Saturday, April 12, 2008

Small Favor - Jim Butcher

"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.."

Thankfully I was first in line at the library when this came out. I sped through it in about 3 days (darn homework - kept me from reading!). Small Favor is one of the best Dresden books I've read, I think. Very fast paced, full of action and suspense.

It's hard to review without giving away some pivotal twists so I'll just say that Mab calls in a favor. Gentlemen Johnny Marcone has been kidnapped and she wants him back. The Fallen are back in the game, as well as The Archive and Kincaid. The new characters are The Gruffs (as in Billy Goat....yeah, Harry is attacked by a fairytale) as sent by Summer to kill Harry.

The one good twist? Harry *might* be getting some :) Poor guy, it's about time.

My main concern towards the end is the safety of some of the main characters. I'm actually worried that one won't make it back to the next novel. The last fight against the Fallen to save The Archive and Marcone was a brutal one, possibly one of the most brutal fights that Harry and co. has been in.

Excellent book in the series!
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