So readers, I’ve got some news. I’m not really sure how to say this. Um, well here it goes. Harry’s away with the fairies. Gone completely round the bend. As nutty as a bag of squirrels. As batty as Bruce Wayne’s briefs. Why else would he try to fight creatures which can seemingly level cities?
I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but this book was such a wild ride its easily done. After the nights of vampires and werewolves Harry just came off this one’s much faster paced. The time limit’s more apparent, the threats infinitely larger, and at last we get to see more of Harry’s past.
He’s been a bit tight lipped about it before now. There were failed romances and a spot of teacher killing mentioned but that’s about it really. But here we are with an old flame and his second mentor in the mix. Ah Dresden you may think that air of mystery is why all the ladies love you so, but after a while they’re just going to smack you till you share and I for one want a front row seat. Preferably out of the splash zone but for a bit more of your history I’m willing to get a bit dirty. Bet I’m not the first to say that to you either.
Anyway, in this tale Harry is indeed off with the fairies, tasked with solving the murder of the Summer Knight; One of the fairy courts mortal Champion. To make matters more complicated, he’s been charged with completing this task by The White Council due to his part in causing their war with the vampire Red Court. Turns out killing off a high ranking noble of theirs has repercussions. Who’d a thunk it?
Well on this tale we see the Harry of book one make a return, focusing mainly on his detective and deductive skills, his relationship with Murphy and how it contrasts to that with his old flame. Yes the magic is bigger than before, and sure the action is orders of magnitudes larger than that of Grave Peril, but it still feels more like Storm Front then the other two. Harry’s found his groove again, he’s got his mojo back baby and he’s looking for a fight. Those fairies had better watch out.
It should go without saying if you’ve read this far, but you have to read this book. Everything’s ramped up, there’s tons of backstory for Harry and co, and there’s even a dismemberment by chainsaw thrown in for good measure.
What more could you want?
“Here’s where I ask why don’t you spend your time doing something safer and more boring. Like maybe administering suppositories to rabid gorillas.”
Amazon Link: Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book Four: 4