Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Review: Small Favor
Small Favor by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
My Thoughts: The Dresden Files books that deal with the Sidhe always amuse me. I can’t say why I find them particularly amusing, other than Butcher does a fabulous job of following the traditional faery lore, but I tend to enjoy these the most.
I loved Sanya’s reaction to Murphy. “I like her... she is tiny, but fierce.” Tiny but fierce women seem to appeal to Russians, as least based upon my limited experience of my tiny but fierce Russian mother-in-law, who is also on her third husband, and whom I quite adore. Sanya’s descriptions of what it’s like to be a black man in Russia are right on; my husband says there are hardly any. (And no one call me on the PC bandwagon; you can’t call a black Russian an African-American. Maybe an African-Russian? *shrug* But not all black people are of African descent, you know—he might be Moorish for all I know—and I can’t make any sort of stab at Sanya’s genealogy, so I just have to go with that.)
I also enjoyed the gruffs. Those are some cool faeries, I tell ya, especially Elder Brother and Eldest Brother Gruff. We also learn more about the Denarians, Archangels, the Knights of the Cross... Butcher’s world is very complex, and it’s coming together nicely now. Folks who haven’t read the full series might miss some of these details, but I’m enjoying watching it all ratchet together like a jigsaw puzzle. Great stuff.
Disclosure: I purchased this book in hardcover for myself, and backup e-book copy. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Harry Dresden's life finally seems to be calming down-until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry—one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills—and loyalties—to their very limits.
View all my reviews