Synopses & Reviews
The new novel in the New York Times
bestselling Dresden Files
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...
"Intricate yet accessible plotting and near-Arctic winter weather mark the 10th Harry Dresden adventure from bestseller Butcher (after 2007's White Night). A friendly snowball fight opens the Chicago-based wizard-detective's latest tale, but it's not long before a host of more dangerous foes are out for Harry's blood. A missing human mobster is said to be seeking greater influence among Chicago's extranormal population, but the true threat proves both more subtle and of much greater consequence. Butcher smoothly manages a sizable cast of allies and adversaries, doles out needed backstory with crisp efficiency and sustains just the right balance of hair's-breadth tension and comic relief. Encounters with a series of increasingly dangerous 'Billy Goats Gruff' unfold with particular cleverness, and key developments involving Sgt. Karrin Murphy, Harry's reluctant police liaison, will intrigue seasoned fans as well as newcomers attracted by last year's TV adaptation of the series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Packed with the epic battling characteristic of the Dresden Files...this is another fine combination of mystery and fantasy, seasoned by Harry's appalling sense of humor." Booklist
"Set in a modern Chicago that includes the presence of supernatural creatures, this tale of urban sword and sorcery features compelling characters and superb storytelling and belongs in most libraries. Highly recommended." Library Journal
Jim Butcher delivers the new novel in his New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe. She's calling in a small favor he can't refuse one that will strain his skills and loyalties to their very limits.
THE New York Times Bestseller
Harry Dresden?s life finally seems to be calming down?until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry?one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills?and loyalties?to their very limits.
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen shroud of Turin.
About the Author
Jim Butcher is a full-time writer who lives with his wife, son, and ferocious guard dog.