by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #10
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness - and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse, one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits.
It figures. Everything was going too well to last....
Do you know what I love about the Dresden Files on Audio? After I finish each book, I am left feeling like this was my favorite and then I open the next and Butcher changes my mind! Small Favor has it all from incredible nail-biting action to mind games and don’t even get me started on the creatures we encounter.
After the events of White Night, it was nice to hear Harry has had a relatively quiet year. Time to spend with his brother, friends and preparing his young apprentice but all that is about to change when Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry.
Narrated by James Marsters this tale comes to life through his narration. From the voices, to his able to make you feel each characters’ emotions it has been delightful listening to Marsters become a masterful narrator.
I know I say this all the time, but hands to God, this series gets better with every book. From the nail-biting pace to the favor they task Harry with, there are twists and turns, betrayals, revelations and a lot of kickassary.
Mobster kingpin Johnny Marcone has been kidnapped by those in the supernatural world and Mab wants him found. And everyone is taking sides which causes danger for Harry and the friends he enlists to aid him. Denizens of the Summer Court attack, the Order of the Blackened Denarias want the Archive and so much more.
Harry enlists the Knights of the Cross, Murphy, Thomas, Molly and Kincaid to aid him. He also gains help from a talking skull whom I happen to love. Humor, tests of friendship and more await you! While the threads are action packed, I also felt like Butcher was using this as a bridge book. It will test Harry’s friendship with Michael as Molly matures.
While the story is far from perfect and a time or two, I needed to re-listen to a section to keep up there is no doubt Butcher is a tremendous storyteller. Together with Marsters are narrator they weave magic. I lost track of time, laughed aloud and simple enjoy!
Yeah, I cannot wait to dive into the next audio.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I so have to get into this series!
I love this series so much. I completely agree with you. The more you read, the better the series gets. I love Bob the Skull so much. I think the reason the TV series didn’t do as well as it should was they had a hard time with Bob. He’s hard to recreate on TV without a larger budget.
I’ve never read any of this series but it sounds really good. I think I’d enjoy narration by James Marsters.
I’ve seen so many readers enjoying The Dresden Files, I’m so curious about them. Nice job getting to number 10. What a massive series! I love it when a series ages well and gets better with every book.
I love seeing you breeze through these and find out that with every next read the series is only getting better and better. That is definitely the best feeling to have when racing through the series. And it hasn’t disappointed!
Tyler H. Jolley
I gotta start this series asap. I love when it just keeps getting better book after book.
Bonnie @ For the Love of Words
I listened to and enjoyed the first two of this series on audio as well. I keep meaning to get back into this series. Thanks for the reminder! Great review. 🙂
I completely agree with you about the feeling “it can’t get better,” and then IT DOES! From here on out, the series just grows stronger and stronger. Gah! I love it! Thanks.
Aleen @ Lampshade Reader
I love it when characters that have been through the ringer can catch a break every now and then. Brings to mind Hercule Poirot. Every time he went on vacation, something happened. LOL.
It’s always good when a new book in a series trumps the previous one. Great review!
His books really do sound good.
I love how each one becomes your new favorite.
I love a series that keeps on getting better and better. You are whipping right through this series!
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
You keep me amazed that this series maintains such a high standard after ten books. Butcher is a wonderfully inventive author 🙂
Anne - Books of My Heart
Gah! You make me want to go re-binge this series and it took me almost 2 years to listen to them all from the library and then buy them all. I finished up to Brief Cases last summer. I love them so.
Excellent review. They do get better with each book.
Annddd… I’m beginning to sound like a cracked record! But I will get my Kindle Fire fired up and start reading Audible books! And this will be a series I will be loading up…
Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
This is a great series to read or listen. Thank’s for sharing.
I am getting ready to listen to this one, so just skimmed but can’t wait!! 🙂
Oh Kim every time I read one of your Dresden File reviews the series climbs higher on my wish list. Thank you for this fantastic look at my future 🙂
I have seen so many people read this series, I am glad you enjoyed it.
I think I’ll add this to my audio listen wish list. Great review!
Wow. You are blasting your way through Butcher’s books. On my way to the library, via kindle, to see what’s available. Happy reading.
I love that you are reading through these so quickly! At the rate I am going it will take me forever to catch up. 😉
a whole year without getting in trouble! That’s a good record there
I confess that I only tried the first novel in this series.