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Peace Talks: The Dresden Files, Book Sixteen Hardcover – 14 July 2020
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- Publisher : Orbit; 1st edition (14 July 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0356500918
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356500911
- Dimensions : 14 x 3.4 x 22 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 65,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was finding Harry’s sexual musings tacky, I was finding some descriptions too lengthy, and I was finding Harry’s thoughts ponderous, until about 75% into the book. Then, Butcher clicked into another gear, and reminded me why he’s the master of Urban fantasy. 60% into the book I was thinking “I don’t think I’m enjoying this”, by the end I was loving it and ready to go straight on to the next.
Thank you Mr Butcher. You took me out of my everyday drama and entertained me, the precise reason I picked up the book in the first place.
I look forward to each new release and they never let me down. Peace Talks is another fantastic instalment in the Dresden Files saga and it's just fantastic.
Butcher weaves stories and leaves breadcrumbs that you understand the significance of in a later book and you just sit there jaw dropping as you wonder why you didn't see signs of things earlier.
Buy this book, but all the books. Best Series ever
Harry finds himself a two man nation representing both the Winter Court as the Winter Knight, and the White Council as the Warden of Chicago, at the Peace Talks called by the Fomor. Within minutes of the Accords taking effect for the Peace Talks, though, Harry's brother, Thomas, is arrested for an assassination attempt on Etri, the leader of the Svartalves. Harry has to both try to keep the Peace Talks from falling apart, and rescue his brother... except, the Fomor have other ideas.
Peace Talks is part one in a two part story that will conclude with Battle Ground on its release on September 29. So, please be prepared for Peace Talks to end at a mid-point in the overall story, where one plot line appears to be resolved, (sort of, at that point, at least), and another is just beginning.
Personally, I greatly enjoyed Peace Talks, and feel that where it ends is a logical place for this novel. The ending of Peace Talks is like the eye of the storm. A brief interlude before the insanity of Battle Ground will begin.
Once you read both Peace Talks and Battle Ground, make sure you head over to the Jim Butcher official website for the short story Christmas Eve, which is set about 5 or 6 months after the end of Battle Ground. :-)
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2 hours later, I was done and left feeling very meh! Where is the rest of the book? It felt like half of it was missing. I then noticed that book #17 Battleground is scheduled for release in September...hopefully this will finish off the story started in Peace Talks.
As a loyal and faithful fan, I cannot help but feel a little aggrieved that I paid full price for what amounted to half a book, only to be expected to shell out the same again for the 2nd half a couple of months later (which I will because I do love the books). However, this smacks of a money making scam and has left an unpleasant after taste for me - a very poor way to rewards fans for their patience...badly done Mr Butcher and Ace Books...badly done :(
This is an incredibly lazy effort by Jim with multiple scenes that could have been cut and made room for for the actual Peace Talks. Instead we just get fan fiction like scenes that do little to move the plot forward and generally rehash other books. We all love Michael Carpenter, but seeing him rehash the same advice given in the last 10 books just fills pages and little else. Laura Wraith having to work with Dresden and having sexual tension and a misunderstanding sound familiar? Plenty of that here. Wardens not trusting Dresden? Got you covered. Murphy having to remind Dresden not to treat her a normal frail mortal? In spades.
Sadly the book only gets interesting in the last few chapters and we never get any insight into what a gathering of powerful supernatural nations/entities actually does at a Peace Talk as Dresden is basically running around on a side quest most of the book, so don't expect any actual politics or new information on any of the major players.
Listen I love the series but this obviously was a way to get readers to pay twice for the same book and at the same time allow Jim to write a bunch of fan favorite fluff with little need to edit the book into something stronger.
Nitpicks aside, the larger problem was that this book feels like a slow first third of a longer book. There was a lot of poking about and a lot of setup, but nothing was resolved. I know Battle grounds is coming out in a few months, and I hope that has all the action and resolution that this book missed, but if that's the case then why not cut a bunch of the filler from this and just release one book? I suppose the answer is that this way Butcher gets twice the income.
My least favourite Dresdan book so far, and I have just been re-reading the entire series