Sunday, April 27, 2008

You Need a "Small Favor"

Okay, you’re probably wondering about that topic title. But it is true. If you haven't read Jim Butcher's newest book "Small Favor", you really need to. This is a great book. One of my favorites in the Harry Dresden wizard series. To those not familiar with Jim Butcher, allow me to tell you that he has two series of books. One is a fantasy series, the other a wizard series. The Dresden wizard series is my favorite right now. Basically Harry Dresden is a wizard that dares to advertize in the Chicago Yellow Pages with his true profession. He's the only wizard in the listings. Harry himself does everything from working with police to solve magical crimes to finding stolen objects, etc from clients. And in "small Favor" he's once again in trouble.
You see Harry has had a lot of run-ins with preternaturals. Most he would have liked to avoid. Especially since some of those entanglements caused him to owe certain people favors. Now one of these people, a Queen of the Winter Fae, wants to call in the debt. And there's no way Harry can refuse. So the clock starts ticking and Harry has to rescue someone he loathes while avoiding hit men sent from a former friend and at the same time make sure he doesn't get himself or his friends killed.
I thought the book moved along wonderfully without a hitch and as always all of Jim Butcher's characters are captivating and endearing. The plot was a little complex but once you figure things out, the rest that you wondered about through the story sorts itself out. And I really liked the surprise scene in the hospital chapel. I won't say here what happened incase you still want to read the book but those reading this who have read the book will smile knowingly. Another point of interest is the island in the book. I've lived in Chicago and never heard of any islands in Lake Michigan until this book. It was surprising. Everything was on the mark and true even though Jim Butcher used a certain island in his book. It makes this reader curious and I think one of these days I will have to go out and find that island.


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