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T of vampires The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius The OutsidersBut this time it’s different A being powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming And she’s bringing an army The Last Tit Edit 8132016 Added some new short stories and a link to the official future works pageThis Mirror Mirror review info dump will conclude with all the public info I can remember about other future Dresden Files works as well except Peace Talks which I reviewed here Jim is still working on Peace Talks and then expects to churn out book 2 of the Cinder Spires series before starting on this book so we ve got a while to wait on it but he seems really excited about it considering how much he s talked about it at A sessions and suchFirst there is an official page for Jim s future works that his website admin Priscellie keeps pretty up to date She and I try to keep tabs on this stuff and help each other out on stuff that might get missedhttpwwwjim butchercomfaupcomiMirror Mirror will be Jim Butcher s take on the Alternate Universe trope and its name is stolen directly from the applicable Star Trek episode Jim has said that There will be eye patches and goatees and everything as the above blerb mentions which was a key feature of the Star Trek episode I think he s also discussed how the Buffy episode The Wish is also an influence on his plans for this bookOur friendly Harry Dresden will end up in an alternate universe because that alternate universe s Harry will summon our Harry to take the fall for him and get killed Of course since this is our Harry alterna Harry s plan will go off swimmingly If you remember the fever dream in chapter 14 of Skin Game with the multiplying blue beetles that was supposed to be a foreshadowing of Harry running into alternate versions of himself in parallel realities Jim has said that these alternate realities split off whenever a mortal makes a significant decision that could go multiple ways The decision that caused this alternate reality is supposed to be the big decision in Grave Peril although Jim wasn t specific than that but all the differences in this reality are supposed to flow from that one decision going differently And it results in alterna Harry being the type of guy who would summon a doppelganger to die in his place and allow him to escape the conseuences of his actionsThe other big detail that Jim has mentioned multiple times is that he is really looking forward to writing alterna Marcone who is supposed to be a really interesting character On to information about other future worksBook 18 is supposed to be about professional wrestling Jim has mentioned in another A that didn t mention book 18 that much of the old godly like beings I think he specifically mentioned the Greek Parthenon are professional wrestlers because they get worship that wayI don t know anything about 19 but there is a trend that even Jim acknowledged when it comes to Dresden Files books that are divisible by 5 so if you think about it you can probably guess some of the details about book 20 Plus the first book of the capstone Big Apocalyptic Trilogy that is supposed to start after book 20 is called Hell s Bells The others will be called Stars and Stones and Empty Night Upcoming Short Works Here s what I know is public Cold Case Molly PoV novella due out 11116 per and a few other places in Shadowed Souls an anthology Jim edited This is supposed to be from Molly s PoV and will involve her first job as the new Winter Lady She teams up with Ramirez to take on a Lovecraft style Cult of the Sleeper Jury Duty Will be published in Shawn Speakman s anthology Unbound Jim went on Jury Duty several years ago and decided he had to subject Harry to the torment as well thus this story Edit Published 10152015Day One Butters PoV story due out in Shawn Speakman s Unfettered II anthology due out in 2017 This one will be Butters first mission as a Knight of the Cross Jim says that Butters gets his first Call for a KotC mission in the form of a World of Warcraft style uest exclamation point above the head of the person he has to help He also says that the newfangled Sword of Faith behaves differently vs not very bad people than it does against monsters so much so that Butters is relieved when he has something horrific to face because he actually has a lightsaber to deal with it which otherwise is about as effective as a Christmas wrapping paper tubeA Fistful of Warlocks For David Boop s fantastical Old West anthology Straight Outta Tombstone This one is from Luccio s PoV and fits with the Wild West theme of the anthology I ve read it and all the other short stories mentioned above and it s FUN and has some interesting cameo s other than just Luccio goosebumps 818 edit I just re found a WoJ from July 2016 where Jim says this one is based In Dodge City in 1883 Graphic novels Down Town was released October 15th 2015 Wild Card Wraps in September with Issue 6 then will be compiled in a trade hardcover a few months later Jim said at a signing 1022015 I ve got to send off outlines to a couple of graphic novels to Dynamite so we re gonna have fun One of them s basically going to be Harry Dresden vs the Joker or less although in this case he s called Puck Cuz Puck is an awful person he really is in the Dresden Files He doesn t run around being cool he s terrible And fun Unnamed Comic we re gonna catch up with all the folks that went off to form their Feng Shui out in California after Blood Rites the crew from Arturo s film There s a