Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files

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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked and left struggling with the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Now, she needs Harry's help. Harry's enemies have found the secret she has hidden for so long, and he will have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power.

Because this time, he's fighting to save his child.

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Overview


Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked and left struggling with the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Now, she needs Harry's help. Harry's enemies have found the secret she has hidden for so long, and he will have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power.

Because this time, he's fighting to save his child.

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Publishers Weekly
The fast-paced and compelling 12th book in Butcher's bestselling series (after 2009's Turn Coat) is aptly titled. Beginning with the revelation that wizard detective Harry Dresden has a daughter, Butcher throws one high-stakes curveball after another at his hero. Harry's ex-girlfriend, Susan Rodriguez, discloses young Maggie's existence after vampire Red Court duchess Arianna Ortega kidnaps the child. Ortega holds Harry responsible for the death of her husband and is planning to offer Maggie as a human sacrifice. With a fragile peace in place between the Red Court and the White Council of wizards, Harry is unable to count on them for support in his rescue mission, and he must compromise almost everything he believes in to save his daughter. Butcher is deft at relieving some of the tension and grimness with bursts of gallows humor that keep readers coming back for more. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463470
  • Publisher: Roc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 53,034
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.
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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Nothing done by halves with Jim Butcher!

    This book promises CHANGES and boy does Jim Butcher deliver. I found myself, as usual, laughing out loud at many parts of Changes: great snarky conversations, funny imagery, surprising turns of events... but it was the heartbreak and pain that Harry Dresden endures that had me aching. From moment one in this book it is clear that Harry is in for major upheaval and each event you think must surely be the last bit of destruction, the last loss he must endure, something tops it. As always, there are wonderful interactions with some of our favorite supporting characters: tiny but FIERCE Murphy, tragic and dangerous Thomas, Molly, Sanya, and great stuff with Lea, Mouse and of course Susan and Martin. This book is revelation after revelation and is incredibly thrilling. Another must read by Jim Butcher!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Avid Butcher fans feels let down.

    As a fan of all of Jim's work, this one was a let-down for me. I didn't enjoy the flow of this particular novel. I found the ending (with his daughter) predictable and the interactions between major characters lacking in spontaneity. The book's only redeeeming feature was the final moments, but even that leads me to believe that we are going to lose many of the charming things we love so much about this series.

    I'm already missing the Fae, the Black Council, and the Denarians.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    Superb swing into darker themes

    One day Harry Dresden encounters a woman he hasn't seen for over 8 years. On that day, she informs him he is a father and their daughter is in danger. Then, he finds the ancient and powerful Red Court is preparing a lethal bloodline curse which will kill him and everyone in his family, including his half-brother, his grandfather and his daughter. Now, Harry must save himself and his family. But, a devastating injury tempts Harry into making a Deal with the Devil to save his daughter. What will he do? This is an excellent novel even though it sets a darker tone which brings forth the major plot arcs of the next novels in the series. A definite must read if you enjoy the series up to this point.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Great Read

    I have enjoyed ever book in the Dresden Files series.
    Harry is awesome.

    I hope Jim Butcher keeps writing for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Damon

    Got in the car and headed over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    A series that gets better as it goes

    This is who dunnit with supernatural urban fantasy. Great fun, nothing more, but the series actually gets better as it goes!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Wonderful escape book, 'CHANGES' stands on its own but I recommend beginning the series at book one.

    J. Butcher develops his characters and plot so that you can read any of the Dresden Files books and enjoy it. However, to get a better perspective on all the characters and the continuing story lines, and to get a feel of the growth of Dresden himself, it is best to start with book one and read them sequentially. In the early books Dresden is brash, immature and not very likeable, but he is a product of his childhood. One wonders how he survives his adventures. Yet, he learns from his experiences and from the responsibilities that are thrust upon him and he evolves into a person you really like and want to succeed. J. Butcher does a wonderful job of weaving magic into the world we know. He also has a refreshing philosophical acceptance of religions and magic; weaving them both into significant roles in his stories. 'CHANGES' has wizards, a priest, knights of the cross, vampires, half vampires, fairy creatures, demi-gods, conventional weapons, magic, action, and plans that sometimes work but more often get derailed and require quick thinking and great magical feats to overcome the situation. If you want a fast paced magical fantasy to escape your everyday existence then 'CHANGES' is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    There are parts of this book that I expected to happen eventually.

