Wizard for hire Harry Dresden has to track down the things that go bump in the night in this novel in Jim Butcher's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.
As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend—all grown up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it’s all in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob...
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One of the best in the series pre book 10`
This is the 8th book in the series. I can't help but wonder why they are release these books in reverse order, but this time, this makes me happy as this is my favorite book in the series of the first 10 books. Harry really comes into his own here, Jim Butcher's writing does too. Both the author and his character mature greatly in this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Another Great Chapter in the Saga
Again, Butcher writes a yarn that really strikes home. This one is about honesty and bravery. That may seem "abstract", but Butcher's ability to wrap morally complicated concepts into clearly articulated and entertaining narrative is quite astounding. It's not everyone that can tackle murder, God, black magic, and self-examination into a good story that's a real "page turner". But he does it with respect, dignity, and profound insight without coming across as condescending or patronizing. For those looking for a truly adult approach to life's bigger questions, Butcher is the one to listen to.
This book is impossible to read without reading the previous books in the series. And for good reason--the impact of the book is lost without the previous 7 books prior to it. While there is some obligatory introduction of various characters, the real story cannot be relished without a base of familiarity with the players. This isn't bad--in fact, it's quite refreshing. While there are new "monsters" that are introduced and some magical mechanics that are fleshed out a tad, this book by and large wouldn't have the kind of impact it has if a reader were to try to dive into the Dresden Files at this point. So if you haven't read the previous books, don't start with this one--give yourself the gift of reading the other ones first.
That said, for those that have read them, this book is a huge stepping stone in the development of the overarching plot that is rapidly developing in the saga--something is manipulating everything behind the scenes! Not a huge surprise for any devout reader, but still a gratifying acknowledgement that the characters finally realize it... The really satisfying aspect of this book comes not from any newly introduced baddy, but that Butcher is starting to reveal the intricate web of details that he's painstakingly laid out in front of us. And oh, what a twisted web it is... Juicy!!!
Marsters, as the narrator, is once again a master of understatement. His ability to flip between staid narration, inner character monologue, and character vocalization is unsurpassed. Truly, this guy knows how to tell a story--it's more than simply reading a bunch of words! He knows where the high points of each chapter are, can build tension like nobody's business, and splashes irreverent wit liberally throughout the whole thing--he's just plain fun to listen to!
All in all, yet another great book. Enjoy the book! You won't want to take off those headphones, and you might find yourself driving around a bit longer just to get to the end of the chapter! Whee!
Another great Harry Dresden book well worth the price