When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?
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“Okay,” Butters said. “So… that just happened.” He regarded the ectoplasm and then me and shook his head. “Your life, Harry. What the hell?”
Hell’s bells. I have waited for years for this book. And now it is here and I loved it! If I could hope for anything more, it would be more book. And Battle Ground is coming in September so woo-hoo!
Peace Talks takes place about a month after Skin Game does (which really was a peace of mind for me). It starts with an absolutely riveting sentence that I never expected to hear, and it just took it from there. This book had absolutely everything that I have been waiting six years to read. It had Dresden being himself, only he has somehow actually matured a bit. It had Murphy being an absolute badass. There was Molly in her new role, doing her actual duties. It even had Maggie being adorable, with Mouse and Mister, too!
It also had danger at every turn, of course. There are going to be Peace Talks between the players in the supernatural world that we have come to know and hate, and the Fomorians who have grown like a wildfire up to no good in the wake of the utter destruction of the Red Court Vampires. Despite being unsure of both his welcome in the ranks of the White Council and his duties with them after becoming the Winter Knight, Dresden is invited to act as Warden during the Peace Talks.
All while the White Council is voting to strip Dresden of his inclusion in the council entirely. And with all of his allies on the Council being in Chicago for the Peace Talks, this could turn out badly for Dresden. Also, his brother, Thomas, has been credibly accused of killing a svartalf in their embassy. Where Dresden just happens to live. And the svartalves are baying for blood (and justice, but mostly blood).
I debated with myself about how much I could say in this review, and it isn’t really much. Because this feels like half a book. And it is. Which is why I say my one complaint is that I wanted more. When I first learned that Peace Talks was in July and Battle Ground was in September, I feared that they were one book that had to be split into two due to length. And those fears were realized because that is exactly what Peace Talks feels like.
This is still an outstanding book. I loved it to pieces, every single moment of it. Even when it was breaking my heart. It hits all the parts a book needs to hit, including a sort of climax. But this is still only half the story, and you can tell. Because there is going to be pain, and anger, and just danger on an epic scale. In the next book. And it is only set up in Peace Talks. This isn’t going to happen in the distant future like it does in previous books setting things up for events far in advance, but it is going to happen soon. There is a date and everything.
And I can’t wait.
Very big thanks to Ace Books and Edelweiss for providing this copy for review.