HARRY DRESDEN IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.
When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?
Butcher ramps up the tension for wizard Harry Dresden in this open-ended 16th installment to the Dresden Files urban fantasy series (after Skin Game). The supernatural world is coming together for a cease-fire, and Harry is called to serve on the security team during the peace talks. When Thomas Raith, Harry's half-brother, attempts to assassinate the leader of the Svartalves, one of the groups in attendance, Harry comes under suspicion for his role in the crime. With the aid of vampire Lara Raith and human detective Karrin Murphy, Harry frees Thomas from prison and certain death. Along the way, he discovers a new threat that could upend both the mundane and supernatural worlds. The first half of the novel is taken up by backstory, which will help newcomers navigate Dresden's world, but longtime fans will find the exposition tedious. When Butcher finally pushes the story forward, readers are rewarded for their patience with gritty magical worldbuilding and bursts of dark humor. The high-stakes mysteries established in the second act are left largely unresolved including the question of why Thomas attempted to murder the Svartalves leader making this feel more like a prologue to the next in the series than a self-contained narrative. Die-hard fans will hope to see the action from the end carry into the next volume.
An excellent build up to the next book, I’m glad I waited to read it until Battle Ground was released.
Peace talks by Jim butcher
The story itself is as well written as anything else in the series if not better. Would have easily been 5 stars were it not for the blatant exploitation of the consumers in breaking this book into two parts in order to make more money off it. Every other novel in this series is approximately 100 more pages of story. This book is 92 pages shorter than the last entry in the series which was a short story collection. Essentially we are being sold the ending of the story in September when battlegrounds hits. Not too happy about this
It is intriguing! I’m highly recommending it!