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Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) (edition 2008)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10)
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc Hardcover (2008), Hardcover, 432 pages
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Tags:fantasy, series

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Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden owes Queen Mab a couple of favors, and she surprises him when she wants to cash one in by having him rescue from his mysterious, and, as it turns out, extremely dangerous kidnappers. This installment is full-on action, which makes for a fun read, and it's so full of baddies your head will be spinning. The downside of it is that there isn't as much room for character development or the funny commentary that usually fills the Dresdens. It's still a great installment in the series and it'll be very interesting to see what happens with all the characters in the future. ( )
  -Eva- | Jun 15, 2014 |
[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]

Yet another great installment of The Dresden Files! I thought this book was excellent.

To begin with, Butcher brings back a host of the most interesting characters from past books. One of the things I really like about Butcher is that he always includes the right characters at the right times — he keeps the most frequently recurring characters in a constant state of development but doesn’t let the less frequently occurring characters stagnate. They keep developing off stage, and when they return, they return with new dimensions added to their personalities: new goals, new motivations, new powers.

The plot of this book, too, was very well thought out and well executed. Butcher managed to integrate several plot points from different past books into a cohesive continuation for this installment. Everything from the Faerie Courts to the Denarians to Thomas — Butcher doesn’t settle for just focusing on one supernatural element at a time. He’s been gradually building a complex supernatural world since book one of the series, and now, the different powers that be are starting to interact with one another at several levels, which makes for a far more interesting and engaging overarching plot line.

Like usual, this book leaves several threads hanging and includes a generous helping of foreshadowing about the scale of events to come in the following installments — but at the same time, the majority of the book’s events are cleanly wrapped up and the aftermath is discussed in-depth before the story’s close. Butcher maintains the careful balance between cliffhanger territory and an overly firm conclusion, giving you enough tantalizing info to want to dive into the next book without leaving too much of the book’s plot open-ended.

In conclusion, Small Favor is yet another win for Butcher. ( )
  TherinKnite | May 29, 2014 |
Great factors to this book:
Denarians, Billy Goats Gruff, Mouse, Bob the Skull, Grimalkin, and Mab the Queen of Air and Darkness.
Some not so great factors to this book:
Harry has become excessively dark in this book.
By this point in the series, things are really starting to become very convoluted. It's hard to work out some of the characters, and where their associations lie.

While this book starts off on a lighter note it then turns extremly dark very quickly.

Cheers Pretties! ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit:

??Youƒ??re hitting the big time, Harry!ƒ? ~Bob the skull

Small Favor is book ten in the DRESDEN FILES. If you havenƒ??t read this far, go back! You Shall Not Pass!

Harry thought his life was getting a little calmer when Karrin Murphy calls him in to look at a really weird crime scene. Soon they discover that mob boss Gentleman Johnny Marcone has been kidnapped, and this is a problem because it violates the treaty Marcone signed which made him a neutral independent state in the supernatural world. Queen Mab shows up and demands that Harry get Johnny back, which Harry must do because, several books ago, he made a promise to do her a favor.

This favor seems small, but it turns out to be the scariest and most deadly operation Harryƒ??s ever been involved with (yet). Harryƒ??s not sure which faction of supernaturals is responsible for Marconeƒ??s kidnapping ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/small-favor/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Το νιοστό βιβλίο της σειράς για εξυπνάκια Αμερικάν​ο μάγο. Αδικαιολόγητα διασκεδαστικό.​ ( )
  Antonis.Papadakis | Jan 30, 2014 |
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Harry Dresden's life finally seems to be calming down. The White Council's war with the vampiric Red Court has reached a period of tentative peace, no one has tried to kill him for almost an entire year, and the worst problem he's had lately is working out how to remove the stains on his carpeting. For once, the future looks bright.

But the past casts on hell of a long shadow.

An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness - and she's calling in her marker. Dresden still owes the Winter Queen two favors, and it's time to pay one of them off. Just one small favor he can't refuse - one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally and strain his skills and loyalties to their very limits.

It figures. Everything was going too well to last...
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Harry Dresden?s life finally seems to be calming down?until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry?one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills?and loyalties?to their very limits.

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Chicago wizard Harry Dresden's calm life is interrupted when Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, decides to call in a favor that Harry owes her, sending him on a quest that leaves him trapped between a deadly foe and an untrustworthy ally.

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