Rating: I'M OBSESSED
Series: The Dresden Files #9
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: April 3rd 2007
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Book Blurb: A sensational addition to the Dresden Filesadventures-from a USA Todaybestselling author. Professional wizard Harry Dresden is investigating a series of deaths in Chicago. Someone is killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...
This will be one of the shortest reviews I’ve written in a very, very long time. I don’t want to give too much away because some might not have even picked up the series yet and I don’t want to come close to spoilers of any kind.
So basically, this was another great installment. There were no earth-shattering revelations in this book, but we’re starting to see snippets of the bigger picture. And it won’t be a pretty one. I think these books will continue to get darker, which is something I’m looking forward to. Butcher has a way to bring in some heavy stuff but still make you laugh without taking away from that darkness he’s building. I love it.
Speaking of, we saw a rather dark side of Harry in this book. Boy was it great! I think what makes Harry a great character is his mixture of who he wants to be, who he is, and who he thinks he needs to be. It gives us a badass with nice vulnerabilities, doubts, and mistakes. This book was no different. He’s making some tough decisions that we might cringe at, but if I were in the same position I’m not sure what else I would do.
I think this book was nicely paced. It felt like there was always something going on, and I never for an instant grew bored. Butcher is developing his characters nicely and making them come alive. Mouse is a great example. He’s evolving with each book, and though we’ve met him a few times, we are always learning something new about him. It keeps things fresh.
So overall, if you’ve followed the series this long, you’ll love this one.