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"Threads from other stories woven into another great tale"

In this, the fourth book in the Dresden series, the faeries are preparing for war, the Red Court vampires want Harry Dresden's head on a platter and the wizards' White Council is still pissed at him for all his supposed past transgressions. Despite all the trouble brewing around him, Harry has buried himself in his basement lab for some heavy research: he has to discover the cure for vampirism in order to rescue his lady-love Susan from turning completely vamp. While doing the research, Harry has let everything else go - - his apartment rent is due, his cupboards are bare, he looks like a homeless shelter reject, and his status as a wizard could be yanked at will by the White Council.

As usual in Butcher's books, the action begins on page one and moves rapidly from there. Billy the Werewolf manages to lure Harry out of his self-imposed imprisonment to investigate a weird storm system moving through Chicago. It's raining toads, real ones, which can only mean bad things are coming to town. Of course, while investigating the mysterious shower a ghoul hit man tries to take him out. This is all Harry needs with the White Council due to come to town. After all, they're meeting to deal with the vampire war against the wizards which Harry had inadvertently started (Book Three: Grave Peril). He just knows they'll blame him for this also.

If that weren't enough trouble, Billy, thinking he's doing Harry a favor, schedules a client meeting for the wizard- private detective. Harry agrees to meet the mysterious Ms. Sommerset, after all a wizard does need pizza money. Unfortunately, the client is more trouble. Ms. Sommerset is really Mab, the Winter Faerie Queen, and she wants Harry to find out who killed the Summer Knight and framed the Winter Court for it.

Of course, nothing is ever easy in Harry's world. The midsummer solstice is just around the corner and if Harry doesn't find out "who done it" before then, the mortal world will devolve into eternal winter from the resulting imbalance in the eternal power struggle between the two courts. Harry always a sucker for saving the world and damsels in distress takes the case although it could mean certain death for him if he fails.

Summer Knight is an excellent, and in my opinion powerful, chapter in the Dresden case files. Butcher has taken the plot threads from his previous three entries (Storm Front, Fool Moon and Grave Peril) and has woven them into another strong story. Some of the threads he ties off, others still lay loose ready to be woven into the next case file, and new ones are brought in to foreshadow the future, but all are handled with continued care to maintain the internal logic of Harry's preternatural world. I, for one, am eager for the next trip into Harry's world.

Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted October 3, 2002

SUMMARY

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...

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Summer Knight
(The Dresden Files: Book 4)
by Jim Butcher

Roc
September 1, 2002
Available: September 1, 2002
ISBN #0451458923
EAN #9780451458926
384 pages
Paperback
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Jim Butcher

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Naked City
Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
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First Lord's Fury
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Turn Coat
Mean Streets
Princeps' Fury
Backup
Welcome to the Jungle
Blood Lite
Small Favor
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Captain's Fury
Many Bloody Returns
White Night
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
Furies of Calderon
Blood Rites
Death Masks
Grave Peril
Fool Moon
Storm Front


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