Title: Summer Knight, book 4 of the Dresden Files
Author: Jim Butcher
Page Count: 371
Genre Urban fantasy/mystery
Warning: Review contains possible spoilers for books 1-3 of the Dresden Files
Ever since his girlfriend left, Harry Dresden has been feeling out of sorts. He doesn’t shower. His apartment is a mess and devoid of food. He’s been wearing the same clothes for days. His friends are worried about him, but Harry has much worse problems than odor. The White Council is in town, and they are furious with him for starting a war with the vampires. The only way Harry can survive is if he discovers who killed the Summer Knight and why, but doing so means getting mixed up with faeries, something that has never really worked out for him in the past. Will Harry be able to solve the mystery before it’s too late, or is he in too far over his head?
I have read several Dresden books before, and it’s hard to say if any of them is any better or worse than the other because they’re all so enthralling. The books are told in first person from Dresden’s point of view, and the sarcastic tone used keeps you laughing even through some of the more suspenseful scenes. The book was a fairly quick read, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t require my full attention while reading it. There are so many different characters and threads to keep track of that you can’t afford to merely pay half attention. I did see a few things coming before Dresden did – mostly in the later scenes – but there was still so much that was surprising, and I was on the seat of my chair so much while reading it that it didn’t bother me that I saw some of it coming.
I definitely recommend this series. While its probably possible to read them out of order and still mostly know what’s going on, since he summarizes a lot of information in the beginning, I still think you’ll miss out on the bigger picture plot if you skip around.