Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
In this novel in Jim Butcher’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, an old debt puts Chicago wizard Harry Dresden in harms way...Harry’s life finally seems to be calming down. The White Council’s war with the vampiric Red Court is easing up, no one’s tried to kill him lately, and his eager apprentice is starting to learn real magic. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry. Just one 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. And everything was going so well for once...
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"I've discovered that i don't enjoy a book in a series that mirrors the plot of another book in the same series. I'm not talking about structure or even beats. I'm talking about the same story: The same characters set up the same situation with the same tensions and the same stakes. <br/><br/>It's especially bad when, as the reader, you stop and look down at the book in your hands and wonder, "Did I pick up a previously read installment instead of the newest one?"<br/><br/>SMALL FAVOR was unique enough in the opening that I didn't mistake it for its predecessor, but I found no joy in wondering how the story might unfold. In a series already so formulaic as the Dresden Files, it is a real drag to have something interesting happen and think, "Yeah, but this is just like that other time that Mab did X, Y, and said Z."<br/><br/>Even so, the author still pulled off that mysterious thing he does with these books: There is always a line, a theme, or a scene that makes the whole thing worthwhile - even beautiful. And the end of this book had me sobbing like a baby. <br/><br/>Which is why I'll keep reading.<br/><br/>That said, this installment was written especially poorly, with two characters in particular serving as plot and formula placeholders very uncharacteristic for them. It's unfortunate that one of them is also a cheap rendering of a woman in power. Ugh. Just: Ugh."
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