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Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #17
Published by Penguin Audio, Ace on September 29, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 17 hours, 53 minutes
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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.
I own the entire Dresden Files series on audio, including the novella collections, and pre-ordered Battle Ground. It’s amazing on audio.
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.
We knew this would have battles from both the title and the way Peace Talks ends. There is a lot of action. We get to see many characters from many different groups that we know from past books, but so many of them come out to “play” here.
Usually Harry has so many different things he is juggling but he has to remain focused this time. Here he is leading the defense and attacks. He is certainly a primary force in trying to keep humans safe and he insists the other supernaturals do that too. I love that he has some long-time allies like Butters and a new friend in River Shoulders. I love his major general, Toot, who does incredible work.
Of course, he has old enemies too but most everyone is on the same side against the Fomor and the Titan. I don’t really understand how even though he is supposed to do the final part against the Titan to send her to DemonReach, his grandfather keeps throwing him at various monsters as if he is the only one who can take them. Harry gets hurt often and a lot, which isn’t anything new. It makes me angry he is always the fodder, and also the one who in the end saves the world, and he never gets any credit with anyone but some friends and family.
Apparently there are things the wizards and the fae know about Harry which he doesn’t know about himself. No one is telling him either. It sounds like they are all using him.
There are many loved characters who get hurt or die. The supernaturals have a bit better chance of recovering from serious wounds. It’s brutal. Keen strategy kept it less horrible than it could have been. Between the deaths and the way Harry was treated after coming though for them, I was crushed.
There is much more for us to learn in this great series. Thomas and Justine are still in trouble. Marcone and Harry will have a showdown at some point. Mab has plans for him. The wizards are all watching him closely with plans to take him down at the slightest misstep.
At the end, there is a nice little Christmas vignette which happens six months after the battle. It shows the family and friends Harry has.
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 – 1.75x speed.
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