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Review: Summer KnightSummer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Roc on Jun 10, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

Oh, Harry, how I’ve missed you and your antics. This is an urban fantasy series that I felt immediately familiar and comfortable with, and even though I had a long break between this book and the previous, I was able to pick it back up without any hesitation. There is just something so easy about these books.

As a series progression book, this one felt a bit slow, but as a stand alone plot, it was enjoyable. It’s odd, since so much happened in the book, including many things that will have long lasting series fallout, but the overall feel was quite subdued.

I think a large part of that is due to Harry’s attitude. He started out the book at a very low point. He was depressed and it showed in every aspect of his life. By the end of the book, there was obvious improvement, but the negative feelings did penetrate to the very feel of the book, making this one of the darker ones to date.

I listened to the audiobook, and as always, it’s the only way to go with this series. The narrator really is Harry, down to the very breathing.

Overall, this is a great addition to the series. It was interesting to get a glimpse into wizard politics, and even better to see some secondary characters from previous books. I can’t wait to start the next one.

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