Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Orbit (6 Oct 2005)
The fourth in the series, the main secondary character of the previous volume, Michael Carpenter, has disappeared again. But trouble hasn't. The fallout of the previous book was a war between the Vampires and the Wizards, and Dresden is held responsible for it by the Wizard White Council. However, a bigger war, one between the Summer and Winter courts of Faerie is about to erupt, and if that happens, it could lead to a new ice age. And one side has engaged Dresden to uncover the causes.
So, no shortage of jeopardy there.
What I do like about Butcher's world is that he's got a well researched, consistent and (for fantasy) plausible setup. It's a little annoying on occasion because he sometimes can't help needling the rationalists of the world (after all, within his scenario, they are wrong), but apart from that, his world is internally consistent. What, or rather who, I do find annoying though is Morgan, the Council's agent in Dresden's probation, a man who basically loathes Dresden and wants him dead.
Butcher writes smooth and far-from-copycat fantasy. This is another in a good series.