By Jim Butcher
- Release Date: 2020-09-29
- Genre: Fantasy
Battle Ground Jim Butcher Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS FOR HARRY DRESDEN, CHICAGO’S ONLY PROFESSIONAL WIZARD, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.
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.
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This whole series is just amazing
Just a roller coaster. Be careful starting this one. You may not sleep. Please get the next one out asap
Worth the wait!
I’ve enjoyed this series so much over the years. Each installment shows Harry growing into a bigger and badder threat to the things that go bump in the night. My grandmother used to read these with me and I’m sure she would have gotten a kick out of these back to back books. Thank you Mr. Butcher, I hope there is more to come.
It was worth reading all the previous books just to get here! Thanks for the great ride so far and really looking forward to where the author takes us next!
Not my favorite
I like the Harry Dresden series. I have read all of the books and most of the stories. I am truly grateful to Jim Butcher for his imaginative presentation of magic as a physics problem. Indeed what I fell in love with about Harry Dresden Wizard PI of Chicago is that he couldn’t just “magic” his way out of problems. His Magic had a cost that had to be paid. His own, innate raw power was barely tamed by his youth but was sufficient to deal with the ectoplasmic elements that surrounded him, even while he learned from ancient masters of the craft and brushed elbows with the truly powerful beings of folklore, never-never and fae.
I’m sorry Mr Butcher, in my opinion, in some ways you have become lazy. I enjoyed the book. It was a nice story and even tugged at my heart strings. But, there were too many convenient plot holes, hastily covered over with ‘magic’ that far exceeds the plausibility of a 30-40 year old novice wizard. These books would have me believe that immortal beings are systematically beaten by this figurative babe of magic who can apparently wield the very powers of creation. Diametrically opposed beings such as angels and daemons are not only able to tolerate each other’s presence but are able to ally against their very nature. It makes for fun fantasy but not very plausible realistic story telling.
Mr Butcher, I am not an author. I do not question the challenges of your art. I am merely a fan who enjoys the escapism of a good story. I would say you delivered on many fronts but please resist whatever has been pushing you to find bigger and badder enemies. You are exploring credible space by examination of what makes an outmatched man punch above his weight class and prevail against the odds. That fight can occur in many shapes but it violates your own reality when it escalates too fast or to too high a degree. You tell us that these beings and their political bodies move at tectonic speed, but show us that they are just as capricious as human beings.
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I liked Karrin Murphy and thought she was a good grounding rod for Harry. There was no good reason I could see to kill her off unless your intent as an author is to explore the painful space of grief of a lover. If that IS your intent, and I honestly don’t know how you avoid that at this point, I urge you to go VERY slowly.
So good, so sad. I don’t have any idea what will happen next but I can’t wait. Perfect novel.
Butcher being Butcher
Jim Butcher just keeps improving with each book, which is a frightening concept - he started off great with his first title and just doesn’t show signs of quitting.
If you’ve been following the Dresden Files series, this book is a no-brainer. If you’re coming at this fresh, you REALLY should start from the beginning I’d the series with “Storm Front” and work your way through. You’ll thank yourself if you do :)
What an epic, tragic, and amazing chapter in the story of Harry Dresden. I had no idea, when I started this journey over a decade ago, that this is where it would lead, and I still have no idea where it’s heading, but that’s the kind of beautiful journey that Mr. Butcher has taken us on.
Stars and stones!
One of his best!
Nailed the landing
Epic, and heartfelt. Serious, and joyful. Painful, and loving. Couldn’t put it down, and well worth the wait. Thank you, Mr Butcher.
I just wasn’t ready for everything that happened. By far his best book of the series.
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