Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Just finished reading Summer Knight by Jim Butcher.  The fourth instalment in The Dresden Files series.  I don’t know how he manages to do it but these books just keep getting better and better.  This story was really entertaining.  Hells Bells – it was brilliant.  Beware of spoilers in the text below – they might be unintentional but that makes them no less annoying!

Harry hasn’t been the same since Grave Peril when Susan became infected with a taste for blood.  He’s blaming himself and to a certain extent he’s having a bit of a pity party.  He’s also on a fast track to being evicted from his home and business and having very few friends left to speak of due to his ill humour and almost reclusive habits.  On top of that it appears that everyone seems to be interested in seeing him dead.  Assassins seem to be popping out all over the place and going out even for a stroll in the park with your werewolf buddy has become a dangerous business.

However, it’s funny how just as you’re thinking that things can’t get any worse they sink ten feet lower and then they continue to all new record breaking levels of badness.  Not only is Harry about to be visited by the White Council and potentially be offered up as a sacrificial lamb, but he’s also going to make a deal with the Winter Queen of Faerie.  Making deals with the fey is never recommended, they twist and turn like a twisty turny thing, they talk in riddles, they’re mischevious at best and downright evil at worst and they take pleasure in the perverse.  They cannot tell a lie but this doesn’t mean they always speak the truth.

So things are about to get very hairy for Harry – pretty quickly.  As usual, he’s a complete sucker for a female in distress therefore not only is he working as the Winter Queen’s emissary and trying to appease the White Council but he’s also taken on a separate job for a bunch of changelings.

There’s so much going on in this novel that it’s difficult to put it down – basically because there’s never a good point to break off.  It’s hair tearing and almost maddeningly entertaining.  Harry seems to stagger, roll, fall or plain get pushed from one almost death situation to the next gathering clues like moss along the way.

In terms of characters we have the usual appearances from Bob and Murphy, Toot Toot and his mini army also come out to play and we get to meet someone in this story that we’ve only heard about previously.

I really like Harry.  He’s not perfect but he does the right thing.  He’s not a wuss.  He gets stuck in and he keeps his sense of humour in the face of terrible odds.

On top of this I love the way that Butcher is building up this whole world of other beings around Harry.  With each new instalment his world expands and we have different tie ins from previous stories.

Without a question of doubt for me each of these books has got better, I don’t see how that can continue – it seems against the odds doesn’t it?  But, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief here.

Surprisingly I don’t think I have any criticisms at all for this one.  It was downright good fun.  Thoroughly entertaining and a definite must read.

I’m really falling for this series and the good thing about this is that there’s plenty more to look forward to.

 

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11 Responses to “Summer Knight by Jim Butcher”

  1. nrlymrtl

    Ah! You make me want to re-read this entire series. I love how Harry ages, grows, and the world gets more complicated.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean – I actually very rarely reread things and I wonder why! Mind you there’s always so many new things to read. I can’t keep up!

      Lynn 😀

      • nrlymrtl

        It’s very easy to get distracted by the next shiny book, and rarely make it back to a book or series for a reread.

  2. TBM

    I’ve only read the first one, but I have been keeping an eye out for the second one in the series. I have a few on my shelf, but not in order. I’m a stickler about reading them in order.

    • lynnsbooks

      You definitely need to read on but I think you’re doing the right thing waiting to read them in order. I’m sure that these could probably be read as a stand alone no problem but I definitely feel that the series is getting better with each book. The background, the world building, the characters, just everything. And little bits come into play in each successive novel so definitely read in order. That’s my advice anyway. Plus, there’s 14! So we’ve got loads of look forward to yet.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Michael

    You’re right about the novels only getting better. I spent a good chunk of time getting caught up on this series a few years ago and it was worth it. The downside is that now I have to wait a year between new installments. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think it’s going to be a while before I have to wait a year between books – no point in rushing after all.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Marcia

    You have so much in store for you, I almost envy the fact that you’ve barely scratched the surface of this series. I can promise you that if you like these early books, you will be blown away by the later ones. They get bigger and better in every way, with every character growing in dimension, and the plot lines becoming fantastic. I just finished the latest one, Cold Days, and I don’t remember an Urban Fantasy book any better. It was EPIC. Hope you enjoy every one of them as much as I did. Now, I have to figure out how I’m going to make it a year before the next one comes out. Geeeesh. Jim Butcher can be CRUEL, I tell ya! Brilliant, but cruel. Write faster, Jim. Write like a thing possessed!

    • lynnsbooks

      Hi
      I’m really enjoying it. And, I agree, that this is really developing as it goes along. I can’t wait to read them all really but I’m trying to resist the urge to just rush through them all. That way it won’t seem so long to wait in between books.
      Lynn 😀

      • Marcia

        If I had had them all available at once, I would have been immersed in Harry’s world for weeks! 😀 I really want to re-read the whole series while I’m waiting for the next book. (Did I mention it’s epic?) Ha.

        I’m going to enjoy checking out your reviews, and I hope you’ll stop by my book blog, as well at http://www.marciameara.wordpress.com (That’s for Bookin’ It) I have a 2nd blog as well, but it’s more generalized, and heavy into garden related stuff. I just always love to meet new book lovers, and to have a chance to talk about what we are reading.

      • lynnsbooks

        I know where you’re coming from – I’ve done that whole ‘immersing’ myself in a world before now and read everything in a few weeks. I’m so used to waiting for books though (which I do very impatiently) that I’m really quite enjoying taking my time. Figured I might go for a book a month.
        Lynn 😀

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