problem and so Lara s hiring Harry to fix the problem for her so she doesn t lose her grip on the White Court and that s the other graphic novelNon DresdenJim has written a short story for Larry Correia s upcoming Monster Hunter International anthology Release date and additional details TBA O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up to date She and I try to keep tabs on this stuff and help each other out on stuff that might get missedhttpwwwjim butchercomfaupcomiMirror Mirror will be Jim Butcher s take on the Alternate Universe trope and its name is stolen directly from the applicable Star Trek episode Jim has said that There will be eye patches and goatees and everything as the above blerb mentions which was a key feature of the Star Trek episode I think he s also discussed how the Buffy episode The Wish is also an influence on his plans for this bookOur friendly Harry Dresden will end One for My Baby up in an alternate Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, universe because that alternate We universe s Harry will summon our Harry to take the fall for him and get killed Of course since this is our Harry alterna Harry s plan will go off swimmingly If you remember the fever dream in chapter 14 of Skin Game with the multiplying blue beetles that was supposed to be a foreshadowing of Harry running into alternate versions of himself in parallel realities Jim has said that these alternate realities split off whenever a mortal makes a significant decision that could go multiple ways The decision that caused this alternate reality is supposed to be the big decision in Grave Peril although Jim wasn t specific than that but all the differences in this reality are supposed to flow from that one decision going differently And it results in alterna Harry being the type of guy who would summon a doppelganger to die in his place and allow him to escape the conseuences of his actionsThe other big detail that Jim has mentioned multiple times is that he is really looking forward to writing alterna Marcone who is supposed to be a really interesting character On to information about other future worksBook 18 is supposed to be about professional wrestling Jim has mentioned in another A that didn t mention book 18 that much of the old godly like beings I think he specifically mentioned the Greek Parthenon are professional wrestlers because they get worship that wayI don t know anything about 19 but there is a trend that even Jim acknowledged when it comes to Dresden Files books that are divisible by 5 so if you think about it you can probably guess some of the details about book 20 Plus the first book of the capstone Big Apocalyptic Trilogy that is supposed to start after book 20 is called Hell s Bells The others will be called Stars and Stones and Empty Night Upcoming Short Works Here s what I know is public Cold Case Molly PoV novella due out 11116 per and a few other places in Shadowed Souls an anthology Jim edited This is supposed to be from Molly s PoV and will involve her first job as the new Winter Lady She teams The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, up with Ramirez to take on a Lovecraft style Cult of the Sleeper Jury Duty Will be published in Shawn Speakman s anthology Unbound Jim went on Jury Duty several years ago and decided he had to subject Harry to the torment as well thus this story Edit Published 10152015Day One Butters PoV story due out in Shawn Speakman s Unfettered II anthology due out in 2017 This one will be Butters first mission as a Knight of the Cross Jim says that Butters gets his first Call for a KotC mission in the form of a World of Warcraft style The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, uest exclamation point above the head of the person he has to help He also says that the newfangled Sword of Faith behaves differently vs not very bad people than it does against monsters so much so that Butters is relieved when he has something horrific to face because he actually has a lightsaber to deal with it which otherwise is about as effective as a Christmas wrapping paper tubeA Fistful of Warlocks For David Boop s fantastical Old West anthology Straight Outta Tombstone This one is from Luccio s PoV and fits with the Wild West theme of the anthology I ve read it and all the other short stories mentioned above and it s FUN and has some interesting cameo s other than just Luccio goosebumps 818 edit I just re found a WoJ from July 2016 where Jim says this one is based In Dodge City in 1883 Graphic novels Down Town was released October 15th 2015 Wild Card Wraps in September with Issue 6 then will be compiled in a trade hardcover a few months later Jim said at a signing 1022015 I ve got to send off outlines to a couple of graphic novels to Dynamite so we re gonna have fun One of them s basically going to be Harry Dresden vs the Joker or less although in this case he s called Puck Cuz Puck is an awful person he really is in the Dresden Files He doesn t run around being cool he s terrible And fun Unnamed Comic we re gonna catch The Asset (Wounded Warrior up with all the folks that went off to form their Feng Shui out in California after Blood Rites the crew from Arturo s film There s a problem and so Lara s hiring Harry to fix the problem for her so she doesn t lose her grip on the White Court and that s the other graphic novelNon DresdenJim has written a short story for Larry Correia s Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, upcoming Monster Hunter International anthology Release date and additional details TBA