    There are parts of this book that I expected to happen eventually. A subplot that was introduced early and had been slowly decaying as it limped along in the background is brought back into the spotlight. Not only is it made the central focus of the story, but it seems to have been finished off for all intents and purposes. I am curious to see how this will impact the supernatural world as a whole going forward.

    Part of this book seems like a big trip down memory lane for the series. I want to say that 90-95% of the recurring characters from the previous books make an appearance, and the only major players that we don't see are ones that have been sidelined by events in the last couple of books. We even get to see Harry lead a large group of his allies into the climax. I figured that was going to happen at some point, but also thought it was likely to occur for the big showdown with the super villain group that's been built up for the past few books. I enjoyed what happened here to a point where this is going to be my measuring stick for the final conflict.

    And even with all of this, he still has time to give us a small peek at some areas of the Dresden universe we haven't seen yet. I hope to see Vadderung and his associates expanded upon at some point in a future story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    HARRY DRESDEN IN PARANORMAL PERIL!

    I have read all the Dresden Files and Jim Butcher continues to keep Harry active and interesting....and you anxious for another adventure!

    This installment of Harry's saga brings some old characters back and keeps you in contact with the "regulars". And as always, there are some unexpected turns of events that keep you reading far into the night. Keep reading folks, and maybe get the Dresden Files #13 when you buy this one, since you'll want to keep going!

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Butcher has always brought Harry Dresden to life, exposing his i

    Butcher has always brought Harry Dresden to life, exposing his inner thoughts, fears & struggles while also portraying wonderous & intense battles and exciting plot twists. With this book he takes it to a whole new level. The story marks a critical shift for Dresden, brilliantly closing the last chapter (of the series) and opening things up for the next. I've never felt more empathetic for a character in a novel than I did for Dresden in this latest masterpiece.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

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    Paperback/Urban Fantasy: This book is really good. Everything

    Paperback/Urban Fantasy: This book is really good. Everything Harry didn't lose in Turn Coat, he loses in this book. And just when you think he can't lose anything else, BAM! Then, he can't lose anything, BAM, repeat...several more times. I see lots of peeps saying this is the best Dresden book. I still think the first book Storm Front is the best.
    You know from the first line of the book what the situation is going to be. The only mystery is how Dresden is going to get there.
    There are some funny parts including Mouse "talking" and Toot mouthing off about the reflection he saw in he pond. I actually had to reread the latter because it is so funny. I'm still loving some Molly and her maturing role.
    Great book and great addition to the Dresden series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Hi

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Harry goes farther down the road to the dark side, but he's able

    Harry goes farther down the road to the dark side, but he's able to pull his mind/body/soul back with out losing to many freinds,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Banefoul

    It rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    A must read

    This book is number twelve in a series and it may have been the best one yet. Jim Butcher has outdone himself yet again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Maddie

    Great

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    Posted March 15, 2012

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A surprise on the first page

    Readers of The Dresden Files know that all the titles are two words, related to the plot in some ironic way. Seeing a one-word title, the reader knows that this book is going to be different.

    All of the reviews and plot summaries start with the surprise on the first page: Harry has a daughter with Susan Rodriguez. Her name is Maggie and she's been kidnapped. The plot twists and turns and looks like a tangled mess of yarn to the very end.

    The end is heartbreaking - twice - and you'll want to have book 13, Ghost Story on hand when you've finished this one.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    A must read!! But read the others so the suspense is even better!

    I love the dresden series and this book did not disappoint. Lots to keep me entertained and I literally couldnt put it down. Read it in a day. Its almost like all the books have been preparing Harry for this book-this moment. I love all the characters in it and I feel Jim Butcher told the story very well. He left plenty of things about the characters out so in stories to come all those questions we had can be answered, like about mouse,Mab,Murphy and molly. What i really cant wait for is the book after Ghost Story so we can see the winter knight work his magic!

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