Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review of Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Author:  Jim Butcher.
Title:  Small Favor.
Publisher:  ROC Fantasy.
Copyright:  2008, 2009.
Pages:  545.
Price:  $9.99 (US).


The narrator, Harry Dresden, is a no-nonsense wizard who lives in Chicago, IL in this urban fantasy novel.  His brother is a "good" vampire and Harry's being courted the military arm of the Catholic Church to combat fallen angels.  While Mab, the Queen of the Sidhe, wants Dresden to be her new mortal champion. 

I enjoyed the book.  However, parts of it were somewhat predictable.  Dresden would almost get killed in battle and someone would rescue him.  This novel is full of battle magic.  The explanations behind how "magic" works is believable.  But Small Favor moves like a roller coaster.  Think Merlin meets Philip Marlowe.  There's mafia and fae dealings involved in this novel.  Followed by court politics.  It's part of a larger series called The Dresden Files.  Though magic is at the heart of the story...


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