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Summer Knight (Dresden Files) Paperback – September 3, 2002
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Praise for the Dresden Files
“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.
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Things haven't been going well for Harry Dresden, Chicago's resident wizard. Ever since the events of Grave Peril, the Red Court of vampires has been pretty much out to get him and he's been juggling trying to find a way to save his sometime girlfriend from fully turning into a vampire and staying alive despite the Red Court's assassins. To make matters worse, he is visited by a client who later turns out to be Queen Mab of the Winter Court herself. She has purchased Harry's debt from his godmother and is prepared to grant him his freedom for as long as he fulfills three favors, the first of which is to investigate the murder of on Ronald Reuel, who turns out to be the Knight of the Summer Court. He's initially reluctant to make any sort of a deal with the Sidhe, but then the White Council of wizards obligates him to assist the Winter Court or he'll be stripped of his title as a wizard.
This book truly has it all. We have the intricacies of the Faerie realms in the Nevernever and the politics of the Summer and Winter Courts. We have a murder mystery that only magic can get to the bottom of. We have intrigues and complicated plots both in the White Council and the Faerie Courts. And we have a good mess of werewolves, vampire agents and other magical creatures out to make Harry's life a living hell.
Now I was beginning to get a little worried that the books were starting to follow a sort of formula with Harry always being brought to a point of physical exhaustion that later affects his ability to use magic while fighting the bid bad guy. And while Harry had a lot to deal with in this book, the situation didn't quite follow that exact same path of plot development. And things certainly got pretty hairy at the end.
The book had a lot of characters to juggle, especially with some folks from Harry's past coming into the mix. But I never felt overwhelmed with all the names and such since Butcher has a way of breaking down scenes so you only have maybe 3-4 talking heads at most. Bigger sequences like fights and moments of action tend to not have much dialog and focus more on Harry's thinking when he deals with challenges in his way. I envy the seeming ease of his writing. We're reading about Harry dealing with some pretty fantastical stuff and it yet it feels like it's just another afternoon in the city.
I really enjoyed this book. You get a sense that the Dresden universe and the characters in it are really maturing and by this time Butcher has a good idea of what he wants to accomplish and he knows what each of the characters would do given this or that situation. And the fact that the characters are so well-developed and fleshed out is really where the strength of his writing lies.
Summer Knight is a great book that further explores the role of Faerie in this world and also reveals more about Harry's past. The action is great and the the detective piece was very well done and the ending will just blow you away.
This book is so good! I tried to make it last but in the end I was just rushing page after page and completely ignored the pace of the narrator - James Marsters is an excellent narrator, by the way. This book did not have a pause, everything was happening at the same time and I could hear the time running in my head: "tick-tock, tick-tock". What a wonderful magical book! Meep meep!
It is August 2015, pretty close to midsummer, as I write this. In the spring I directed a bunch of fifth graders in a production of the Pyramus and Thisbe excerpt from the play. I have taught "Midsummer" for over twenty years. First time through the novel I missed many of the allusions. This time I didn't. I enjoyed the book so much I plan to give the series another go-round next summer.
If this is your first time touring the realm of Faerie with Harry Dresden, freelance wizard, you are in for a mad, wild ride. Read the first three books first, though. Hang the cost. It's worth it.
I have just enough time to finish the series before school starts again and I have students in front of me, ready to learn Latin that is--I trust--better than Harry's. This year I am teaching only Latin. It will be a blast! And I WILL finish the series. Twelve days, ten books. I can do it.
But I will not be wearing the unauthorized Dresden Files T-shirts that Jim Butcher has asked fans not to buy. I will quote Tolkein, in his foreword to the first Ballantine paperback edition of Lord of the Rings: "Those who respect (at least) living authors will purchase this edition and no other." That applies to unlicensed paraphernalia, in my opinion. Jim Butcher has not authorized the T-shirts. Please do not purchase them until he does so, out of respect for this living author.
Procedo ad liberos ceteros! Valete!
(I go forward to the rest of the books! Farewell!)
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Start here, on book 4, finish all the rest, then go back and read the first 3. Trust me, thank me later.