Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8)

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The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.
ebook, 418 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Roc (first published February 1st 2006)
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David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
If the charge is writing one of the best Harry Dresden novels yet, then Jim Butcher has just been Proven Guilty!

As a practicing wizard, Harry Dresden has always been troubled by the methods of his bosses in the White Council. But since becoming a Warden and witnessing the Council's methods firsthand...now he's outright disgusted by them! When someone is caught practicing black magic, rather then considering rehabilitation for the practitioner, the Council prefers to simply cut the dark wizard of...more
Michael
The eighth novel in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files centers around scary things happening at a horror covention--and no, I don't just mean the con-funk from devotees who don't bathe for several days.

Harry is pulled into an investigation of strange monsters attacking people around town, all of it centering at the local horror convention. The setting allows Butcher to lovingly poke fun at fan conventions but also to pay homage to them.

Before you know it, Harry's on the track of greater conspiracies...more
William Thomas
Jim Butcher is a creep. And not the cool kind of creep like Bukowski that you romanticize, but like Ezra from 'Pretty Little Liars' kind of creep. Seriously, Butcher, I'm not putting this one on Harry. The last few pages of this book made my skin crawl. Sexualizing an underage character and Harry blatantly lusting after her and beating himself up over it and trying to moralize it is just... awful. But like I said, this isn't Harry. This is some weird thing Jim Butcher has going on in his head. W...more
Becky
Another great edition in this series. I'm terrible at writing reviews of in-progress series books, and I think I'm running out of ways to say that I love Harry Dresden, because I just finished this book and I'm completely at a loss as to what the heck to say about it.

Except that I love Harry Dresden. But we knew that, didn't we?

I did really enjoy coming back to Harry's world, and despite the 2 1/2 month gap between finishing Dead Beat and starting Proven Guilty, I picked up right where I left...more
Callista
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David Sven
I'm guessing anyone who's gotten to book 8 of this series is already a hard core Dresden fan and it gets harder to criticize the small stuff. I mean, it's got Harry Dresden in it - and James Marster is the narrator. Nuff said. But compared to the last book this fell a little flat for me.

I think part of it is that there is no real antagonist/arch enemy in the plot. Sure, there is a lot of bad stuff happening. There's black magic in town and as a Regional Commander in the Wardens it's Harry's job...more
David
Though not quite as thoroughly riveting as the preceding entry, Dead Beat, this is an entertaining and ultimately important entry in the Dresden Files. More is learned about multiple members of the Carpenter family. A major new character is established. Harry's life changes in more than one way as a result of the circumstances in this story.

The mystery that sets things in motion is one of the better ones: A teenage boy is falsely accused of issuing a vicious beating in a restroom where nobody el...more
Duchess Nicole
Dec 24, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fans of urban fantasy
5 Stars!

I've enjoyed every single Dresden Files book that I've listened to so far. There's so much to be said for the voice of James Marsters continuing to do the voice of Harry. He is my Harry Dresden now, and I don't think reading this series would give me the same feel as the audio has done. Each book gets better and better, and this is my first five star read of the series.

The White Council and Harry, while both supposedly batting for the same team, have always butted heads. Harry's unconve...more
Rob
Executive Summary: While not as good as the previous book, Dead Beat, it's still another enjoyable entry to the series.

Audio book: Nothing of particular note in this novel. There weren't any stand out voices/characters worth mentioning. James Marsters does a great job with the audio, and seems really comfortable with the series now.

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NOTE: This review contains some (mostly minor) spoilers from previous novels, as it's hard to talk about the later books in the series without proper cont...more
Ben Babcock
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Sandi
Wow. I just checked to see when my first status update was on this book and I started it after Christmas. It's been my purse book, the mass market paperback I carry around to read in waiting rooms. It took about 200 pages to grab me enough to keep it out of my purse.

I've really been loving The Dresden Files novels, but I have to say that Proven Guilty is probably the weakest installment so far. It seems to be a transitional novel between books 7 & 9. It's clearly setting up some huge plot de...more
Suz
This is the best one yet. I have a feeling about where it's going to go with Molly, but it's going to take a while, I'm thinking.

I liked the way he sneaked the next bit for the long arc into the conversation at the end. It didn't feel manipulative like it so often can when it's done this way.

I also like that Butcher's fae are really difficult to like. They are generally not very nice, even when they're being nice. I like it.

Everyone is right, these just get better with every book.

MOUSE!
Tania
I'm halfway through the series now and I am still totally captivated by the characters, the plot and the pace, BUT I have to admit that Proven Guilty was not one of my favorite Dresden's. It felt a bit unfocused. I also hope Thomas gets a bigger role in the next installment.
Alex Ristea
Lots of big reveals in this book! As always, a fun ride, but this one had the bonus of adding gravity to the Dresden universe.

Also, I love Jim Butcher's double climaxes, with a long denouement. Not what they teach you in writing class, but it works quite well here.

My one word theme of this book would be Pride.
Emily
I seriously loved this entry in the Dresden series. Everyone told me that if I powered through the first two or three books I would devour the rest, and you guys were so right.

This entry was lower on the solving-a-mystery aspect, and higher on the tensions between the various supernatural races and character development aspects, and that was just fine with me. I actually am guessing that as the books go on, the war between the races will gain prominence and Harry's solving of mysteries will fall...more
Sarah Maddaford
May contain minor spoilers. Read at your own peril.

I knew who the warlock was even before I accidentally spoiled myself by looking up the Laws of Magic on Wikipedia (they need a non-spoiler version...). It was fairly obvious, I think Harry was just trying to deny it even to himself.

I have to say that I love the faeries in this series more every time I see them even though the winter fey creep me out immensely. They don't think or act like people. They follow a completely different set of rules....more
Chris
This is more of a 3.5 than an out and out four.

