Overview: Being the Winter Knight isn’t easy. Especially since Harry is also the warden of Demonreach, and he still suffers from his migraines. Now, Mab has a rather inconvenient order. She has a debt to pay off to Nicodemus Archleone–yes, that Nicodemus, leader of the Black Denariians,–and she wants to use Harry to pay it off. This ought to be fun. Who doesn’t like a game of ‘circle the knife’? One slip up, and Harry will feel that one in his back.
Story Telling: Everybody’s favorite wizard, aside from Gandalf, is back in this urban fantasy.
Likes: Harry had to play a smooth game here. He had to stick to the letter of Mab’s orders, while keeping the innocent safe.
Oh! Michael is back. That’s just a big plus.
Dislikes: Faerie politics are actually worse that regular politics. How does that happen? Members of The Faerie Courts can’t even lie!
Nicodemus is one cold man. He had already beaten Murphy, his actions afterwards was inexcusable.
And Molly is going to be trouble. She is too secretive, and about things that are necessary for her family to know.
Favorite Character: Michael Carpenter, who else?
Favorite Quote: Michael has a way of making people feel better. ““In other words,” he said, “despite all of the things you know, and all of the incredible things you can do…you’re only human.”” Talk about putting things into perspective.
Of course, Charity has a good one too. “Kids need their father to come home safe, Harry. Make sure it happens.” I’ll leave you to guess who she is talking about.
Favorite Scene: Oh, there’s Harry’s discovery of what the parasite is. Or Nicodemus’s face when Michael came out of his gate. Or the time Harry spends with Maggie. The joyful reunion with Mouse. Or even Uriel’s choice.
Conclusion: This was a good book. I just hope that Harry goes back to working with the everyday people soon.