The Turning point of the Series? – Summer Knight (Dresden Files #4) Book Review !

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Book Succint :

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry’s been down and out. He can’t pay his rent. He’s alienating his friends. He can’t recall his last shower. Then when things are at their worst, the Winter Queen of Faerie saunters in with an offer Harry can’t refuse. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Knight, the Summer Queen’s right-hand man, and clear the Winter Queen’s name. It seems simple, but Faerie politics seldom work out that way. Then Harry discovers the fate of the entire world rests on this case. So no pressure . .

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What I Liked :

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I have never been much of a fan of Fae stories . My first encounter to Fae was in the book Name of the wind and even then I was not a big fan of that whole affair . But then again one should never underestimate the power of imagination that the fantasy genre authors in particular can hold .Readers have had the opportunity of meeting Harry’s fae god mother and his fairy informers in previous books but this was the full-scaled revelation of the fae world* and the internal politics and strength of the queens and it was equal parts amazing and unique

*{Now this may be considered spoiler by some so skip this paragraph if you don’t want to know what the Fae-world looks like in Dresden – Dresden’s Fairy land consists of two faction The Summer and the Winter , and respective to their names the two queens ruling these two factions are jolly and warm or Cold and brutal to others . The Two queens contain immense power within them which if came to a test could result in destruction of the whole world .The two queens also have predecessor and successors with them , The predecessor being dubbed a title of Mother Winter / Summer , and the successors having titles of Lady in their names . The two queen rule the nevernever and the creatures that reside in it .

The stakes are very high and the protagonist is in more dire situation than he ever was which yet again makes his escapes from these aforementioned Situations more innovative and exciting . There were quite a few adrenaline rushing moments in the book added into the mix were the usual witty – sarcastic remarks from the protagonist who this time instead of simply being a rebel and arrogant in the face of doom is simply just pissed.

Book Quote:

“I died. I died and someone made a clerical error and I am in Heaven.”

The book keeps throwing enough pop-culture and 80’s and 90’s references to give you nostalgia mixed with your usual dose of amusement . There’s never a dull moment and the book remains fast-paced , humourous , innovative and action packed . Meanwhile there’s finally some obvious growth in the character of Harry Dresden as he finally starts losing some of his pig-headed misogynist outtake on chivalry and how to treat woman .

Book Quote:

“You’ll get through it.”

“What if I don’t?”

I squeezed her fingers. “Then I will personally make fun of you every day for the rest of your life,” I said. “I will call you a sissy girl in front of everyone you know, tie frilly aprons on your car, and lurk in the parking lot at CPD and whistle and tell you to shake it, baby. Every. Single. Day.”

My previous issues of lack of seconday characters involvement is also put to bed as we see some serious badass moments from Harry’s best friend Detective Murphy . I had been really hunger to see her in the thick of action and we had a whole chapter of it in this book . The Wolf-pack from the 2nd book also appeared and proved to be quite useful instead of simply being portrayed as a hindrance and leaving Harry to become a Lone-wolf* warrior

*pun-intended.

What I didn’t like:

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if you are more of a literary lover* you will have to throw your copy of Dresden files in the junk cause Dresden files is definitely not that kind of book as it relies on action and plot more .

*the ones who believe the words make more of a book rather than the plot , or those that want flowery beautiful book 

Book Quote:

“Bite me, faerie fruitcake.”

Dresden despite showing signs of growth is still misogynist which the author laughs off as chivalrous sometimes . The book is obviously loads better than the previous book but still the Revelation of one character towards the end was pretty predictable , although other revelations such as who the real culprit were unpredictable .

Conclusion:

Book Quotes:

“All of those faeries and duels and mad queens and so on, and no one quoted old Billy Shakespeare. Not even once.”

This book definitely comes out as a much better product than it’s predecessor.The involvement of side characters, action , humour and some innovatively troublesome scnearios the protagonist finds himself in really makes the book a fine addition . The Cliched story has come to grow on me and the book amuses and keeps you on the edge of your seat pumping your veins with a healthy dose of excitement . If you can tolerate the first 3 books and reach this point and if you can be patient with the development of Harry Dresden as a Character towards woman from here on, than it’s a book I definitely recommend for a fun time.

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