The book keeps expanding our knowledge of the Dresdenverse, introducing some new characters and factions, and high-profile ones (some explicitally, some introduced through mentions and Checkov's Guns), while also giving us more insight about the war and Red Court's plans and motivations.
It also has an excellent pacing, always keeping the readers on the edge and making danger for Harry constant until the very end of the book, neve overdoing and never having his treaths seeming trivial, it also gives us some characterization for Marcone and, while Murpy's role is smalle in this book, she still has her role, and humans it starts showing that even plain humans' actions can influence supernatural entities' schemes.
It has to be said that, despite that, it's just not as good as "Summer Knight", Nicodemus is, to be fair, quite impressive, but on the whole the Denarians are not as impressive and intriguing as the faeries were, and Ortega's plotline could have been expanded a bit, on the other hand Susan's story is developed through the whole book and is really interesting.
The 5th book of this serie doesn't disappoint.
It's very similar to the earlier ones and since Dresden is quite funny I don't see why a reader should put the books aside. Whichever subplot Butcher has in mind(and I know there is..there MUST be one!) at the moment is still hiding somewhere..so there's not much to say besides: start reading from book 1 or you'll miss a lot of connections in the future!
See you after the 6th volume..
Love reading about Harry Dresden! I've been hopping all around the series, so know different things, but am always surprised by what happens. Harry seems like a good person to know
Butcher keeps rolling out his trademark high-energy, slightly sloppy, pedal-to-the-floor-and-hope-they-won't-notice mix of noir and urban fantasy.
Harry Potter for (the not so) adults. The books feel like comic novel (I suppose there are comics about the character, too, they made a TV series already, after all) so don't expect Gene Wolfe.
After 5 books I start noticing that in his effort to keep the adrenaline high the author is perhaps packing too many things in too little space (and time). This requires the introduction of always larger teams of more and more powerful baddies, and a veritable Legion Of The Super GoodDoers to help the main characters, who is competent and powerful, but often needs a little deus-ex-machiery to save his hide.
Check your disbelief at the door, and enjoy....Continua