Book Review: “Christmas Eve” by Jim Butcher

Posted November 6, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Christmas Eve” by Jim Butcher

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Christmas Eve" by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #16.1
Genres: Paranormal Fantasy
Published by Ace Books on December 24, 2018
Pages: 12
Format: eBook
Source: the library

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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, Battle Ground

A short story, 16.1 in The Dresden Files paranormal fantasy series set in Chicago and revolving around Harry Dresden, wizard and Winter Knight. It’s located in the back of Battle Ground.

If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of The Dresden Files books on my website.

My Take

Oh, man. Harry may be a great wizard, but he really sucks at DIY. We know how bad he is because Butcher is using first person protagonist point-of-view from Harry’s perspective. Good thing he’s got Mouse to explain how to put that gift together, lol.

It’s Sarissa who got Mab to watch Frozen, but it’s Molly who shows Harry the sum paid out for events in Battle Ground, 17. She also advises him on raising Maggie…practical advice.

Awww, then there’s that memory Harry recalls…it’s so sweet. Who knew Kris Kringle could be so sentimental… Think Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as characters from Harry’s past pop up.

It’s not so much action, but it is filled with love and a few characters.

The Story

It’s a not-too-popular tradition on Christmas Eve, assembling your child’s presents.

The Characters

Harry Dresden is a wizard, no matter what the White Council says. Maggie is his young daughter. Mouse is the +200-lb dog who guards Maggie.

Michael Carpenter is a retired Knight of the Cross. Charity is his wife. Hank is their youngest.

Mab is the Queen of Air and Darkness, and Harry’s ultimate boss. Molly Carpenter, Harry’s former apprentice, is the Winter Lady and Harry’s immediate boss.

Kris Kringle is one of Odin’s alter egos.

The Cover and Title

The cover is simple with its steel blue horizontal gradient with all the text in black. The title is at the top separated from the author’s name by a dash and “by”. Beneath this is the series information. At the very bottom, the author’s name is repeated.

The title is fitting as it is “Christmas Eve” with all the chores and glee of that special night before Christmas.

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