Battle Ground (The Dresden Files #17)

The real battle for your own soul isn’t about falling from a great height; > it’s about descending, or not, one choice at a time.

That right there. Battle Ground That is the second half of Peace Talks. They should have been one book, and are best read back to back like that. But so it goes.


Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16)

Home, like love, hate, war, and peace, is one of those words that is so > important that it doesn’t need more than one syllable. Home is part of the > fabric of who humans are. Doesn’t matter if you’re a vampire or a wizard or > a secretary or a schoolteacher; you have to have a home, even if only in > principle-there has to be a zero point from which you can make comparisons > to everything else. Home tends to be it.

Holy crap.


Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15)

And then there was a heist.

Book 15, so the Denarians are due. In they came, and not in a way that anyone would have expected. Turns out, Mab owes Nicodemus a favor. She wants Dresden to carry it out.


Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14)

Dresden is remarkably good at weaseling his way out of deals he should never have gotten himself into in the first place. This time around though? His number is up. He has to work for Mab.

Mab first job for her new Knight? Kill Maeve.


Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13)

And then he was dead. Ish. .

Of course the ending of Changes couldn’t be the end of Dresden. And after Ghost Story, I think I can forgive Butcher for that cliff hanger. Mostly. :)


Changes (The Dresden Files #12)

** spoiler alert ** Damn.

In the first chapter of Changes, Dresden learns he has a daughter. Throughout the book, he loses everything (his car, his office, his home…). He makes deals he promised he would never make.


Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11)

Morgan shows up on Dresden’s doorstep and asks for his help. Things degrade pretty much exactly as you might expect from there.

We do get a third part in the trifeta of styles from the previous two books: mystery to action to political thriller. There is still plenty of the first two, but now we’re dealing primarily with the fallout of a politically motivated murder.


Small Favor (The Dresden Files #10)

Small Favor combines my favorite parts of the Dresden Files: the Denarians and Knights of the Cross, Marcone, and the Fae in varying degrees. On top of that, where White Night tended towards mystery, Small Favor is straight up actions. The story hits the ground running and never really stops, right through several big set piece battles and one of the bigger finales we’ve seen (albeit not quite up to the level of Sue…).

On top of that, we get another of Butcher’s lovely twists which just drop the bottom out of a story. You think you know what’s going on… turns out you’ve missed the same huge clue that Dresden has. I’m always impressed with those.


White Night (The Dresden Files #9)

I think this is one of the first of the Dresden Files books that really feels like a more traditional mystery. (Or at least my idea thereof; I don’t read much traditional mystery). Mysterious shadowy figures and murders abound and throughout it’s unclear exactly who/what is responsible. There are a few clues for the reader that Dresden otherwise misses, but for the most part, we learn about happenings as they happen.

One really cool scene: Dresden takes advantage of the fact that you can draw energy from the surrounding environment in order to power a spell. He proceed to shoot off a pillar of fire 2-3 feet wide and 20 stories high into the night sky. Can you imagine being a mortal living in Chicago and seeing that? The best part: He didn’t even need the fire. He just needed to freeze a chunk of Lake Michigan. Love it.


Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8)

Another very solid entry.

Basically, there’s black magic afoot. Fear monsters from the Nevernever are attacking a horror movie convention and it’s up to Dresden to find out why. Add to that complications with Michael’s now almost adult daughter Molly. The interactions between Molly and Dresden are weird and uncomfortable at times, but on the other hand they seem for the most part disturbingly realistic.