Title: Small Favor
Author: Jim Butcher
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Harry Dresden’s life finally seems to be calming down—until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry—one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills—and loyalties—to their very limits.
Though I don’t read much fantasy/sci-fi, I absolutely adore Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series. In each novel, I am amazed at the character development, the sheer imagination required, and the mythology explored. Butcher seems to have a unfathomable depths of creativity; these books really are unique and are completely addicting. When I picked up Small Favor, the tenth book in The Dresden Files series, I wasn’t just hopeful – I 100% knew it would be amazing. And of course, I was right.
I think the best thing about the main character of Small Favor is his humanity. Though Harry Dresden is a wizard, he is completely human. Often in this book, he expresses his fatigue, the fact that he is tired of always fighting for the right thing and being outnumbered. He doesn’t want to lose any more friends. Yet, in the end, he always does the right thing in principle, even if his morality and methods can sometimes be questionable. He really makes the series worth reading.
I also enjoyed revisiting with other characters from the previous books – Kincaid, Ivy, Michael, Karrin, and many more. Butcher has a real talent for developing sympathetic and complex characters that take on personalities of their own. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that these are merely characters in a book, rather than real people walking around.
If I haven’t made myself clear, I absolutely love The Dresden Files series, and Small Favor is no exception. It’s well-written, enjoyable, and has surprising depth for a fantasy novel. If you are interested in The Dresden Files series but haven’t read any of the books, I highly recommend starting at the beginning, with Storm Front – part of the beauty of this series is witnessing the way the overarching story develops, in all its intricacy. While you would probably be able to follow the storyline of Small Favor, you’d really be missing out on what makes The Dresden Files worth reading.