Title: Peace Talks
Author: Jim Butcher
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: Ace Books
I will forewarn readers, Peace Talks is book 16 in the Dresden Files series. Book 15 Skin Game was published in 2014. I have been waiting 6 years for this book. Seriously, I have felt like Sirius Black from Harry Potter at times, “I’ve done my waiting! Six years!”
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 mixed feeling on this book. I love this series, its my go to if I want an easy read on a lazy weekend. That being said this is not the book I would pick from the series to reread. After six years of waiting I expected more. It feels like the author is using it to set up more of the story for later books. In past books the reader gets to see Harry Dresden’s choices and the immediate consequences anyway. This book is different, we get his choices and an idea of the consequences but they have not actually played out yet.
This book leaves readers wanting more, which is probably the point, but there are so many unanswered questions it is frustrating. Some good notes is that there are moments where readers can really see character development in the minor characters of the series. People that have grown and become more than they once were. There will also be more books to this series and I will be ready to ready them.
I do suggest this book for Dresden Files fans but if you are new to the series start with the first book, Storm Front. Happy reading!
Read my other reviews of Jim Butcher books:
- Dresden Files – over view of the series as a whole
- Brief Cases – short stories from the Dresden Files
- Furies of Calderon – first book in Butcher’s six part Codex Alera series, see all six reviews here
- The Aeronaut’s Windlass – first book in Butcher’s The Cinder Spires series
- Werewolves of Fantasy Literature – a short post I did looking at how different authors explore werewolves in current fantasy, including Butcher