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Thanks to NetGalley and Ace Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: July 14th, 2020

352 Pages

Synopsis: When the supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks remain civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?

So, six years I’ve been waiting. SIX years and three months since the last Harry Dresden book came out. Was it worth the wait? Well, let me just say that “Mr Butcher, if you happen to ever stumble across this review, all is forgiven and you’re back on my Christmas list!”

I know I’ve been nagging some of you (Fraggle!) to try this series, and you’ve been hesitant because it’s now 16 books in and that’s a lot to catch up on. With Peace Talks you can easily jump in without being confused, although I still recommend reading the previous books because they’re that good.

As usual, Harry’s life is complicated, and it’s about to get more so. Juggling his adorable daughter’s safety, his developing romance with Karrin, wheeling double-dealing politics, he needs more than twenty-four hours a day. Adding to that is the new trouble Harry’s brother Thomas has gotten into, and his grandfather’s interference, well, let’s just say life is messy for Chicago’s favorite wizard. The storyline is interesting and it moves very quickly despite there not being a lot of action. Some reviewers have complained about this and the lack of any meaningful resolution at the end, but I’m willing to cut Mr. Butcher some slack as this is the first of a duology within the series, and the second book, Battle Ground is coming out in October.

Overall, Peace Talks is a welcome return to the world of Harry Dresden, and I felt as though I was meeting up with old friends. I’m excitedly awaiting Battle Ground and I can’t wait to see how Harry extricates himself from the multiple jams he’s in.