Monday 3 May 2021

Book Review: Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher book cover

AD* | 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?

The sixteenth book in the bestselling Dresden Files series, Peace Talks once again brings the supernatural side of Chicago into the limelight. 

Still reeling from the events of the previous books, Harry Dresden is thrust straight back into the action when a series of supernatural peace talks is announced. Harry faces the hard task of balancing personal priorities with professional duties - and as the stakes climb higher, it becomes increasingly difficult to fulfil both. 

As is the case with the rest of the series, one of the main selling points of Peace Talks is its humour. From witty one-liners to Harry's jokes, there's a lighthearted quip on almost every page. This is one of the qualities that sets The Dresden Files apart from other fantasy novels, and Jim Butcher has undoubtedly mastered it. 

Peace Talks is the sixteenth book in the series so by now, there's a certain assumption that readers will be up to date with all things Dresden. The book dives straight into the action and barely any introduction is given to the characters or the events. It may take a little while to get back up to speed with Harry's Chicago and its inhabitants - there are a lot of characters in this book! - but once you do, it's easy to get sucked into the storyline.

That being said, this book starts off very slowly. Although the pace definitely picks up towards the end, much of Peace Talks reads like filler rather than actual plot, with a great setup for the next book. It's a shame because there's so much potential with this world, but Peace Talks lacks that special spark that many of the earlier Dresden books enjoyed. 

However, Peace Talks has left me wanting more, once again. If you need me, I'll be here waiting (not so) patiently to read book seventeen!

Rating: 3 stars

Peace Talks is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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