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Battle Ground

THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS FOR HARRY DRESDEN CHICAGO’S ONLY PROFESSIONAL WIZARD in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden FilesHarry has faced terrible odds before He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class The Red Cour My heart is still pounding from all the action One Huge Epic FightAlso my heart is a little broken now I was expecting what happened but not the way it happened Dresden you have done it again I can t help but root for you You make yourself responsible for everyone and you want to keep everyone safe This time Chicago and its people human and supernatural lives are all at stake The Fodor and Ethniu the Titan are coming to destroy it The White Council the White Court the Summer Court the Winter court Marcone with his people the Knights the werewolves and every other group I forget are all taking a truce and battling one enemy together If not there won t be a next day for many of them Apocalypse is in the mirrorThere were so many things l liked about Battle Ground I want to tell you but then I m spoiling it for you Few comments thoughI know Dresden doesn t care for Marcone but I kinda like him I like Mab too despite her being utterly terrifying but I can t help but think about what she went through to become what she is nowI love Waldo and Michael They have Harry s back Always Sanja made me laugh especially at the endDespite Dresden loving Murphy I still have hope for Dresden and Molly you re my girl although I like Lara too I do hope this time Jim Butcher doesn t take six years for the next book I m dying to see what happens next Jim leaves so many clues as to what is to come and it seems Dresden will need 365 days to figure it out The adorable Christmas story at the end of the book was perfect Anything with Mouse Michael Molly Mab and a little Christmas spirit together has to be goodCliffhanger No55 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewMrsLeif s Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter Instagram

