Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.
But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.
Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.
Includes the short story “Christmas Eve”.
I read the first Dresden Files book a couple of years back and really enjoyed it, so when I was asked if I’d like to read this, I couldn’t resist!
Let me just say this starts off INTENSE, super intense! And I am all for it, this is a culmination the previous book(s) that carries on for the entirety of this novel, I mean, it’s THAT intense.
Harry has to save Chicago, but he’s up against an army, and a freakin’ titan, a TITAN.
He’s running with old pals, new pals, old enemies and making alliances wherever possible. This isn’t just Chicago in the balance, if this battle is lost, that gives the enemy the foothold to take over completely.
The battle is really well drawn out, there are skirmishes with little subplots in between, there’s loss, there’s hope, and it’s all done to a particularly fantastic degree.
I was so impressed with how Butcher has progressed, his writing has come SO FAR from the first Dresden Files, and so has Harry, there’s that super misogynistic air gone (Harry has grown up lol) but we’re left still with the Harry we know and love, lady problems and magical problems included.
The deaths in this book hit hard, for the reader and Harry, and the battle itself had me constantly on the edge of my seat. And still Butcher’s not done wowing us and he’s certainly not ready to let Harry rest his laurels.
This also sets up the next book and the next adventure for Harry, and it does so perfectly. The battle may be over, but there’s never rest for Harry Dresden. He’s got more problems headed his way and we’ll have to keep reading to see what happens next, I can’t wait for #18!
4.5 Cups of coffee from me! Thanks so much to Orbit Books UK for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.