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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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Rating:****1/2
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Awesome book! Butcher does it again. I know that he probably enjoys his other series more, but The Dresden Files keeps getting better.

It looks like Harry may get a relationship, though it will probably be a long distance one. We're left wondering how Michael comes out of his recovery. Who is Harry going to give the two swords to? ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Harry, loves his friends. He always choses them over him. In this book he make that choice and it might be wrong. He may have brought about their death. Harry is brought before some evil Damarians(sp ?), trying to take the power and do terrible things with it. Mouse and Mister are a treat as usual. He has his normal circle of friends with some interesting visitors.
Favorite line-“It’s cute,” I whispered to Murphy. “He has a teddy Glock.” ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Although Harry Dresden and his associates continue to blink, arch eyebrows, quirk various facial features, snarl, growl, pad, and stalk at a rate unequaled in any other reading matter in my experience, not to mention a lot of lip chewing, biting, and pursing, and moreover to do an uncanny amount of speaking quietly, and I think I'm really going to come to loathe Molly Carpenter, I am still getting a kick out of the series.

This was book ten, and I have just ordered in numbers eleven and twelve in order to make sure I have a couple of fun, fast, absorbing reads on hand for those late-night emergencies.

Just don't ask me what it was about. I'm afraid I've forgotten already. ( )
  Meredy | Dec 14, 2015 |
Another absolutely fantastic read! Possible review later. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |

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Plot

Some time after the events of White Night, Harry is somewhat enjoying a snow-filled early winter in Chicago when he’s suddenly attacked by Summer Court gruffs at the Carpenter house. With some help from Charity, he manages to take the gruffs down, but he quickly realizes that Summer must be out for his head and, according to the standard lore, the gruffs he took down will be followed by bigger, badder gruffs.

At the same time, Murphy brings him in on a strange case — half of an abandoned building collapsed in what seems to be a magic attack of some sort, and when Harry checks it out, he realizes that frighteningly powerful magic is at work. But before he can investigate more, he gets cornered by Winter Queen Mab, who invokes the second favor Harry owes her. Mab shows Harry that the ruined building was John Marcone’s safe house, and someone used a powerful spell to break all its defenses and kidnap the Baron. Angry that the Accords have been broken, Mab once again selects Harry as her emissary to deal with the problem.

After she leaves, Harry is attacked by those bigger gruffs he was worried about and barely escapes with his life. Harry brings Thomas into the fold to help him out, and not long after, he realizes that the little leaf pin he got for his services to the Summer court is actually a tracker the gruffs are using to find him, so he devises a clever spell using Little Chicago to throw the gruffs off. On top of that, Harry spells Thomas to look like him and sends his brother off to keep the gruffs busy while he tries to save Marcone, much to his chagrin.

Harry tracks down Gard and Hendricks, who survived the attack on the building — barely — but before he can get them to talk, they’re attacked…by the Denarians. Turns out Nicodemus and his posse are back in town, but this time, almost every single Denarian is in Chicago, all working with Nicodemus and his…wife…,Tessa, to some evil end Harry quickly needs to uncover.

At Gard’s request, Harry tries to arrange for an Accords-based negotiation between the Denarians and Marcone’s people using his favorite negotiator, the Archive. While he’s waiting for the Archive to arrive, Harry takes Michael along to the train station to retrieve hair and blood samples from Marcone, which Gard has kept secure in a locker at the station. But when they arrive, the station is attacked by hobs, servants of Winter, and in the middle of the battle, Harry is attacked by an even bigger gruff, whom he outsmarts using Gard’s magic-warded locker.

Once the dust settles, Harry finds that the Archive, Kincaid, and Luccio are actually at the station, and that the hobs were apparently after them. Puzzled, Harry and co head back to the safety of his house.

The meeting with the Denarians comes to pass, and, of course, it’s a trap. But it’s a much, much worse trap than Harry anticipated. Harry realizes the Nicodemus isn’t after Marcone at all — he’s just the icing on the cake. He’s actually after the Archive, whose power and knowledge could effectively allow the Denarians to usher in the apocalypse.

Despite a valiant effort, Harry is unable to stop the Denarians from kidnapping little Ivy, and as soon as he’s back on his feet, he and his friends work to track down her location. With Luccio’s help, they figure out that the Denarians are probably holding Ivy on a mysterious island in middle of the Lake Michigan.

Harry arranges a “deal” with Nicodemus to trade Ivy for Fidelacchius and 11 captured Denarian coins, and Michael, Harry, and Sanya go together to the island, where they are predictably led into an expected trap.

Except Harry isn’t nearly as naive as he was several books ago, so he pulls a fast one on Nicodemus and manages to gain a temporary upper hand in the resulting fight. In the battle, Michael is seriously wounded by gunfire, but Harry manages to get his friends to safety — unfortunately, he gets stuck on the island by himself and has to retreat to a boat on the shore.

After a brief run in with Eldest Gruff, whom Harry manages to out-maneuver using a clever trick, Harry makes it to the boat…only to find Nicodemus there waiting for him. Nicodemus tries to recover the coins from Harry, only to discover they’re already gone — another Denarian, Thorned Namshiel, pick-pocketed Harry in the middle of the battle, allowing Tessa to recover her lost goons. Annoyed, Nicodemus tries to kidnap Harry using Lasciel’s shadow, and Harry fools him into letting his guard down.

Harry is seconds away from killing Nicodemus using the noose when Deirdre shows up to save her father, and Harry is unfortunately forced to flee before the deed is done. Thanks to a last-minute save by Murphy and Thomas, Harry escapes from the island.

In the aftermath, the coins are once again free in the world, Ivy is safe but traumatized, Kincaid is injured, Michael is in the ICU and may never fully function again, and Harry is, like usual, angry at himself for letting any of his friends get hurt.

But while he’s in the hospital chapel yelling at God, the angel Uriel, disguised as a janitor, decides to pay him a visit and reassure him that everything will work out. He also lets Harry in on the fact that he may have given Harry an extra something special — access to Soulfire, the Heavenly opposite of Hellfire.

And so Harry ends the book with a new power and the nagging sensation that something really, really big is going on the universe…

The End.

Cue Sequel.

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My Take

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.

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Writing

Same old, same old. First person, past tense. Sarcastic narrator. Right up my alley.

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Is It Worth Reading?

Definitely. You don’t want to miss this one! It’s without a doubt one of my favorites in the series so far!

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My Rating

4.5/5 ( )
  ClaraCoulson | Nov 16, 2015 |
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Winter came early that year; it should have been a tip-off.
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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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