by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #16
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 12 hours and 53 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher, Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
HARRY DRESDEN IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.
When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?
The Dresden Files are a favorite here at Caffeinated, and in the past two years I’ve devoured the audiobooks. Like most of his fandom, Peace Talks by Jim Butcher was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020. Butcher did not disappoint as he weaved his magic.
About three months have passed since the last story ended. Dresden is living with Maggie, his daughter. Bonea nicknamed Bonnie along with Mouse and Mister the cat are residing with them. They have apartments within the Svartalves compound. Dresden believes they are safe… that is until something happens with his brother and all hell breaks loose. I need answers. LOL
A vacuum of power developed after the vanquishing of the red court. A supernatural conclave is gathering in Chicago to discuss threats from the Outsiders and to form an accord against power struggles.
People aren’t happy with Dresden or his position on the council. To save his brother, he’ll owe favors.
We see Molly, Butters, Mave, and have to deal with Dresden’s grandfather. We even spend some interesting time with Murphy and The Vampire Queen. I loved it. Butcher has developed his secondary characters and they have become just as important to me as Harry himself.
Butters and Murphy continue to be favorites, and Bonnie was a hoot. I enjoy how Butcher weaves in humor while placing our characters in peril.
We battle the creepy Outsiders who are moving in to fill the void left by the Red Court. Yikes. It brought back memories from previous books and hinted at things to come. OMG. We deal with some pretty intense battle scenes before Butcher sends us off to deal with the fairy courts.
Harry continues to grow as a character, especially now that he is a father. He can see more of the big picture and it changes his perspective. His loyalty to family and belief in the good of others may yet get him killed, but I wouldn’t want him to change.
Fair warning this ends of a cliff and I am already counting down the days until Battle Ground.
James Marsters is the voice of Harry and the other characters. Over the series we see him grow as a narrator as the industry grows right along with him. A stellar performance and one of my favorite narrators.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Hi, Kimberly. I was disappointed that Mab seemed to be so easily pushed aside by Ethinu in Peace Talks. For all of the previous books where she is referenced, she has been pretty much at the top of the food chain, entities are either afraid of her or at least aware of her. There just seemed to be a dismissal of her at the Party scene.
Any thoughts on that?
Honestly, I think Mab has been feared for too long and never saw it coming. It also shows just how powerful Ethniu really is. It was an intense scene. It gave weight to the trouble Harry is up against. I cannot wait for Battle Ground. Thanks for commenting.
Debbie S Haupt
This author and series is on my list thanks to all your fab reviews Kim
Lover of Romance
Sounds like a winner in this one. I love seeing the authors we love weave their magic. And having a narrator really do their role so well is always a plus.
Anne - Books of My Heart
It’s one of my favorite series ever and yes, this was a most anticipated MUST listen. Fabulous review! It’s true that many characters have become dear to me in addition to Harry.
Glad I am not the only one. This was a nice buildup and I am glad we don’t have to wait long for the next one!
MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK of 2020! For certain. It was like coming home… hearing Marsters as Dresden again. At least we only have two months to wait for more.
Thanks the gods! LOL
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Great review! I’ve got 2 more books I think before I’m caught up and to this one.
i have been seeing jim all over the place today. you don’t have to convince me that i need to jump on this bandwagon 🙂
At least you know it needs to be done. ?
I know I always say it, but I really need to start reading/listening to some Butcher books. Everyone who has read his stuff loves it.
Hehe..you do. It took me about 18 months to devour the audiobooks. You got this.
Heather @ RandomRedheadedRamblings
I was just writing about the first book in this series for a post later in the week. I really need to start from scratch with this series, I am glad to see the series is still a good read/listen!
Welcome to the fandom. I was late to the game too, but love the series.