Alright folks, I’m powering through these books like crazy thanks to audible (this isn’t sponsored, however if anyone for audible is reading this I don’t yet have any sponsors). I finished Summer Knight a couple of days ago and what a fuckin trip it was.
Basically Dresden is approached by a beautiful woman as a client whom we later learn is Mab, the Winter Fae Court’s Queen, about the murder of who we later learn is the former Summer Knight. In the meantime the White Council is converging in Chicago to discuss the implications of the war they believe Dresden has started between them and the Red Court Vampires when he barbecued several of their members including a noblewoman, Bianca, whilst under the social contract of being a “welcomed guest” (supernatural beings, particularly the ones who live for very long times, are very sensitive to the customs of “host” and “guest” responsibilities(1)). Dresden didn’t want to take Mab’s case but the White Council inadvertently pressured him into it (accept or die) as it would forward their own interests in their own war. Dresden takes and solves the case which leads him getting deeply involved in a war between the Winter and Summer Fae Courts and ultimately ends up, mostly, getting over Susan in the interim (or at least beginning the road of healing).
So we finally meet Elaine which for me, like a being who sees time as a whole rather in a sequence due to my introductory experience with the Dresden Files, seemed like a long time coming because I kept hearing about Dresden’s first love but had no context to who she was. This seemed rather appropriate because, from what I’m told, exs tend to magically pop up when you’re going through a post-break-up apathy and you end up looking much worse off then they left you or something. I don’t know much about this since for some reason or another I never run into my exs.
However I do know plenty about how rough the apathy of a post-break-up can be, the last one sent me deep into a downward spiral where I hit rock bottom but unlike the NOFX song “It Ain’t Lonely at The Bottom” it did hit back hard enough to send me half across the world on a journey of self discovery and generally trying to avoid having to pay rent for a while so I could focus on my writing and rebuilding a life. I didn’t exactly fight an existential war involving elemental beings and forces threatening my life however the way Butcher portrays Dresden’s decent and first step towards recovery, I was able to relate in rather unexpectedly emotional ways.
This existential war between elemental forces, The Winter and Summer Courts, threatened the entire existence of life on Earth which Dresden playing a key part in helping to restore the balance lead to a line between Dresden and another character who says something like “wow I heard you helped save the world recently” and Dresden says something like “It wasn’t all that, it was more like stopped a 30-50 year decline of life via a disappearing winter.” Which made me think that if we live in the darkest timeline , maybe the Summer and Winter Fae Courts do exist and the summer court won because if we are in the darkest timeline either Harry doesn’t exist or is evil and would help facilitate an in balance.
This book was excellent but it stands out in my mind because of a unique feature added to the beginning and end of the audiobook version being this classic piano detective noir background music playing which set a mood for the book in a way that nothing else done in the audiobooks thus far have done. I’d like to see more intro background music but from starting Death Masks it doesn’t seem to be a continuing theme.
Stay tuned! I’ve already begun the next book “Death Masks” which is crazy. With Audible I am crushing some books because I can listen to books whilst at work but no one cares that I’m “reading” at work because I just have earbuds in which seriously makes my job much more tolerable.
- I believe this stems from the Greek concept of “Xenia”, meaning “guest-friendship”, which was so important that somtimes Zeus was known as “Zeus Xenios” or “protector of guests”. This is a reoccuring theme in Western culture from “Breaking Bread” at the Last Super to Tea/Coffee Politics in the UK/US (respectively).