The story itself doesn’t shy away from the dangers of both life for young women (which may be very troubling for some readers-many serious issues are discussed and Alex has had a hard life) and unfettered magic use in this world. Alex’s backstory is engaging and while she has a clever retort for most situations, the pain and trouble that fuels her make the young woman very sympathetic. Please feel free to take a look at my other reviews.
Obviously, there are parallels between the work of learning sleight-of-hand and sweating out a book. It’s a credit to her skill that she was able to use one to accurately portray the other.
It’s a roller-coaster ride, no doubt. One filled with swords and skeletons. Which begs the question: can a necromancer be ride-or-die? Or are they ride-AND-die?
It’s for these reasons, as well as the increased confidence Butcher shows in the writing that Summer Knight is one of my favorite in the series, (the rest of which are constantly shifting in rank as they are reread). As a person who likes to start a series in the beginning, it’s startling to consider that this book is probably the best place to enter the Dresden Files series of books if you want a delicious serving of adventure without the early-days problems that dog […]
This is the first book by Kanon I’ve read, and it has ensured that this will not be the last. He paints a vivid picture of the shabby glamour and desolation of Berlin, and of the struggles of the people who are just trying to survive after having a brutal separation imposed on them by outside forces after the horrors of WW2.