SUMMARY Battle Ground

An has declared war on the city of Chicago and has come to subjugate humanity obliterating any who stand in her wayHarry’s mission is simple but impossible Save the city by killing a Titan And the attempt will change Harry’s life Chicago and the mortal world foreve When the news came that Peace Talks was being split into two books because the story was just that epic it sounded like a great idea But now I ve made it through both books and Editing should have been the answer Not two books Both books contain filler than is reasonable and filler than is present in any other book of this series But that s not why I m giving Battle Ground two starsWhere Peace Talks plods with too many scenes of dialogue that lack urgency Battle Ground runs full out with battle scene after battle scene that after a while also lack urgency due to sheer monotony Yeah the titles clue us in to the opposite tones of the two books but still each book stalls in its chosen pace and with tighter revision neither would have and could have been one pace balanced extra long installment But that s not why I m giving Battle Ground two starsThis book gets two stars for reasons that make me want to give up on the series permanently Storyworld rule breaking deus ex machinations all over the place insulting and arbitrary dispatch of a primary character and lack of resolution on the one plot piece that should have been resolved by the end of this book a piece that now makes no sense to have happened at all other than to give the author one fewer person to keep track of during apocalyptic chaos Specifics behind the tag view spoiler Storyworld rule breaking and deus ex machinations Looking back on this story the puppet strings are dismayingly obvious 1 Murphy has to be out in the fight in order to be killed off but she s physically disabled and unable to fight due to conseuences from previous books so hey what if Mab makes her temporarily fine Just for this battle of course And there we go 2 Harry needs to be the Biggest Baddest he s ever been in order to defeat the Biggest Baddest villain he s ever faced Except he s not actually any bigger or badder than he was last time so hey what if the very epic ness of this fight imbues the air with magic that he can feed on to become his Biggest Baddest self Just while this fight is on of course And there we go 3 I know there were other similar moments of author contrivance that frustrated me but those two stood out the mostInsulting and arbitrary dispatch of a primary character I do my best not to uestion the motives or mindset of an author creating a story because I am an author myself and because I m a reader who greatly respects the art of story creation But I cannot comment on the death of Karrin Murphy without uestioning Butcher himself because I cannot come up with a single story acceptable reason for this choice Murphy has been a bedrock character since Book 1 though developing her as a person took a minute longer than it should have She has backstory She has a role only she can fill She has earned her place alongside monster fighters despite possessing zero magical ability and she has earned terrible scars in the process and her death feels to this reader like the discarding of all of that in favor of a new love interest or two eye roll so much eye roll as if Harry and Murphy getting together romantically left Butcher with nothing else to do with her as if she was never a person to him at all but a sexual placeholder And yet If I m wrong if the story does need this for some reason I can t fathom the least Murphy is owed is a death of honor in proportion to her life And instead she is shot accidentally by a hysterical bumbling cop whose gun just goes off eye roll so much eye roll Murphy the stalwart officer of the law who has loved and challenged the system in which she s called to work is killed by a cop stereotype I don t know how Butcher could have done this any insultingly than he did I don t know how no one who read this book between first draft and print run stopped to say No no not this wayFinally The last scene of the book in which Mab arranges Harry s future marriage to Lara for the purpose of political alliance and he doesn t get to say no Would Mab behave like this That can be argued I guess Did it have to happen half a book after Murphy s death Certainly not And then to add insult to insult we have to be reminded of Molly s one time or is that current pining for Harry In the same chapter What on earth is going on here other than male wish fulfillment wow our protagonist gets to look forward to sex with a succubus and potentially also with a faerie princess who used to be his teenaged apprentice but has grown up so no one should at all be disturbed by this nope no worries at all The scene is an appalling crash and burn close to the book it degrades every character involved including Harry and if Butcher goes through with it and why would he set it up if he s not planning to go through with it he will degrade the series itself There has always been a flavor of wish fulfillment to these books but it s been restrained enough that I could shrug past it No longer not with Murphy lying dead as collateral damage of said wish fulfillmentThe plot piece that was supposed to motivate everything but no one including Harry cares about any So after two full books Thomas s life remains at stake I could attempt to accept this if Harry were worried about his utter cluelessness how to save his brother if Harry missed his brother s physical power and fighting savvy during the Biggest Baddest fight of all time But in this book in Harry s mind Thomas essentially ceases to exist So why was he tortured and left for dead and frozen in crystal in the first place Why did any of that happen Why wasn t he one of the fighters here instead battling for the fate of Chicago hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Battle Ground

  1. says:

    My heart is still pounding from all the action One Huge Epic FightAlso my heart is a little broken now I was expecting what happened but not the way it happened Dresden you have done it again I can’t help but root for you You mak

  2. says:

    Hey something to look forward to for this year

  3. says:

    Words nearly fail me Even as I read this book I was stunned into silence You know one of those deep inner monologue silences that radiate deeply inward so much that I could hear a mental pin drop from forty mental yardsI knew from the prior book that we were preparing for WAR The outsiders were coming All supernaturals gods Fae and

  4. says:

    Two Dresden Files books in 2020 After a six year wait YES PLEASE Sounds like the alternate universe a la Star Trek plan was scrapped for now tho

  5. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest reviewPeace Talks set the field and Bat

  6. says:

    Edit 8132016 Added some new short stories and a link to the official future works pageThis Mirror Mirror review info dump will conclude with all the public info I can remember about other future Dresden Files works as well except Peace Talks which I reviewed here Jim is still working on Peace Talks and then expe

  7. says:

    Entire review hidden because of spoilersI had to think real hard before I gave this a rating On the one hand it was one giant action scene and I'm a sucker for fantasy action scenes On the other hand as I get older good action scenes can often highlight the other weaknesses of a story And boy does this story h

  8. says:

    Spoiler Free Video Review Here Talk Video Here relatively new to the series I started last December I didn't seem to have the disdain for Peace Talks some of the longtime fans did I didn't have the long wait and I went into it expecting it to be a part 1 of 2 and that maybe had my expectations a little checked I said I would grade it as a whole after I saw if Mr Butcher stuck the landing or notSo did he Like a fireball c

  9. says:

    When the news came that Peace Talks was being split into two books because the story was just that epic it sounded like a g

  10. says:

    Good addition to the series The blurb isn’t joking there are changes here since well Changes I suspect the author is hea

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