Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher: Book Review

Everyone who tells you that the first books are worth burning through is right. I’m aware that there are still some future books that may well fall flat, but that’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of this series. Now that I’ve see what Butcher was capable of when this book was written, I am so excited to see what the future books have to offer.

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Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can’t pay his rent. He’s alienating his friends. He can’t even recall the last time he took a shower.

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can’t refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him–and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen’s right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen’s name.

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything… -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

SPOILER FREE

This was a damn good book. It feels like this series is beginning to shake off its roots and come into its own.

There is a whole cast of characters in here; some we had already met, and others were new. The newer ones were a little tricky to keep in order in my head, but that’s more my fault than the writer’s.

Murphy had her moment and I loved it. No spoilers, but I am so glad we finally saw more of what she is capable of. Her character is becoming more developed, and now that certain things have happened, I am sure we will see even more of her being a badass.

Harry Dresden is the perfect hero. So often, he is stuck with no way out, but he never gives up. This is what makes him so loved by the fans, I think. He cares deeply not only for the people closest to him, but for all innocents too. Yes, there are moments where (and this has happened in all 4 books so far) he is screwed and someone saves him at the last moment, but that is part of the charm of these books. He’s not all-powerful – he’s as flawed and screwed as the rest of us, and that’s brilliant.

Now, the plot of this book is so good! It’s complex and has multiple plotlines that twist and come together in such a satisfying way. I felt a huge wave of emotion when the story came to a head and Dresden went all out in one of the latter chapters. I was hooked in and the pages weren’t going to let me go until I’d damn well finished the book.

Everyone who tells you that the first books are worth burning through is right. I’m aware that there are still some future books that may well fall flat, but that’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of this series. Now that I’ve see what Butcher was capable of when this book was written, I am so excited to see what the future books have to offer.


Reviews for The Dresden Files

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)

See all of my reviews for The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher HERE

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