Small Favor: A Novel of the Dresden Files [NOOK Book]

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THE New York Times Bestseller

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 ...
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Overview

THE New York Times Bestseller

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.


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Editorial Reviews

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Gumshoe wizard Harry Dresden has had one quiet -- make that dull -- year. For 12 whole months, nobody has tried to kill him. Just as he's settling into these doldrums, Mab, the monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, calls him in for a small favor. (Favors, it seems, are the main currency of Dresden's universe.) What begins as a tip of the hat quickly escalates into deadly matters that pit Harry against two deadly foes. Supernatural crime noir.
Publishers Weekly

Intricate yet accessible plotting and near-Arctic winter weather mark the 10th Harry Dresden adventure from bestseller Butcher (after 2007's White Night). A friendly snowball fight opens the Chicago-based wizard-detective's latest tale, but it's not long before a host of more dangerous foes are out for Harry's blood. A missing human mobster is said to be seeking greater influence among Chicago's extranormal population, but the true threat proves both more subtle and of much greater consequence. Butcher smoothly manages a sizable cast of allies and adversaries, doles out needed backstory with crisp efficiency and sustains just the right balance of hair's-breadth tension and comic relief. Encounters with a series of increasingly dangerous "Billy Goats Gruff" unfold with particular cleverness, and key developments involving Sgt. Karrin Murphy, Harry's reluctant police liaison, will intrigue seasoned fans as well as newcomers attracted by last year's TV adaptation of the series. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Turn out the lights, light a few candles, summon up a nice thunderstorm; you're in for an enthralling performance as James Marsters once again guides us through the dangerous streets of Chicago. This time there's even more difficulty than a wizard named Dresden can handle-how did he know that the Small Favor he agreed to do for Mab, Queen of the Winter Sidhe, could lead to so much trouble? Although Butcher had originally planned to write more of the "Swords and Horses" stories he grew up loving, somewhere along the way he met Harry Dresden, and these magical tales have netted a galaxy of fans. Just published in hardcover and already a best seller, Small Favor shot to the number two slot on the New York Times best sellers list, and number one on the Publishers Weekly list; it also made it to number one at Borders and Barnes & Noble.

Captain's Fury is the fourth book in the "Codex Alera" series, which chronicles the life of a young man named Tavi, now captain of the First Aleran Legion. His job is to forge an alliance between invading Canim warriors and the people of Alera. With "Codex Alera," Butcher made a successful crossover from mass market to hardcover; this made it to number 17 on the New York Times extended best sellers list. Although literally worlds apart, these two series show the talent a gifted author has in creating believable and entertaining characters. For the Dresden fans, it was lucky that Butcher met Harry first, as there's always a need for someone to take care of those things that go bump in the night. Kate Reading does not succeed in trying to do the deep voice thing on the Captain's Fury audio, for this isa sword and sorcery tale, where most of the characters are men. Nevertheless, both series are highly recommended for all public libraries-but if there's only room for one, you just can't beat the great performance that Marsters lends to the Dresden Files.
—Theresa Connors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101128626
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #10
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 10,306
  • File size: 490 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher
A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.
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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Small Favor, the Dresden Files, Book 10

    Jim Butcher creates an atmosphere of Armageddon, in my new favorite book of The Dresden Files series. Mab calls in one of her favors that Harry owes the Sidhe, Queen of Air and Darkness. Harry can not refuse Mab on this one, because of the SI crime scene investigation of a building torn by ritual magic. And not just any magic, but Very Powerful ritual magic. Together, Harry and Murphy are drawn into an investigation for the missing person/Baron/criminal, Marcone. Taxied by Thomas, and with the aid of the Knights Michael and Sanya, Harry gets in way over his head, (as usual), when he must battle the Denarians, Summer's gruff brothers, and himself, (with two black eyes and a broken nose), all while trying to save the kidnapped Marcone and tortured Ivy. With the overwhelming fear of the Denarians' possession of the Archive, more is revealed about Ivy, her role, her childhood, and her parentage. Also, Nicodemus' conversations clues Harry in finding who is behind the Black Council. Harry will barter everything he has, including the sword Fidelacchius and their advantage in their collection of the silver coins, in order to try and stop the long term, destructive plans of Nicodemus. Harry shifts his romantic eye away from Murphy and onto Luccio, which I do not care for at all. Table conversations with Luccio will show a secret that Dresden is hiding from the White Council about Bob. With the realization that the war between the Knights and Denarians can finally come to an end soon, Michael sees that he can simply be a father and husband to his family. Or, will a life altering accident allow the possible archangel to continue to be a Knight wielding Amoracchius? Can Harry repay the favor to Uriel, whom his godmother has warned him about?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Excellent! You'll love this!

    From demons to faeries, this book will keep you riveted from beginning to end. A witty main character, excellent plot, and nefarious villains make this book one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. I highly recommend it but beware this book will keep you reading from dark until dawn.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    The Archive Rocks!

    Well I love me some Laurell K. Hamilton, Old Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and ALL of Jim Butcher's books! But this one has got it all! I love the characters! Harry is hilarious and still interesting after all this time.....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Harry Dresden pulls another rabbit out of his hat

    I've been a long time fan of the Dresden series, but I'm starting to suffer from Dresden fatigue. The plots seem to be getting repetitive, that is, Dresden is dragged into a mysterious situation, encounters arch-villians, pulls a "rabbit out of his hat," humbles his adversaries, and saves the world. Another typical day in the life of Dresden the Super-Uber-Wizard.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    Harry is still a family favorite. This is an audio review. *Boo

    Harry is still a family favorite. This is an audio review.

