Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 371 pages
Setting: a magical Chicago, present day, a few months after the events in Gravel Peril
Interest: It’s the fourth book in the Dresden Files series
Summary: Harry Dresden is looking for a cure for vampirism and not having any luck. He gets pulled out of his research by Mab, Queen of the Winter Court of the Faerie. The mantle of a Summer Knight has disappeared and Mab wants Harry to find it. He also needs to clear his name with the Wizard Court, which they decided he can do by completing this task for Mab. Along the way, he enlists the aid of a bunch of werewolves, Murphy, and his long-lost (and thought dead) first love Elaine. The Faerie Courts go to war over the lost power, but Harry is able to avert permanent damage.
Final thoughts: Lots of fun and action, as per usual. Poor Harry is always almost dying, or at least being gravely injured, and working from behind. He still manages to bull his way through to success. I like the fact that the books in the Dresden Files don’t pick up immediately after each other. There’s a couple of months time elapsed between each. Those are the boring times that we skip over, which make it more believable that Harry could survive all the excitement contained in the books. The craziness we see is not his whole life.
Title comes from: The death of the Summer Knight precipitated all the problems
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was a review of a book read in a previous year.
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