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…
I was looking at a Faerie Queen. Talking to a Faerie Queen. And she had me by the short hairs. Boy, and I’d thought my life was on the critical list already.
Wow, Summer Knight is a roller coaster. Jim Butcher has really come into his writing now, and this is just an incredibly fun story. I had forgotten how much had changed between the start of the series and this book.
Summer Knight starts on a sad note. Dresden is a wreck because he blames himself for Susan’s infection with vampireness. Every single person we see comments on how terrible Dresden looks – and he isn’t normally that much of a looker so he must really look terrible, indeed!
The only thing that draws Dresden out of this funk is a new case that will see him killed if he doesn’t solve it adequately. The Queen of the Winter Court of sidhe, Mab, has come to Dresden to find a killer and return what was stolen. Which Dresden was more than willing to blow off in favour of moping around some more, until he learned that it will save his life if he solves this.
Due to Dresden’s actions in the previous book, namely starting an entire war between the Red Court Vampires and the White Council Wizards, the White Council has decided to check in. They want to figure out how much of this is Dresden’s fault and how to fix it with the Vampires to stop this war before even more lives are lost. Just when they are deciding his fate, Dresden realizes that something that would help the war effort is in his hands: the Wizards need a treaty with the Winter Court to secure easy travel through the Never Never. If Dresden helps Mab, the treaty is secured.
Of course nothing is ever that simple.
I really enjoyed rereading this installment of the series. There is so many good things about it. Dresden has more emotional depth than he did before, and it shows real character growth. His friendships are becoming more like friendships. Dresden even managed to tell people he knew what was going on instead of keeping everything from him!
This was just fun. Dresden still goes from frying pan to fire multiple times. He even manages to mostly keep his head above water for once. I loved everything this book did and set up for later. Even if you never read this series before, you can tell how many things are being set up, even if you don’t know what is going to pay off and when. I just feel like I’m a part of something huge when reading this.