    *Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

    Wizard Harry Dresden is out doing work for his other job, as a private detective, when he gets stuck in one helluva snow storm. To much snow, too fast and before he knows it Queen Mab, Faerie Queen of the Winter Court, is standing before him with a demand he make good on one of the favors he owes her. Mobster extraordinaire, Gentleman Johnny Marcone is missing and Mab wants Harry to find and protect him. Ok, find a mob boss. Harry’s an excellent PI. How hard could this be? Oh, Harry. Seriously?

    Guest reviewers:
    A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
    T ~ my 15-yr-old son
    K ~ my 13-yr-old son

    Yep, still loving the series. Humor, magic, mystery, great characters; what’s not to love? As always the big finale is hit with everyone though one of our favorite characters gets seriously injured. The plot is twisty and tricky and involves the Courts of Faerie. The hated Denarians are back and causing trouble, too. Man, we really hate them.  But that means the Knights of the Cross are in this book. Yay for Michael and Sanya! Along with Thomas, Murphy, Marcone and Mouse there are some more favorites back: Kincaid, The Archive, Ms. Gard, Hendricks and Capt. Luccio. New baddies are some denizens of the Summer Court, the Billy Goats Gruff. Yowzers. Add in a battle, helicopter, Ride of the Valkyries, weapons, magic and a cool island and you pretty much have all the excitement you can handle. T does want it recorded for all time that he no longer likes Murphy due to a decision she made at the end that I will not reveal so as not to spoil. A & K don’t agree and still like Murphy. T also said he didn’t like what Harry was saying at the end of the book until the janitor walked into the chapel. 

    Favorite quotes:

    “’Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?’
    ‘Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles ‘pon it instead,’ I said solemnly, ‘ and frosting of white.’”

    “’You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!’”

    “’Ha-ha! Ah-hahahahaha! I am wizard; hear me roar!’”

    “’Tiny,’ Sanya rumbled to Michael, clenching a demonstrative fist. ‘But fierce.’” ~ talking about Murphy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Moo il loo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Camp half blood

    Hi this is lily daughter of artemis i made this camp im the only daughter of artemis post everything here thanks

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Good News He Lives Through It.

    I want to give an in-depth review.
    But I find I keep giving away the best parts.

    So to avoid Spoilers I erased all my reviews of The Dresden Files and have put this type of lame and vague review up instead.

    Read the series.
    If you enjoy a quirky Magic User, You will love The Dresden Files.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Smallkit

    Ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    More "action thriller" than "action comedy".

    I felt like there was a shift in tone with this one. Not a large one, and not one that would be inappropriate given the circumstances. But it felt different from the rest of the series so far.

    The worst threat Harry has faced so far returns. And in what has to be a record for the series, they exploit a plot thread that was introduced late in the last book to do some really capital E evil things. Harry's world isn't exactly one built around sunshine and puppies. But there's always been this kind of balance between the darkness of events happening in the story and the level of snark Harry faced events with. This time, either due to the nature of events or maybe a lesser amount of humor on the hero's part, the over all result feels darker. Don't get me wrong. I really did enjoy this book. But it felt like steps were being taken to move away from "action comedy" and more towards "action thriller".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Warrior den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Novaslayerx: nononono

    Stop typing epic rap battles u noob. Dis is about magic and magic things alike as the book says it. So qack off. LOL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    YOUR VOICE SOUNDS LIKE A ROOSTER HAVING SEX WITH

    A FROG, THEY PUT ALOT LIPSTICK ONYOU BUT YOU STILL LOOK LIKE A DOG, PUT DOWN THAT TEACUP HONEY, GO PUT ON SOME PANTS AND, STOP LETTING LITTLE MONSTERS TEACH YOU HOW TO DANCE AND, YOU MAY BE GAGA BUT YOUR NOT A LADY AT ALL, I'VE SEEN THOSE OUTFITS YOU'VE BEEN WEARING THAT TAKES BALLS

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

     

     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Hi boring book

    Dont get this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Unicorms

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

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    CD/Unabridged/Urban Fantasy: This is book 10 of the Dresden ser

    CD/Unabridged/Urban Fantasy: This is book 10 of the Dresden series. This is the first time I listened to a Dresden book, narrated by my future ex-husband James Marsters. I was worried because I have always pictured Nicholas Cage as Dresden while reading. No worries, Nic is still the lovable loser, Dresden in my brain. (Yes, he a loveable loser with no hot water in his apartment, he hasn't gotten laid in forever, and worst, he can't carry around a cellphone).
    This book should have been called White Night because it snows, and snows, and snows through the whole book. Queen Mab calls in a favor Dresden owes her and it's off to the chases. Even though I've read all the previous books, I did have problems remembering who every past character who showed up is. With that one drawback, I still recommend this book. Butcher does a great job reminding the reader who everyone is. There are some netherworld politics going on, which never make sense to me anyway, and the story does flow.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Great Book! Highly Recommend!

    I love the Dresden series and this book was no exception to the others in the series. Fast pace and full of surprises. I can't wait to start on book #12. I got hooked on the Dresden character after seeing the show on scifi. Too bad it's not still on the air :(

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Jim is my favorite fiction writer working today, and Harry Dresden is my favorite character (though Tavi is a close second). This book does not disappoint, as the relationships between the characters continue to grow and deepen. Jim does action and camaraderie like no one in the business. His last few books have built toward really enjoyable climaxes which demonstrate Harry's growing ability to think on multiple levels. These are wonderful books when you need to escape for awhile.

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