By: Jim Butcher
Release Date: April 17, 2009
Publisher: Roc Books
Series: The Dresden Files
So, here we are, eleven books into the Dresden Files series. If you’re here, wondering if you should read this installment of the series, I’ll repeat myself from reviews past. Are you really going to give up on Harry Dresden now? Also, as a fun side note, this book is the last one I will be calling a “Throwback” as it’s currently 2017 and this was published in 2009. The book after this, Changes was published in 2010 and for me, that’s not as much of a throwback as the first eleven books in this series.
Once again I hope you all understand why my reviews for the Dresden Files books are often short and vague is because I’m trying so desperately to not spoil major plot points in the book for anyone reading the review. All the things that make this book series excellent are in the writing and handling of major plot twists, character development and surprises. So, essentially, all spoilers! So, without further ado, more vague praise about this book in the series.
Okay, this book is a essentially the biggest plot twist book in the entire series, to me anyway. Let’s begin with discussing the first thing to happen to Harry in this book. Warden Morgan, who has always distrusted Harry and made his life a living hell, shows up, injuring and begging for asylum.
Yeah. Morgan asks Harry for help. Let that one sink in. (If you’re reading this review and haven’t read the previous books I suggest you go back. Trust me, once you read about Warden Morgan you will understand why this is so shocking.)
We see great appearances by Molly, Captain Luccio, Listens-to-Wind and a few other members of the council. We also see a new baddie called a naagloshi that is essentially an extremely evil shape-shifter. On top of all of this going on Thomas is put in danger and is used as a bargaining chip against Harry.
This book poses a lot of moral obstacles for Harry Dresden and, at the end of it, I can agree with his struggle of not believing he chose correct. Harry, always one to blame himself, doubts that he made the correct choices that lead to the climax of this book and while I am 100% NOT BLAMING Harry, under these circumstances I finally understand his struggle with it at the end. Usually I sit back and go “Shut up, Harry. You did you best.” This time, with everything bad that happens, I understand his frustration, guilt and internal conflict.
And, as with most of my reviews of books by Jim Butcher about Harry Dresden here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
“The man once wrote: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. Tolkien had that one mostly right.
I stepped forward, let the door bang closed, and snarled, “Fuck subtle.”
Again, sorry for the vague review but honestly, the spoilers in this book are so juicy I would hate myself for posting them here for the world to see. Go read this book!