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Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #16
Published by Ace, Penguin Audio on July 14, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 53 minutes
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When the supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago - and all he holds dear?
I have listened to most of the Dresden Files series on audio from the library and then went straight to Audible to buy them. I have Peace Talks (and Battle Ground) both pre-ordered but am delighted to have had the chance to read them a bit early for review. I would read this series in order and not miss a single book. They continue to improve as you read the series.
Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre and this series is definitely in my top 5 series ever. Harry has all the things I love in UF. He has collected a group of allies of all types. He shows compassion for others and some intelligent strategy. He puts others before himself, often risking his life, pushing himself to his limits. And I love the humor.
I LOVE this world and its characters. I was particularly happy to see Harry interact with his daughter Maggie, his brother Thomas, his grandfather, and his long-time partner, Karen Murphy. I was especially glad to see him work well with Karen because they have had a rough road.
The plot is not what I expected from the title. Yes, the supernatural world sets up peace talks, and of course, they will be in Chicago. There are some efforts to take Harry down and remove him from the White Council while he is working in security at the talks. Mab sets him to work doing favors for Lara Wraith, which is dangerous and uncomfortable. His brother, Thomas, ends up in trouble.
As usual, Harry is juggling multiple issues, loyalties and trying to save everyone from any hurt or pain. This isn’t possible most of the time and it certainly goes sideways here in spectacular fashion. I loved the clever strategy, the edge of danger, and the battles here. It’s another amazing tale from a master storyteller.
I suspected since the next title is Battle Ground that perhaps the talks didn’t go well. That’s an understatement and you will be thrilled Battle Ground is only a couple months away with the ending here. I know I am ready and incredibly excited.
I love the audiobook narration by James Marsters. He brings these characters to life and I can’t imagine anyone else. Even if I read, which I have only done with a few novellas, I hear him. I love his performance and own everything including the novella collections on audio. I now listen comfortably at 1.5x speed.
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