Length: 11 hours and 21 minutes
Series: The Dresden Files #5
Genres: Action, Crime, Mystery, Paranormal
Published by Penguin Audio, Roc Pages: 464
Narrator: James Marster
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Also in this series: Peace Talks
Also by this author: Storm Front, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town, Shadowed Souls, Blood Rites, Proven Guilty , White Night , Small Favor , Turn Coat , Changes , Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files , Peace Talks , Peace Talks
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for.
A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...
Professional hit men using Harry for target practice...
The missing Shroud of Turin...
A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...
Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semivampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.
First Thoughts: Two words that describes awesome…Harry Dresden!!! I absolutely love listening to this series!!!
The more you get into this series the better it gets as the more trouble Harry gets into. Things have been building up and Harry has gotten himself into some serious trouble since he killed a vampire and some of her followers.
Now he has to duel with a vampire to end the war between vampires and wizards! It wont end up good for Harry because there is not much of a way he will win.
Father Vincent needs Harry to find the Shroud of Torin and he is not the only one who is looking for it. Harry meets some extremely nasty Demons who wants the Shroud and don’t’ mind killing Harry.
There is never just one thing going on with Harry. The Knights of the Cross are around to lend a hand and his friend Micheal wants him to stay away from looking for the Shroud because of all the bad things that are going to happen but of course that wont happen. His ex-girlfriend turned vampire is back, but she only came back to tell Harry what she was going to do and it involves moving away. Now that she is here though she lends a hand to Harry when he gets in trouble. There is also some murderer going around collecting body parts and of course there has to be links to Harry.
Harry doesn’t always go looking for trouble but trouble is always looking for Harry.
I really enjoyed this book a lot more than any of the others in the series, I think mainly because with each book you are getting more and more of the world building and the different creatures that in the stories. The consequences for Harry’s actions in previous books are really starting to heat up with Duke Ortega coming to announce that he must duel Harry. The author does such a wonderful job of putting things all together to make an extremely interesting world.
Honestly I haven’t read a lot of books where a man has written such an intense love scene. (Nope I don’t read Nicholas Sparks!) So I guess I was very surprised by it and thought it was wonderfully done. It is also nice to see Susan struggling with her new vampiric nature especially when she is around Harry.
I think one of my favorite characters from this book would have to be The Archives. She is a young girl who has no name but The Archives, so Harry gives her the name Ivy (Arch Ivies).
If you have never tried this series then I would really recommend it as I just simply love it!
As far as I am concerned James Marster is Harry Dresden! He just gets better and better with each book and well I could just listen to his voice all day. 🙂