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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
The latest installment of the Dresden Files is sure to please longtime fans. Harry hurtles from one dangerous situation to the other -- wisecracking all the way -- in a story that's jam-packed with nonstop action. What Butcher lacks in subtlety as a writer, he definitely makes up for in humor. There are interesting developments and revelations in this volume, but as usual, events seem a bit opaque until Harry figures out what's going on himself.
Mab, monarch of the Winter Court and Queen of Air and Darkness, has decided to call in the second of three favors that Harry Dresden owes her. All she wants is for him to save gangster Johnny Marcone, who has disappeared under suspiciously supernatural circumstances.
By agreeing to do so, Harry puts himself in the middle of a stickier situation than usual, one which will stretch his loyalties and powers to the ends of his limits -- and which will change him forever. (Roc, Apr., 432 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: April 2008