Book Review Wednesday: Small Favor (Dresden Files book 10) 5 stars

Posted: November 19, 2014 in Book Reviews
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This one is the tenth book in the series.

Links to my reviews of the previous Dresden Files books:

One: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/book-review-wednesday-dresden-files-storm-front-5-stars/

Two: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/book-review-wednesday-fool-moon-dresden-files-4-stars/

Three: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/book-review-wednesday-dresden-files-grave-peril-4-stars/?preview=true

Four: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/book-review-wednesday-dresden-files-summer-knight-5-stars/

Five: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/book-review-wednesday-death-masks-dresden-files-book-5-5-stars/

Six: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/book-review-wednesday-blood-rites-dresden-files-five-stars/

Seven: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/book-review-wednesday-dead-beat-dresden-files-5-stars/

Eight: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/book-review-wednesday-proven-guilty-dresden-files-book-8-5-stars/

Ninth: https://samaustinwriter.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/book-review-wednesday-white-knight-dresden-files-book-9-5-stars/

I’m going to assume by this point you know what this series is about. So here’s the blurb for this particular book:

The new novel in the New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits. It figures. Everything was going too well to last…

Like some of the previous books in the series, if you jump in on this one without reading the others you’re likely to get confused.

This is classic Dresden at his best. Lots of lovely snark, his giant dog, giant cat, white court vampire brother, and lots of evil and scary creatures. There are a few storylines weaved together to make a complex but enjoyable plot. Mab comes to collect on her debt in all her frightening glory. Only, what she asks for doesn’t seem too bad. Marcone (the gangster guy who’s Dresden’s sometimes ally, sometimes enemy) has been kidnapped. Mab wants Dresden to find him. Doesn’t seem too dangerous, right? After all, saving people in trouble is what Dresden does best.

Wrong. Things rapidly get more complicated. His allies in fairy land start trying to kill him, and he finds himself stuck right in the middle of a conflict between the Winter and Summer fae. Michael is having doubts about Dresden’s trustworthiness. All bad news, and of course no one seems nice enough to tell him why he’s suddenly on everyone’s hit list.

Cue lots and lots of action, while scrambling to find out what happened to Marcone, and what’s going on. The Archive gets a big role in this one (that little girl with hundreds of years of knowledge.) She is of course as adorable as ever, and even Kincaid her bodyguard gets a few sweet moments. There’s some struggles of loyalty and morality going on in this book, with Dresden’s choices sometimes putting him at odds with allies. It added an interesting theme to the book, and I think forced Dresden to do a bit of growing up.

For more reviews on this book check out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/927979.Small_Favor

 

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