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White Night (The Dresden Files #9)

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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  52,161 ratings  ·  1,205 reviews
The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone is targeting magic practitioners--the members of the supernatural underclass who don't possess enough power to become full-fledged wizards. Some have vanished. Others appear to be victims of suicide. But now the culprit has left a calling card at one of the crime scenes--a message for Harry Dresde...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published April 3rd 2007
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Michael
Sep 29, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans who've read previous Dresden Files novels
The ninth Harry Dresden novel is the series riches and most densely plotted to date--and the first in the series I can't recommend to someone coming to the series cold.

Not that this is a bad thing. It's a great thing for readers of the Dresden Files. While Jim Butcher does deliver payoffs and resolutions in his previous eight books, here in "White Night" he steps that up a notch, bringing back old friends and enemies to Harry Dresden's world all while building on several key plotlines from the...more
Duchess Nicole
Classic Dresden files book, so it was good. But this read just like about three or four of his other books...

**Set in Chicago...again
**White Court vamps are evil and the war is ongoing...still
**Bob the pervy skull gets a complete intro and helps out with witty candor...
**Thomas is hungry and Harry is suspicious of him
**Harry STILL doesn't get laid


I'm ready for Butcher to move on to a new subject, a new setting, and to settle the score with all of the above. How many times does Bob need an introd...more
David Sven
Another action packed episode. Murphy asks Dresden to unofficially look into a series of staged suicides. Things go pear shaped from there.

This felt a little “episodic” to me in that there’s not a lot we haven’t seen before. Ghouls and Vampires. Lots of them. There’s plenty of action though and Harry has beefed up a lot of his magical accessories for that bit of extra punch – a regional commander of the Wardens of the White Council needs a bit of extra juice after all – especially in the middle...more
Rob
Executive Summary: This is one of three books from the Dresden Files series I've given 5 stars to, and if you follow my reviews, you know that's something I try not to do lightly. I really enjoy it start to finish.

Audio book: I could just copy paste this section from book to book. James Marsters is great. If you've been reading my previous reviews or listening to this series yourself you know that. Highlights in this book include him actually yelling during one scene and this crazy french accent...more
amireal
A lot of people have called this the best of the series. I think I know why. This is what I call a 'Pay Off' book. Butcher has spent 8 books weaving small details of a larger plot together. Never have I felt unsatisfied by the small bits of information Dresden puts together, but it's nice to have a small pittance of the questions that have come up finally answered.

That's not to say it's not awesome without it, but there's something infinitively satisfying about getting answers, even if they only...more
Manju
Before starting the review of White Night, I would like to tell you how I met Harry. After devouring the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning in 2012, I wanted to read another amazing Urban Fantasy so I requested for some UF recommendations. And first time I met Harry there when I was recommended Dresden Files in response to my request. I read the blurb; saw the cover, length of the series, a male protagonist and instantly dismissed it. It was start of 2013 and had just started reading fantasy boo...more
Grey
The ongoing story of Harry Dresden does not get better in the ninth book. The consistencies in the mechanics and the competence of characters get very iffy here.

But well, it's the world which revolves around Harry. (Is it a trend, like in that Rowling series, to have prima donna protagonists, around which all things move, be named "Harry"?)

Harry will explain how magic makes sense in the Law Of Conservation Of Energy even it violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Harry will touch the good sid...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: it was okay
Characters: Well written
Plot: A lot going on, maybe too much
Page Turner: Eh
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Dresden

SUMMARY
It took me way too long to read this book. I like this series, but I found that too much was going on and the way it was written it was almost hard to follow at times. But alas, the funniest thing ever happened in this book. (view spoiler)...more
Callista
First read 9-16 May, 2010.
Re-read 12-23 October, 2013.

On the first read, this felt a little lightweight at first after the jam-packed-awesomeness of the previous book, and it has even more of the shadowy conspiracy thing going on; but it shaped up delightfully--and kick-butt-violently. Harry is as funny, crafty, brave, stubborn, chivalrous, and vulnerable as ever, and now he's even more powerful! Great use of recurring characters, especially Thomas, Ramirez, Murphy, Marcone, and Elaine. Elaine...more
Sasha Garza
Harry Dresden is one of my favorite heroes. He makes mistakes and he is often confused. Through stubborn persistence he manages to reason his way out of trouble. He reminds me of Indiana Jones.

This is the 9th book in the series. I'm reading these stories too fast. I just can't stop listening to them. Each book blends seamlessly into the next. The characters develop and change. They battle the forces of darkness and learn more about each other's pasts. These experiences shape and change the char...more
Seth
Basically more of the same from Butcher. If you like the series, this one is an enjoyable entry: nice set-piece action, almost no character development (on Harry, that is; his apprentice Molly is growing up quite a bit), and a complex interaction between several people's independent plots for our wizard-cum-P.I. to unravel.

This book focuses a lot of Thomas, Harry's vampire half-brother, as Harry and Thomas try to keep one another alive, use one another to further their own interests, and avoid a...more
Alex Ristea
Anybody else ever feel a similarity between the Dresden Files and Mass Effect?

Jim Butcher has done a near-perfect job of creating an ensemble cast, with few throwaway characters. They all have their quirks and unique perspectives—they come to life on the page. It's as if each novel you step off your ship and have to pick which teammates will join you.

Will this adventure feature Michael? Karrin? Bob the Skull? Mister? Mouse? Kincaid? Butters?

To those who would call this formulaic, I say "So bah!...more
Chris
White Night is an acceptable installment of the Dresden Files. Some plot threads are tied up, some are advanced and a few new ones are introduced. The humor is always intact. It would be true to say that certain plot threads and their endings are quite obvious, but others are less so. Sadly, I still found Molly to be simply annoying.

