Battle Ground: The Dresden Files, Book 17 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, in the next entry in the number one New York Times and number one Sunday Times best-selling Dresden Files.
Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.
But this time it's different. A being more 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 Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.
Harry'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 forever.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 September 2020|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 6,684 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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But this is a 4 star review for a reason. You won't be disappointed in this book by any means. It isn't perfect, but after what I felt was an absolute stumble of a book 16, book 17, is a return to form for being one of the most emotionally gripping, humorous and cool entries into the series.
On the plus side, it was well written, true tot he characters that had been developed, drew on the history of the past books, moved the overall plot forward and had some significant and sometimes permanent changes for major characters that have been with us for some time.
For me, I think you should treat #16 Peace Talks and #17 Battle Ground as one book in two parts and it works better. Possibly this is what the author intended given the two books were released so close together, he must have had #17 largely completed and structured to work with #16 before the earlier book was published.
Can’t wait to see how some of the surprising plot developments play out in #18. Gulp!
It's not done yet, but this was magnificent.
I did go back and read Peace Talks again before I got to this one. There's a lot going on, picking up on details is important :-)
I don't even mean as separate books, though they are certainly one book cut in half and padded horribly.
This whole story arc advanced the over all plot not one iota. For an entry this late in the series I'm inclined to say this is unforgivable.
Many nonsensical character choices, and too many cheap outs were taken when confronting situations arose, especially regarding character relationships and development.
The next instalment will now require a huge amount of exposition and course correcting. I'm no longer convinced this series can end gracefully, sorry Jim.
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The way it has been butchered and rewritten and presented to us feels like a cash grab of the worst sort; two inferior books sold generating double the price for a diluted end result.
I could go into gritty details about why the content of this books is also not up to par, but I suspect that the author is aware because Harry Dresden tells the antagonist why her whole attack was poorly executed and as the reader rather than being 'Oh that's clever' you are more like 'Then what was the point of this mess anyway?'
There is just too much going on, certain storylines stopped and others started for a whole new start in the Marvel - sorry - Dresden universe.
I was hooked to the early books by the character of Dresden and co and the cleverness that Butcher showed in making magic believable in the everyday world. It was personal to Dresden somehow. Now we are entering epic urban fantasy mode, and to me, it is just not as much fun.
It may be that in the long wait until Peace Talks appeared that other authors filled the gap that just wasn't there before making it much harder to excel in this area and I will still carry on following Dresden's escapades but I don't see how Butcher can reign in before it gets completely out of control.
So it ends Battleground brings to a close the story that was started in Peace Talks not really a duology, a story told across two books, but rather one book split in two. As such my overall score is for the two books together they don’t really work on
there own. If Peace talks was all set up then battle ground delivers , action packed with a lot of pay offs and enough foreshadowing to keep Ardent series fans happy.
Dresden is put through the wringer, the Fomor have invaded lead by the last Titan bearing a magical weapon that lays waste to all before her. The Accorded Nations have been caught with there pants down, metaphorically speaking, with only a fraction of there forces on hand to repeal the invasion and those that are present are distinctly underpowered compared to forces from the dawn of time.
Characteristion is good, the battles are well written characters that have only been mentioned off screen make a appearance lots of stories come to a close or at least a crossroads and Jim deepens the mythology of the Dresden files while setting up the future all things he excels at. Butters, Mab, the Alphas, The Council and many others others new and old make an appearance and for those who found Peace Talks wanting will find this, I think, a much more satisfying experience.
What stops it from being five stars for me is Jim over using certain tropes too much and certain bad habits that made certain character arcs a bit too predictable well loved characters used solely to act as motivation for Dresden is too been there and done that at this stage of the files and can be seen coming a mile off and while it was thankfully turned down in battlegrounds the sexism that was rampant in peace talks still rears its head every now and then.
However all that aside this was a strong entry in the Dresden files and great way to close out this chapter of the files roll on book 18.
No. 1 wizard go to War for friends, family and the citizens of Chicago.
I reread the whole series of the Dresden files before this book and you can see how the different characters from each book change for good or bad as Harry battles old enemy's or creates alliance's with others. I'm not going to say anymore about this book other than read it for yourself and I bet it will make you laugh and cry as we see Harry's life and friends change forever. It's amazing how Jim Butcher keeps us all on our toes with the different characters in the Dresden files as we enter that world for however long it takes to read these brilliant magnificent books. We all need a way out of our own lives for a while especially with this horrible pandemic all around our world goes on. Thanks for giving is a magnificent series of book to read Jim and I hope you your family and friends are all safe. Thanks again !!
Peace Talks itself didn't actually feel to have much of a story, really just being the build up to Battle Ground - then instead of having 3-4 chapters of high octane action at the end of a book we had a whole book of 'level 11'.
If I compare this to a movie, it's like a 1 hour 20 minutes build up to a big action scene, then 20 minutes of all out action. Except in this case the all out action runs for chapter after chapter after chapter. I lost cound of the amount of time an impossible foe just popped up, was dismissed, replaced by an impossible foe and so on.
All told, not a bad story, just overlong and cynically marketed. Hopefully the next books will come within a decade and we can get a more even cadence to the writing.....