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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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Man this series doesn't stop getting good!Jim Butcher knows how to keep it engaging by mixing in new and old characters to keep readers on their toes. There is so much character development, plot, imagery, and all around badassery. I have nothing but positive things to say about the tenth installment in the Dresden Files. Mab calls in a favor that Dresden is bound to assist with and he's none to happy about it. He has to find and bail out his nemesis, the crime lord Marcone. If that weren't bad enough there are some majorly bad demons in town. Last time he barely managed against a handful, now there are more than a dozen in town. Good thing Harry Dresden is used to going up against horrible odds. I can't wait for the next one! ( )
  ecataldi | May 11, 2017 |
Another Dresden file down, and I'm finally closer to being up-to-date with the books. Much better than White Night.

The Denarians are back and this time they mean war apocalypse! Harry brings in everybody this time (except the werewolves): Michael, Sanya, Murphy, Kincaid, the Archive, Gard, Hendricks, Thomas, Marcone, the newly renamed Demeter, Molly, and the nasty of all nasties, the Denarians. And then there are the three billy goats gruff. Yeah, those gruffs.

I read and listened to this book which is why it seemed to take me forever to get through it. It explained more about the Denarians, about the Knights of the Cross, and Marcone's personal one-woman security force Gard (hint: she's referred to in a Wagner song...heh, you'll love it when you get to that part of the book!)

It's all out war this time. Marcone's gone missing. Oh and Luccio's back. She's still struggling with raging teenage hormone's, and Harry finally gets his hormones to wake up some with her.

Another good read for the Dresden Files, and it was good to see some of the former characters back in action...However, this book does not end blissfully. There are some tragedies, and it'll be interesting to see what happens. Harry now has two Swords. One was offered, and the person declined it saying he/she already had a job. I still think he/she will end up with a sword at some point, but what is Harry going to do with two now?

Now the hubby and I are on to Turn Coat, but this time the two of us are listening to it together instead. It's a shame we don't have a road trip coming up... ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
Jim Butcher just keeps doing a wonderful job. I couldn't wait to finish this book. ( )
  nx74defiant | Nov 27, 2016 |
Small Favor
4 Stars

An entertaining read as always with appearances by many of Harry’s friends and foes.

In this installment, Harry is recruited by Mab to do her a “small favor” by rescuing notorious mobster, John Marcone, after he is kidnapped. As usual, the best laid plans never work out for Harry, and he soon finds himself embroiled in a fight for his life against the emissaries of the Summer Fae not to mention the Order of the Blackened Denarias, who may or may not be in cahoots with the mysterious Black Council.

The action is fast paced with numerous twists and turns as Harry works together with the Knights of the Cross, Murphy, Thomas and Kincaid to thwart the Denarians latest scheme to destroy the world. There are also some interesting developments in Harry’s love life and the worthy wielder of Fidelacchius is finally revealed.

Can’t wait to see what happens next... ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Note: I feel that Death Masks, Book 5, is where reading this series out of order starts to do you an injustice. This book does work as a stand alone to some extent, but you will get major spoilers for the previous books in the series and it also pulls in characters we have met before. So I recommend reading the previous books before you jump into this one.

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Billygoat? If you’re not, then you should be and this story serves as a good example as to why. The story starts off with a friendly snowball fight at the Carpenter household, which then turns into a murderous brawl between Harry and some gruffs (which look a lot like upright billygoats). As Harry ponders over the implications of this latest tussle, Sargent Karrin Murphy of the Chicago PD tasks him with checking out a site with his wizardly senses. There he finds a large pentacle…. and Mab, a Queen of the Winter Court. She calls in a small favor from Harry: John Marcone, crime lord of Chicago, has gone missing and Mab wants him found.

When Mab is in the human world, her voice alone can kill mortals. So she talks through a grimalkin, which is like an extra evil large cat. The things Mab can do to Harry with just her voice make me shudder! And Toottoot tried to warn Harry, but Harry is too curious for his own good.

This is probably my 2nd or 3rd reading of this book and for some reason I always forget everything about it except for the gruffs because they are awesome and scary. And perhaps because Harry is always mentioning their..um… tackle. So once again I was pleasantly surprised by what took place in this installment of the series.

The Denarians are back in play and they are after something pretty darn important, if only Harry could figure out what it is in time. He teams up with Anastasia Luccio (a Warden for the White Council of wizards), Ivy the Archive (who has everything that’s ever been written down in human history memorized), and her bodyguard Kincaide (who has a secret supernatural side). Eventually, Harry has to make some hard choices about whether or not to do a trade with the Denarians. He is not a happy camper about it and he decides to play dirty (hooray!).

Luccio actually makes a play for Harry and he is totally oblivious. Poor dude. Bob the Skull has to point it out to him later. Of course Bob does it with his usual entertaining sarcasm. Harry’s love life, tho small and intermittent, is a mess.

Sanya and Michael (both Knight Templars with saintly swords) lend a hand in the final showdown. Murphy, Thomas Wraith of the vampire White Court, Molly (Harry’s apprentice), and Toottoot with the honor guard faeries all volunteer to help Harry out in some way. This lengthy scene is pretty intense. Harry finally puts a name to what Ms. Guard is, besides being a very deadly assistant to John Marcone. Harry also discovers a new power which, upon explanation from Bob, scares a little poo out of him.

One of the things I really like about this series, is that as the stakes get higher, the consequences go up as well. People get injured. In this book, one of Harry’s friends takes a hard hit and the book leaves us wondering just how bad it is. It’s a good thing the next book in the series is already out. Also, more and more Harry is learning that he can’t be the sole person to fight evil; he needs help from friends and allies and he won’t be able to protect them all.

Narration: James Marsters continues on as the voice of Harry Dresden. I really liked his creepy voice for the grimalkin and his uber-creepy voice for Mab. As always, his voice for Toottoot is both amusing and sincere. Marsters makes a pretty good gruff too, sounding like an angry billygoat. ( )
  DabOfDarkness | Jun 28, 2016 |
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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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THE New York Times Bestseller

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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"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 fairly bright." "But the past casts one 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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