rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a pretty big fan of the Dresden Files. And I also happen to have a weak spot for stories dealing with the fair folk, so I looked forward to Small Favor because I knew it would involve some sort of intrigue with Queen Mab. And, it did.
You know what, though? I spent the first several chapters convinced that Butcher had just phoned this one in. And there was even a slight whiff of shark in the water, and I began to worry that I was about to be handed a set of water skis.
Then, somewhere – I’m not even sure where, but it was probably about the time the Denarians showed up – the story grabbed me, big time, and got really, really good.
If you’re a Dresden fan (or a Dresden sorta-fan), and you’re going to read this book, and you find yourself feeling lukewarm early on … I urge you to wait, give it some time to find its way, and from then on I honestly think it’ll grab you.