The Law (The Dresden Files #17.2), by Jim Butcher - Book Review

Write on: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 324

At this point I'm pretty much invested in the Dresden Files series, so there's a lot of momentum in reading new releases. This review covers the recent Novella plus a short story that appeared in another anthology.

What to Expect

The Law: Expect a shorter story, about a quarter of the usual novel length. More importantly, after the over-the-top events of the last two novels, expect a bit of return to basics. Harry is called up to help someone, whose needs seem only marginally related to the supernatural world (though, of course, they end up escalating).

Little Things: this is a short story told from the point of view of Toot-Toot, Harry's self-appointed fairy bodyguard (who's about a foot tall, and his closest ally is Harry's cat). It takes place in the aftermath of Battle Ground, inside Harry's castle as some clean-up is still happening. It's lighter hearted, and gives a different perspective of Dresden, which is always fun to read.

What I liked

I much prefer this intimate tone, with smaller events and tighter plots, with cases of human concerns not pan-galactic comic-scale invaders.

What to be aware of

After 20 odd years and books, there's a lot already out there in the series continuum. This isn't the place to jump it - you've either read previous novels and liked them enough to read thus far, or need to go back to the beginning to see if you enjoy the series.

Felix's Review

Felix, like me, enjoys following Harry's adventures. And, like any sane person let alone a paranormal detective, enjoys helping nice people and would rather leave pan-dimensional horrors to someone like Harry.


A good interlude for the main series. As is often the case, such episodes are more charming then the big drama.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.


Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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