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This was a great book! There isn't any other series that I've read yet that is worth 24 books to its name like this one. It stands out from the crowd and while may start out a little slow the first 25 or so pages, once it picks up speed it won't let you put it down.. simple as that. I stayed up til four in the morning finishing this book, and it was worth every minute. The characters are perfect, along with their flaws and personalities. They all feel like they have been fully fleshed out by Butcher in a way that only he could. If you are debating whether to get this book, don't think about it, just do it..
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Posted December 28, 2009
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The best Dresden Files book since "Summer Knight"!!! When helping Chicago's SI with a suicide, Harry finds that his brother, a vampire of the White Court is the prime suspect. Working along side Murphy, their relationship is growing beyond that of just friends, but can Harry get over that she and Kencaid went to Hawaii? Once a coven is found to be Thomas's next target, an old enemy of Harry's shows her face. And, his old childhood friend and first love, Elaine is there to protect the witches of the coven. The weight of being a warden is bearing down on him, along with teaching his apprentice, Molly. Once again, with the aid of Marcone and Lasciel, Harry is able to uncover a threatening plot of the White Vampires.
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Still loving this series
*Book source ~ Library
Harry Dresden, wizard and PI extraordinaire, discovers that witches in his city of Chicago are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Not just alarming, but suspicious. Digging into the matter Harry finds out the magical community is afraid him now that he’s a Grey Cloak or Warden of the White Council. If someone had only talked to him about the suspicious deaths then lives could have been saved. But digging into the matter doesn’t just involve finding who is responsible. Oh, no. That would be too simple and nothing in Harry’s life is ever simple. Harry needs to figure out the players and the end game fast before more people, himself included, die.
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 15-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
This series continues to entertain, but I’m sure that’s no big surprise. The humor, as always, is a big hit and the mystery kept us guessing and involved. We learned more magic and with Harry training Molly we like how he’s becoming more focused and disciplined with his powerhouse talent. Learning about the magical community was interesting since not much has ever been mentioned about the lesser powers in Chicago. Elaine is back in town and we find out what she’s been up to and there are more machinations by the White Court.
Favorite characters are back: Thomas, Murphy, Marcone, Ramirez and, as always, Mouse. Everyone agrees the magical fight towards the end was awesome and Harry’s solutions are always so fun to read. Lasciel is also back and what she does is…unexpected. New baddies are introduced and an unexpected baddie turns up, one we thought was dead. Also, everyone agrees that Harry’s idea of setting up a network for the magical community is a good idea. He doesn’t like being seen as a boogeyman for the paranormal community simply because he has to be a Warden.
“Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!”
“She gave me a hard look. ‘No one likes a wiseass, Harry.’
“Are you kidding? As long as the wiseass is talking to someone else, people love ‘em.”
“There was a sound like a human yawn, and then the skull turned slightly toward me and asked, ‘What’s up, boss?’
‘Well, sure’, Bob said, ‘because it refuses to learn the metric system. Otherwise it would be up to a meter by now.’”
Posted February 8, 2014
Vampires, witches, friendships and a giant dog! Harry Dresdan is a world class hero, and a hero of the other realms too! Great story with enough twists to keep you thinking ahead to where Jim Butcher is going to take his cast of characters this time! Each installment to the Dresdan Files is so unique in the approach to the woes of our hero and his companions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I think this trip into the world of Harry Dresden shows just how complex the world has gotten over the course of nine books. There are a large number of call backs here. I'm having trouble thinking of one of the previous stories that wasn't brought up, even just briefly in passing, in this one. And I think that may have been why Butcher may have had a little bit of trouble juggling them all in this story.
For example, one major subplot that's been brought up repeatedly in the past several novels seems to have been officially ended in this book. It had such a build up that I was expecting a future novel to be about this subplot coming to a head and all of Harry's close friends having to deal with the fall out. Instead, it's sacrificed in the climax, probably to make room for a new subplot that was introduced at the same time.
And it's not just major characters and subplots that are falling victim here. A couple of supporting characters are set up as a couple, but given the history of events between them, I can't honestly see how that could possibly have happened. I mean, from what I'm reading, there has been some blood spilt here, but that doesn't seem to stop these two from being a couple.
Over all, the main story and action elements are good as ever (and Ramirez is starting to grow on me), but the clutter of subplots could have been handled better.
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