Butcher's Dresden Files are enjoyable. They are usually funny and contain wonderful comments and nods to pop fiction as well as SF and fantasy. The characters are belivable and well drawn, both men and women. In many ways, this series reminds of Farscape.

In this additon to the series, Butcher takes it to a slightly darker place, continuing the trend that was begun in the previous book Dead Beat. There is a contiunation of Harry's sharing space with...more
StoryTellerShannon
Harry Dresden is a wise guy P.I. who is always digging into things that could get him killed. In this eighth installment, he has deal with the politics of the White Council (a group of wizards who are political at times), supernatural beings that want to kill him or control his soul, family members of a good friend and ghost like creatures which take on the personages of scary villains from horror films.

PROS OF BUTCHER'S WRITING STYLE

#1 Concepts are really interesting, focusing on the mytholog...more
Darcy
There was so much fun with this book and that was mostly due to the uncomfortable personal issues that Harry had to deal with versus the magical problems.

Thomas has become one of my favorite people, so when he left to strike out on his own I was disappointed. But thankfully as brothers, Thomas wasn't very far away.

I have always like Murphy from the start and really wanted her and Harry to end up together. The talk that the two of them had about "us" in the elevator was classic. Both for what was...more
Sunil
Proven Guilty is the most character-centric story yet, which makes it a rather odd duck. Ostensibly, Harry Dresden investigates a mysterious murder at a horror movie convention (allowing Butcher to make all sorts of cute references for the con-going crowd) and also looks into Faerie's role in the ongoing war. But the plot jukes and twists so many times that by the end it's unclear where the climax of the book is, if it has one. The previous books felt more cohesive in terms of plot, whereas this...more
Meg
Proven Guilty
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Minors Are Not Minor Problems
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This Is Only Illegal In Forty States (Including This One, Whoops)

I really liked the set up for this one. The convention, the kind of enemies, and yes, the whole arch with Molly and Harry. I also feel like we're really getting into the meaty part of the over all plot of the series. All of the pieces are in place, now it's just watching the dominoes start to fall. Looking forward to seeing where the meta plot takes us and hoping to see a lot more fall...more
Fantasy Literature
After decades of reading SFF, and after stuffing hundreds of fantasy novels under my middle-aged belt (it occurs to me that this is not the most attractive metaphor), it surprises me when I finish book eight in a series and am eager to acquire book nine. It rarely happens anymore. But, I’ve just finished Proven Guilty, book eight in Jim Butcher’s THE DRESDEN FILES and I’m eager to move on to book nine, White Night. The only thing stopping me from diving right in is that I’m on the wait list at m...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: On par with the series
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Horror movie twist, what’s not to love
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Dresden

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I should have loved this book. Horror movies, but I didn’t. It didn’t hold my attention as well as others, but this series is far better than others out there. So it was good, just not memorable for me. I certainly can’t wait to see what will happen...more
Dawn
Another funny and addicting addition to the Dresden Files series. Not my favorite of the lot, but not my least favorite either. I will say this though.. I loved the last few chapters. Really liked the story as a whole, but loved the aftermath chapters. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here! I'll be starting White Night soon. As in now. I have no doubt that it will be just as good, if not better, than this one.
Anna
There are UF series that start well and morph into something strange and alien, those that promise much and then fail to develop and those that frankly need a certain level of patience while the writer learns their craft, whereupon the books take off. The Dresden Files falls into the last category. The opening few books are not that well written and a little tedious, but they have been steadily improving, especially since Thomas's appearance and the inclusion of the Vampire court. In books 7 and...more
Lisa
So, it turns out I only needed to have read one more in the series to meet the protege I was spoiled for in Dangerous Women. Doh!

With the White Council's numbers somewhat thinned thanks to the war with the Red Court, Harry has become a Warden and been tasked to ferret out the casters of the black magic that's been taking place in Chicago. Meanwhile, Michael's teenage daughter, Molly, has found herself mixed up in a situation where movie monsters are manifesting and messing up everyone around th...more
Erika  Badass
So.... how long until Harry realizes Murphy needs to wield the sword?

Interesting installment of the Dresden Files. Movie Monsters O.o. At least Freddy Krueger didn't show up, bad enough Chucky did :P Well, Bucky, at any rate. Pumpkin Head, Hammerhands, what will Butcher think of next.

Finally Harry kissed Murph. Even though they had "the talk", I still feel a bit of hope for them in the long run.

Richard
Jul 19, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who read the previous seven, duh.
This series is getting better, although he took two obvious plot twists earlier than I would have expected (both involving Molly), but managed to hold off on another (involving his, er, passenger).

He also tied up some loose emotional threads, adding yet more character development. Nice.

If you made it through seven, reading this one is a no-brainer. Just do it.
Logan
I had been reading this series regularly this fall/winter, but eventually all of the misery heaped on poor Harry started to get to me. I decided to take a break for a little while, so it's been a few months since I read book 7.

Whether it's because I just needed the break or this was a great book, I totally loved this one. I remembered all of the reasons that Harry makes such a great hero. He's funny, yes, but he's also fierce and humble and brave.

This was a much more personal case for Harry as h...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Local library

Due to the War the ranks of the Wardens are stretched thin, so the White Council has been forced to hand Harry a grey cloak. Horror of horrors! Wait, that’s not all the horror in town. SplatterCon!!! is in Chicago and there’s trouble at the horror convention that seems to revolve around Michael Carpenter’s oldest daughter, Molly. Tasked by the Council to investigate dark magic in his town, Molly’s plea for help with her boyfriend’s arrest at SplatterCon!!! and imminen...more
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi...more
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