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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 forever.. 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

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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 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 Court. Hey something to look forward to for this year

Jim Butcher ☆ 5 review

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 Titan. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest reviewPeace Talks set the field and Battle Ground delivered the action There has never been an installment of Dresden that was this packed full of action Much of the book was the HUGE battle that we knew was coming after the events of Peace Talks Did I mention that it s HUGE Seriously biggest battle yet Almost every major player we ve seen hits the battleground If I m being completely honest I don t mind the battle scenes but I read mostly for the character and plot development so the sheer volume of pages that were action seuences could be a little bit of a slog for readers like me but I still really enjoyed them This is one of the battles we ve been building towards for a long timeThe best parts about this book for me There are some plot threads that have been set up for a LONG LONG time that rear their ugly heads culminate come to fruition payoff finally happen LOTS OF THEM And there are so many things coming New threads that are going to lead us down some dark paths I am so there for these I can t wait for But I will say as spoiler free as possible prepare yourself for some heartache War is dangerous So many plot threads culminate in this one and leave dangling for future storiesSo much destruction and heartacheSo much further to go


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 ro

  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 even normal folk were being called to battle It is ALL of Chicago on the lineWhat I didn't

  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 though

  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 Battle Ground delivered the action There has never been an installment of Dresden that was this packed full of action Much of the book was the HUGE battle that we knew was coming after the ev

  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 expects to churn out book 2 of the Cinder Spires series before starting on this book so we’ve got a

  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 have weakne

  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

  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 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

  10. says:

    Good addition to the series The blurb isn