Book Review – Battle Ground

#17 in The Dresden Files series

The battle to end all battles has descended on Chicago but the threat of a Titan is not the only thing Harry must face. The White Council has decided that they’ve had enough of Harry and what he’s been up to, so while Harry works to save the city, the cloaked wizards meet in secret to decide on his fate. Old friends, old enemies, and families pull together with the people of Chicago to push back against the monsters and protect everyone they love from doom. Harry may save the city, but will he survive the night?

Several books worth of storyline culminate in to this grand, epic battle that spans thousands of words, and hundreds of pages. Everyone who has ever been important in the story makes an appearance and each help turn the tide of war. We see our long time friends do truly heroic deeds. We suffer great heartbreak at the tragically unavoidable costs of such horrible battle. We see a bit of humanity slip back into the minds of darker acquaintances.

Atmospherically, Butcher seems to have mastered making the reader feel as though they are right there in the middle of Chicago. He highlights the unique personal culture of the Chicago residents, the humans who were blind to magic, as they fought along side our wizard was a goosebump-inducing feeling that seemed magical itself. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad he really did make the city feel like its own character.

If you’ve read part of The Dresden Files, I recommend you keep going. Battle Ground was worth the long journey. Harry can’t ever seem to catch a break, but he does find some small pieces of happiness worth living for. Fair warning: this book is tragic and broke my heart, but I have high hopes that the pain our hero goes through won’t last forever. This book was also exciting, fast-paced, full of adventure, and answered a ton of mysterious questions we had along the series. I highly recommend it.

Overall, I give it a 5 out of 5.

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