Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Roc on Feb 10, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.
Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry.
His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken.
This book felt very removed from the previous book in the series. This book takes place a year after the last one, and the main supporting character, Michael, is apparently Harry’s new best friend. Murphy barely features in the story while Michael is with Harry every step of the way. Where did Michael come from? There is a bit of back story provided, but I still felt very out of the loop.
Harry felt much more vulnerable and fragile in this story. We learn more about his past when his godmother appears repeatedly. Harry has had a hard life, and the memories his godmother’s presence stirs up definitely highlight this. Harry also suffers a lot of injuries in this story, both physical and emotional, and it is difficult to watch him struggle. He is such a likable and relatable character that you want him to catch a break and have something good happen. This rarely happens in this story, and that’s sad.
The story featured a lot of vampires, and they are quite scary. They are deadly and dangerous, and are portraited as vicious monsters. The one exception was Thomas, who I quite liked. He was an unexpected friend that seemed to be quite different from the other vampires Harry was surrounded by.
Overall, this was another exciting story in the series, but it felt much more melancholy than the others. Harry’s suffering seeming to be a key theme, and created a much more sombre feel. The narration was spot on as usual, and I would highly recommend the audiobook version, like the previous books. If you have to witness Harry’s suffering, it is better to hear it right from him, in a narration that feels like Harry’s voice.