Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: Dresden Files #4
Published by Ace Books on September 3, 2002
Genres: Fae, Magic Realism, Paranormal, Wizards
Length: 11h 13m
Pages: 446
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment
Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.
The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.
And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.
It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...


I am slowly making my way through my reread of the Dresden Files and have made it to book four, Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. This is going to be a short review because it is a re-read of a book over twenty years old in a well-established series. By book 4, I think you should have a pretty good feel if you want to keep going with the series or not.

The first time I read this was back in 2012 and I originally gave it three stars. Twelve years later, I re-read this via audiobook and it has moved down to two stars. Now, James Marsters continues doing a lovely job narrating. I cannot fault him at all for the dip in rating. If anything, Marsters is what kept me invested and continuing. So, what happened for it to lose a star? Well, perspective and society for one thing. The way Dresden talks about women feels icky. I don’t know if it just aged badly, or if I’ve changed as a person, but I hate these, “I’m a gentleman so I treat women like women” attitude, and describing their body despite there being no reason for it other than he finds them hot. The other thing that bored me was the winter and summer fae courts. One is evil one isn’t and boyo which is which hmmmm???

I think if you are starting to pick this series up in 2024 and have been on the fence, Summer Knight by Jim Butcher will likely put you off. If you’re willing to keep trudging through, I think it will pay off. Summer Knight definitely sets the stage for later books, so if you want to see this through to the end, you’ll definitely need to pick this one up.


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