Review – Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Posted May 23, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review – Battle Ground by Jim ButcherBattle Ground by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #17
Published by Penguin Audio on September 29, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 15 hours 43 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

My feelings about this book are rather mixed. If you have been following my reviews for any amount of time, you probably already know that I am a huge fan of The Dresden Files. Over the course of 17 books, I have fallen in love with Harry Dresden and all of the other characters that make up this series. There was a lot that I liked about this book but there were things that I didn’t care for.

The title of this book is Battle Ground which is probably the perfect title since almost the entire book is a battle. I am all for action but as much as it pains me to say it, this book may have had too much of it. It became almost repetitive at a point and ceased to be as exciting as it might have been if the battle scenes were broken up by some more character-focused scenes. I hate to say that there were times that I was a bit bored by the story.

The biggest issue that I had with this book was how a character’s death was handled. I have been with these characters for a very long time and losing one of them at this point is hard. I did not feel that this character’s death was necessary and the way it was handled didn’t do the character justice. I know that the author probably has a master plan for the series that made this death an essential part of the puzzle but as a reader, I am more than a little upset by the whole thing.

James Marsters continues to do an excellent job with the series. I love the voices that he uses for Harry and the rest of the characters. He added just the right amount of excitement and emotion into his voice to really help to bring the story to life. I am certain that his narration added to my enjoyment of this book.

I would recommend this book to others. I am curious to see where the series will go from here. This book was filled to the brim with excitement and heartache. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

18 responses to “Review – Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

  1. I also want to get into this series sometime soon. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of these books on my thrifting trips so I’m definitely due to pick it up soon.

  2. I love Harry Dresden and have enjoyed reading this series, but I’m way behind in it. I think I’m on #11 or #12. So I have some serious catching up to do.

    • I was behind and decided that this would be the year that I would get caught up. It will be strange not having my monthly Dresden Files read.

  3. I need to bite the bullet and read this but I know it’s going to hurt my heart so I keep putting it off…lol.

  4. I do hate when a book in a favorite series isn’t a winner. It still sounds like a fantastic series and one of these days I will give it a try!

    • It is a great series! I do wish that I had liked this one a bit more but that doesn’t change how I feel about the series.