
With this urban fantasy blockbuster, Butcher swiftly pays off on the major cliffhanger from Peace Talks, launching wizard Harry Dresden and the city of Chicago into a no-holds-barred battle. As the previous work ended, the Fomor King Corb and the Last Titan, Ethniu, daughter of Balor, threw down the gauntlet to the assembled supernatural nations, who had gathered for peace talks. Mere hours later, Fomor forces rise out of Lake Michigan and besiege Chicago with the intention of killing everyone in the city. What follows is an "epic mythology fight" in which nearly every living friend or foe to have appeared in a previous Dresden novel fights either alongside or against Harry, with some nasty new enemies arriving on the scene as well. The battle is unrelenting as Ethniu's army levels city blocks and kills thousands. Harry begins this volume still able to toss off his usual wisecracks, but he turns grim as the toll of battle mounts and the physical, magical, and emotional blows keep coming. Butcher doesn't neglect his usual narrative sleight of hand, either while the war rages, he sets up several subplots sure to play out in future installments. This is urban fantasy at its best, combining spectacular magic and deeply explored character.
Thankful that this doesn’t feel like the end
It’s difficult to keep things spinning in a long-running series, and Jim Butcher does a great job of continuing to add heart and ‘uh-oh’ to his Dresden series.
In the tradition of thumbing your nose at people who would seek to put you down, fighting for those who need it, and adding realism to his characters, we get another fantastic resolution, but leave us open to more story.
Yes, Harry can come across as less than perfect, with a bit more machismo than charm, but he is the more real and less sanitized for it.
Well done, Mr. Butcher, another enjoyable read!
Not his best work
Halfway through it and it is a slog. It is one overlong war story. Hopefully the ending is worth it