Review of audiobook
Reading Level: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 3, 2002
Pages: 379 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
This is Book 4 in a long-running urban-fantasy series about Harry Dresden, a wizard detective in Chicago. Harry is constantly getting into trouble because he believes strongly in an obligation to protect those who are being victimized by bullies, both magical and mortal. He also has a network of powerful, magical acquaintances, many of whom make impossible “offers you can’t refuse.” This book’s plot is very much the latter. Queen Mab, the Sidhe (fae) Queen of Winter, has a deal with Harry that he cannot escape. He must complete three tasks of her choosing for her. The task that forms the backbone of the plot of this book is to find out who killed the Summer Knight.
Harry continues to be an honorable and very active protagonist, both of which traits make him a very sympathetic and truly heroic hero.
Jim Butcher keeps upping the ante for poor Harry. The villains are very scary and there is constant, wild action.
I have experienced this novel both in Kindle format and multiple times as an audiobook. As for the previous three books, it is narrated by actor James Marsters, best known for playing the character Spike, a platinum-blond, British vampire in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel, between 1997 and 2004. Marsters does a wonderful job. He is outstanding at portraying all kinds of voices, from small children, to women and men of all ages, as well as the accents of different nationalities. He also doesn’t just dryly read the story, but dramatically acts out all the parts.
I rate this book as follows:
Action-Adventure Plot: 5
Audiobook Narration: 5