In 2019, I wrote a post ranking the The Dresden Files fight scenes, and here’s an updated version to account for Peace Talks and Battle Ground. You can find the original post here, but without further ado, the updated list!
I had two rules in making this list: the first is that I focused on the novels only. Short stories, TV shows, fan fiction, etc, all don’t factor. We are strictly looking at the 17 published novels, period. The second rule is one fight scene per book, only. Some books have multiple great fight scenes (like Skin Game), but in the interest of keeping this ranking manageable, I limited myself to the one scene.
Obviously, here be spoilers. And I am writing this list on the assumption that you remembered what happened, so I’m not going to describe the fight scenes too much. The Dresden Files Wiki is a great resource if you need to jog your memory.
Here you go, the authoritative, definitive, inarguable, entirely 100% correct ranking of Dresden Files fight scenes, ranked:
Title: A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1)
Author: Freya Marske
Are there LGBTQ+ characters? I mean, duh. Just look at that fabulous, fabulous cover.
Brief summary / book review: So, the purpose of this “Are There LGBTQ+ Characters” series is to let people know if the book contains actual gay characters in whatever I’ve read, which isn’t always apparent in book blurbs, reviews, or synopsis. In this case, all you need to do is read the dust jacket and it’ll tell you outright, yes, there are gay characters. Specifically, there are two point of view characters, both of whom are gay and undergo the frenemies-to-lovers journey (again, this is not a spoiler! The dust jacket is pretty clear on this).
And judging by the 5/5 rating I gave it, you probably already know I really liked this book. What remains, then, is looking at why this book is so good, from my perspective. What makes this one in particular tick, when there are other LGBTQ+ stories that don’t quite measure up as well? What makes a good story, a good story?