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Jim Butcher is a bestselling author and martial arts enthusiast. His resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least 200 years ago, and he turned to writing because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his family in Independence, Missouri.
Chicago's resident wizard Harry Dresden is back from the dead and finds his life changed as the once down-and-out wizard detective becomes the powerful Winter Knight. But this new life comes at a price: he's forced to swear allegiance to Mab, the twisted Queen of Air and Darkness. As Harry adjusts to his new situation, he is faced with numerous attempts on his life, a dark assassination plot and the imminent destruction of the Earth itself. Narrator James Marsters is impeccable in his reading of the14th installment in Butcher's Dresden Files series. Marsters spot-on portrayal of Harry is classic noir: world weary, cynical, and able to snap off a snarky quip with an ease that would make Phillip Marlowe proud. Completely at home in this bizarre world of fairies and vampires, talking skulls and mystical islands, Marsters delivers the wide array of characters and complicated plotting with great skill. The combination of Marsters at the microphone and Butcher at the keyboard continues to make the Dresden Files an all-around enjoyable listening experience. A Roc hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.