By Jim Butcher
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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.
Matteo Bortolotti said on Oct 06, 2015, 23:10
CMT said on Aug 11, 2011, 17:28
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..
RubraAddicted said on Mar 20, 2011, 20:28
Miquel Codony said on Jul 16, 2010, 06:57
wilkinsjordan said on Jan 07, 2010, 18:11
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.
Pamar said on Nov 08, 2009, 10:11
Odio ripetermi, ma anche in queso caso Butcher fa un lavoro notevole. Il paesaggio intorno a Dresden continua a disegnarsi ed arricchirsi di elementi, e i dettagli non appesantiscono ma rendono l'ambiente in cui i personaggi di Butcher si muovono sempre più complesso e solido.
I personaggi già incontrati in passato che ritornano in scena vengono meglio approfonditi e inquadrati, alcuni sembrano anche cresciuti rispetto alle loro precedenti apparizioni, si agiungono personaggi nuovi e la trama si fa sempre più complessa riuscendo a non perdere una goccia di originalità, di ironia e di scorrevolezza.
zia fed zeppelin said on Feb 16, 2008, 12:03
Zhye said on Aug 02, 2007, 18:51
bluetyson said on Mar 03, 2007, 01:01