Title: Battle Ground
Author: Jim Butcher
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: Ace Books
This is the latest book in the Dresden Files series. If you haven’t read and of the Dresden Files books, don’t start with this one. Start with Storm Front.
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS FOR HARRY DRESDEN, CHICAGO’S ONLY PROFESSIONAL WIZARD, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.
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 have waited YEARS for this book and the previous one: Peace Talks. The latest two books in the Dresden Files series were released back to back. Let me preface this by saying I really did enjoy reading this book. It’s kind of like the mythological version of the Battle of Helms Deep. The whole book is one massive battle.
That being said, I miss the monster of the book parts of the series and the case that Dresden has to solve. Dresden is a good detective and he still uses some of those skills but not to the fullest extent that he can or at least the last couple of books haven’t shown those skills as much.
This book also leaves some questions for the next book. Where was the Leanansidhe and where was Nicodemus Archleone in the battle. Lea should have been see fighting on the side of Winter and Queen Mab. Nicodemus should have been taking advantage of the situation similar to the Black Court but he wasn’t there that’s not to say this book was void of the Knights of the Blackened Denarius. This book ends with questions that will hopefully be answered soon.
I suggest this book for fans of magic and mythology, fans of Jim Butcher, and fans of the Dresden File series. 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.