Summer Knight. Jim Butcher (Dresden Files 04)
Summer Knight Jim Butcher - Dresden Files 04 Author:Jim Butcher Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry's been down and out. He can't pay his rent. He's alienat... more »ing his friends. He can't recall his last shower. Then when things are at their worst, the Winter Queen of Faerie saunters in with an offer Harry can't refuse. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Knight, the Summer Queen's right-hand man, and clear the Winter Queen's name. It seems simple, but Faerie politics seldom work out that way. Then Harry discovers the fate of the entire world rests on this case. So no pressure ...Magic - it can get a guy killed.« less
Harry Dresden is in a whole lot of trouble. His actions precipitated a war between the Vampire's Red Court and the Wizards White Council. His girl friend was "infected" by the vampires and Harry has been spending every waking minute searching for a cure for her - to the point where he isn't working, isn't bathing, isn't really even eating. He is about to be evicted from his office for not paying his rent. Not only that, but assassins are after him and he has been summoned to the Wizard's council to account for his actions. Could his day get any worse ... this is Harry Dresden, of course it could ... in pops the winter queen of the faeries. It seems that his fairy godmother has sold her hold over Harry and now the winter queen wants Harry to figure out who killed the Summer Knight. He doesn't want to work for her, but isn't given any choice ... and, of course, the fate of the entire world rests on Harry solving the case in time. Fun read!
Best so far. Harry, the werewolves and the pixies wind up in the middle of a war between the faeries of the Summer and Winter Courts as a test from the White Council. Fast paced action - really fun book.
It's fast-paced with interesting new characters added, although it does lack any interaction with some of the "standard" characters for various reasons. I literally laughed out loud more than once, and I think it's worth reading to the end just for the light-hearted denouement.