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Peace Talks, Battleground, and The Arsonist Red Blend

As a huge Harry Dresden fan, I’ve looked forward to the next books in the Dresden Files series for years, and author Jim Butcher did not disappoint, giving fans not just one, but two new books within three months.

The duology of Peace Talks and Battleground not only continue the Dresden series, but take the conflict to a new level, as the supernatural and human worlds collide in wizard Harry Dresden’s Chicago. I recommend reading them together because Peace Talks lays the groundwork that leads you straight into Battleground.

Peace Talks sets the stage with a convergence of the supernatural world’s most powerful in Chicago to negotiate peace between factions. The wizards of the White Council are tasked with security, but it becomes clear that unknown forces are working not only against the negotiations, but to set the powers that be on a collision course. Unfortunately for Harry, they use his brother as a pawn to set their plans in motion, complicating his already precarious position as a member of the White Council and requiring Harry to somehow protect his brother and the negotiations simultaneously. When an ancient power rises to crash the party and threatens to destroy Chicago with an indestructible magical artifact, the situation becomes dire, leading us to Battleground.

In Battleground, we watch Chicago burn when a Titan advances on the city, bringing her hatred to bear against humanity and causing Chicago’s human inhabitants to struggle for survival against supernatural forces that come out openly into the night to claim Chicago as their war zone. To protect the city and people he loves, Harry calls upon all of his powers as wizard, Winter Knight, and as the keeper of Merlin’s supernatural island prison. Unable to end the existence of a deity with such power, Harry and his allies seek to imprison her instead, but to accomplish that feat, they must first wage a strategic and costly battle against the Titan and her armies.

The Arsonist Red Blend is the perfect wine to drink while you enjoy Harry’s latest adventures. A dry and full-bodied wine that blends Petit Verdot with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s well-balanced with a deep red color and just a hint of fruit. It also has a price point (find it here) that supports buying two bottles–one to go with each installment of Butcher’s Dresden duology.

Enjoy, and happy reading!

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Take Seaside Cellars Pinot Noir to Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, is a beautiful, lyrical read. Her descriptions of the North Carolina marsh and its inhabitants bring them to life, which makes sense considering she’s a wildlife scientist with a B.S. in Zoology.

Though the story is heart wrenching at times, the quiet independent strength of its young heroine, Kya, draws the reader in. The need to know how she survives sweeps you along with her like the tides she rides in her Pa’s old and battered boat.

A survivor of abuse and abandonment, Kya becomes a creature of the land that feeds, protects, and sustains her even as most of humanity turns its back, or worse, judges and shames her. Despite her independence and love for the marsh and its creatures, Kya longs for human interaction, touch, and acceptance. Kya’s story takes you to a beautiful and dangerous world where she must learn who she can trust as she fights for her life and her freedom.

I recommend Seaside Cellars Pinot Noir to join you as you immerse yourself in Kya’s world. This light red wine is fruity with a hint of a spicy finish, which is a perfect accompaniment to this coming-of-age story. Plus, it has a good price point at around $12/bottle.

Enjoy, and happy reading!

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