Series: The Dresden Files #11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry Dresden keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some - and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules - like Harry. So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council - and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog - like Harry.Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head - like Harry.
Surprise! Surprise! I absolutely loved this book. Butcher once again wove a tale of mystery dosed heavily with humor and action.
In this book, we got a nice look at the White Council and its internal happenings. We also got a look at how deep the bad guy’s plot goes. What I enjoyed immensely in this book was how we got to know some key players in the White Council. Merlin was one I got a better understanding of, which added a few layers of depth to his character.
I love how well Butcher rolls out information to us. I never feel as though I just got a mouthful of history or backstory. It’s either too short to be considered such, or woven into the story so effortlessly that I never knew I’d learned something.
I can’t say too much without giving away stuff for earlier books, so I’ll simply leave you with one of my favorite lines and one of my favorite paragraphs.
“He was wrong,” I said. “That doesn’t make him a villain. It just makes him an asshole.”
There’s power in the night. There’s terror in the darkness. Despite all our accumulated history, learning, and experience, we remember. We remember times when we were too small to reach the light switch on the wall, and when the darkness itself was enough to make us cry out in fear.