I think, however, my reaction to this book is based on something that I’ve slowly picked up on over the course of the series.
Harry is surrounded by beautiful women...more
Patrick
My friend Julie has the wonderful habit of previewing podcasts and reviewing books by summarizing them in telegraphic style, leading with the prepositions you'd hear if you walked in on her in mid-summary.

It's a useful device that I'm going to borrow for "White Night," because this is a novel in which Jim Butcher gives us not only combat magic and life lessons, but also political intrigue, new insights into most of the characters in the Dresden Files series, and -- importantly -- a subtle, sati...more
Lee
What did I think? I need to find new ways of describing my surprise at this series. Each book I say is a new level, yet the following book seems to increase in quality. It is hard to compare book one to how different the writing style is now. The characters, the story arcs, the monsters, the sub plots, the passion and intensity. It is just all so different now.
The early books were very basic monster detective stories, what we have now is a complex story with many many possibilities. What we hav...more
Dawn
Dresden just gets better and better.. I loved this one. If Butcher keeps up with this every book is better than the last trend, my head may just explode by the end.

I was really into the story all throughout, but I have to say that my favorite part, yet again, turned out to be the epilogue type chapter after the big mystery is solved and the fight is over. (view spoiler)...more
Suz
They were right, these just keep getting better.

The flashback played with my head a bit but I stuck with it and Butcher pulled it all together beautifully. I sometimes find myself wondering if I've missed part of the backstory because I haven't read any of the short stories and I got that sensation several times with this book. Even so, the story was exciting and multi layered. At the beginning of the book I kept wondering how it was ultimately going to work out with Lash, and I thought Butcher...more
Lightreads
Ninth Dresden Files book (click author link for the first eight) in which Harry begins investigating the deaths of a number of local small-time magical practitioners and, say it ain’t so!, ends up in the middle of a massive vampire power struggle with wide-ranging implications for the continuing war.

I’m almost tempted to re-skim Storm Front, the first book in the series, just for the purpose of enjoying how much Butcher’s talent has grown. His writing is smoother (if not, you know, particularly...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I don't know why I bother reviewing these anymore. They are almost always 5 stars for me. When I read one, I can't put it down. The plots are great, I love the characters, the action is exciting. The books always culminate in an amazing showdown that is seat-of-your-pants gripping. (I don't even know if that last clause works but I like it so I'm keeping it.)

I love Harry. I know a lot of you don't (though really, don't listen to the audiobooks, I hear the narrator is annoying) but I do. I actua...more
Sandi
After a disappointing experience with Proven Guilty, I'm delighted to say that White Night brings back the elements that made the previous Dresden Files novels so enjoyable. There's a good mystery with lots of wrong turns that ends climatically with a lot of explosions. I especially like how this novel explored the differences in the types of magic that that wizards in Harry's world are good at. Harry, Molly, Elaine, and Ramirez all have very different styles of magic and have to use their stren...more
Xara Niouraki
My favourite Dresden book so far.

The plot moves forward and we get to learn a lot of things. The action scenes were well written and I enjoyed them a lot. Butcher is a genius when it comes to black humour and killer lines and I always laugh when I read his books. I also like the way characters evolve and complex relationships form.

A highly recommended series.
Terry Simpson
I'll keep this simple. This is a great addition to the series. If you know Dresden then it continues much of the same. Great dialogue, awesome insight, witty banter and a way of writing that makes you feel a part of the man. You become attached to Harry's plight and his issues. At times when he speaks on aspects of the human condition, I found that I could relate. Example at one point when he's speaking about love, life and pain, I felt that pain. The plot twists and turns and is so well laid ou...more
Becky
Another exciting addition to the series, and my oh my aren't things getting dicey! I love this world, and I love Harry and I 'specially love Thomas and Mouse.

I love how intricately plotted these books are, and I immensely enjoy them. I don't really have much more to say than that.

Oh, except YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE TOE-MOSS. He make you silky-smooth and maybe make sticky with you. Maybe. ;)
Clay
I really can’t explain how he does it but, book after book, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series just keeps getting better and better. Each and every time I finish one, I keep expecting the next one to break his winning streak. As of yet (9 books in), he’s still going strong – and getting stronger with each book. I used to read reviews where readers would make the outrageous claim that The Dresden Files was, hands down, their favorite series ever. I used to think, “Gee, that poor goofball need...more
Bethany
One of the best so far. The writing has improved a great deal from book 1 to here. I am totally enamored with this crazy, rebellious, do-good wizard!
David Sarkies
Sep 05, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like this sort of stuff
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: fantasy
Another case in the life of Harry Dresden
1 May 2014

Some have suggested that maybe Butcher's first venture into the world of the science-fiction/fantasy novelist is original but as I began to read his ninth Harry Dresden book I suddenly realised that he is not actually writing anything new. While the world of Harry Dresden may be Jim Butcher's own, the concept and the setting itself is no. In fact urban fantasy has been around for quite a while, with one of the most familiar being this:

Vampire: The Masquerade

though th...more
Wendi
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Katy
Feb 24, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy

My Thoughts: Shit is really hitting the fan now, Dresden followers. The war is heating up, the vampires are attacking and killing children, and someone is tracking down and murdering women who are magic-users, while making it look like suicide. Darkness... and Harry is, as always, right in the middle of it.

However, you can’t go wrong with a little Bohemia Polka, which Butters has playing upon his first appe...more
The Flooze
As with most Dresden novels, this is an action-packed, hectic story with plot threads galore.

I must admit it's been a long time since Harry and I had a sit-down. I was in desperate need of a refresher before this one, since I suspected many cameos from older characters. I wasn't wrong.

White Night builds on the previous novels, reintroducing enemies and allies both. So many reappearances make sense in light of the closed supernatural community, as well as the growing notion of conspiracies withi...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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