Harry has been though so much crap since book 1, and yet he just keeps fighting. He's had his hand burned to a crisp, his girlfriend Susan was partial...moreHarry has been though so much crap since book 1, and yet he just keeps fighting. He's had his hand burned to a crisp, his girlfriend Susan was partially turned into a vampire (and as much as she's fighting the change, it seems like its rather killed their chance at happiness together), and now he has the fallen angel Lasciel inside his mind.
Now Harry is being blackmailed by Mavra, a particularly nasty black court vampire, who threatens to release pictures of Murphy killing humans (they were mindless vampire slaves, but that won't matter, it'll still ruin her). And all Mavra wants Harry to do is get hold of the legendary book of Kemmler - pretty much the definitive black magic book for necromancers. And it just so happens that theres a bunch of necromancers in town that want the book for themselves.
All that Harry has suffered lately.. has changed him somewhat, not that he was ever naive or innocent in the first place, but now he's certainly a bit darker, and he knows it. It's a scary thing to think that while Harry continues to fight on the side of good, every time he fights the bad guys he has to dirty himself a little bit more to defeat them. And it breaks my heart a little bit every time he has to make such a hard choice, it really does. Thats the mark of a great character I guess.
At least Harry has friends on his side, Michael and Murphy are just the best. And now Harry has Mouse the dog and his brother Thomas. Even Butters the Medical Examiner gets a good role as sidekick in this episode - in what is arguably the greatest, most awesome 'holy shit' moment in the whole book! And I suppose even Morgan isn't all bad.. sometimes.
With book 7 this is getting to the stage where most novel series start do go downhill, not so with The Dresden Files, it really does just get better. More heartbreaking, but better. And as long as Jim Butcher keeps writing, I will keep reading.
See my other reviews of The Dresden Files: ← #6 Blood Rites | #8 Proven Guilty (review coming soon!)(less)
One of the best opening scenes for a Dresden novel yet, Dresden is fleeing for his life, carrying a box of puppies, and being chased by purple monkey...moreOne of the best opening scenes for a Dresden novel yet, Dresden is fleeing for his life, carrying a box of puppies, and being chased by purple monkey demons that fling flaming poo. Awesome. Just awesome.
Then Thomas, Harry's white court vampire friend, persuades Harry to take on a job as a favour to him. Arturo Genosa is a producer of x-rated movies, and women around him are being killed off by an entropy curse. So Harry has to protect the women, whilst trying to find the actual perpetrator, and he gets to work undercover on a porn movie set while he's doing it! He also gets much more involved in vampire politics, and white court politics in particular thanks to Thomas, and uncovers a very HUGE secret.
Perhaps I'm easily amused but the book opening was probably the most memorable part for me. And funny really cos I actually hate monkeys, and this just proved that monkeys are Bad of course.
I've recently watched the entirety of the Dresden Files tv series (it really didn't last long did it), and I did actually love it, although it was different to the books. But now it's confusing my mental picture of Harry, I really liked the tv characterisation, so I'm trying to see Harry that way, but it's not working because his 'voice' in the books seems a little too young to me now. But then I can't really blame the book for that, because the series came after.
The one point where the book did actually let me down, was near the ending, things got very convoluted in the magical explanations that Harry was coming out with, and my brain just couldn't keep up with it all. I ended up not sure what the problem was, or who was in danger. I thought about going back and re-reading, but in the end I just carried on, which made the resolution a bit anti-climatic, because I didn't know what was going on in the first place.. Ohwell we can still say it's my fault and not the books fault, because I was probably just not paying enough attention.
I still love the Dresden books, and I can't wait to see what next with the black court, the white court, Thomas, and most of all the lovely new addition to the Harry team.
The 5th installment starts with Harry on a talk show, (trying to hold back his powers so he doesn't blow up the tv equipment). And then it turns out h...moreThe 5th installment starts with Harry on a talk show, (trying to hold back his powers so he doesn't blow up the tv equipment). And then it turns out his fellow guests on the show are all here just to see him for one reason or another, and it's not to get his autograph or anything.
A red court vampire wants to challenge Harry to a duel. A catholic priest wants Harry to hunt down some theives that stole the turin shroud. His girlfiend susan reappears, with a new guy, and it's not clear how well she's coping with the blood lust, but their feelings for eachother aren't helping on that front. And then someone sets Demon assassins on Harry.
But Harry does have help on some fronts, Michael the knight is still there, and we get introduced to some other holy knights which prove to be very interesting characters. They'd rather Harry get out of town, but Harry won't leave anyone else to fight his battles, he's just that kind of guy.
This was another really really exciting novel. Yet again Harry is in definate near-death peril several times. And I was thinking to myself 'but how the f is he getting out of this one??'. I never do manage to guess it before it happens, always a great twist and turn, and Harry pulls some new trick. And I'm so glad that Harry actually has people standing by him in this one, I get fed up of seeing him beaten down by everyone, but there was some real good friendship building, and yes some of it might have made me shed a tear or two.
Once again I can't wait to get into the next book!
Harry has had a rough time of it lately, he hasn't seen his gf-turned-almost-vampire in a while, and he blames himself of course. He hasn't been worki...moreHarry has had a rough time of it lately, he hasn't seen his gf-turned-almost-vampire in a while, and he blames himself of course. He hasn't been working, he barely eats, he's broke, and he certainly hasn't washed. So when werewolf friend Billy books him an appointment with a client he really needs to take it. Even when it turns out it's the Winter Queen of fairy, and she wants a murder and theft investigated. It seems good and simple but you know theres going to be a catch.. poor Harry.
I actually quite like fairy fantasy when its done well, and I thought this one was. The fairy aren't all fun and games, they're mostly cruel and selfish, and don't really have a care for mortals apart from how they can use them. And they also happen to be very attractive! My favourite fae probably had to be the Winter Lady, I loved her multicoloured hair, and I liked that she was a little bit crazy. I also like that Harry notices womens breasts, if I'm going to be looking through the protagonists eyes, I always want it to be someone like Harry. Go Harry!
The city has been plagued by an unusual amount of violent ghost activity, and Harry along with his friend Michael (a new character to the series) have...moreThe city has been plagued by an unusual amount of violent ghost activity, and Harry along with his friend Michael (a new character to the series) have been doing their best to exorcise the spirits. It soon becomes clear that the ghosts have been incited by someone with evil intentions, and then theres even worse than that in store, A girl with visions of the future (not good visions), Possessions, and an invite to a vampire ball that Harry would be very wise not to attend.
At first I was somewhat confused, as the book begins by introducing a new character, Michael, but as Harry already had a long aquantence with him, I was left wondering if I had missed a book out as I had no clue who this new guy was! It was a bewildering way to introduce a new character, but once I got past that I really loved Michael's character. I always love it when faith plays a tangible role in magic and fighting evil. So a holy knight was just a brilliant addition. The mechanics of the magical/holy interaction were done really well, it completely made up for every episode of buffy or supernatural where a demon/vampire walks on consecrated ground without blinking, haha.
I also loved the portrayal of vampires in this one, we got a little glimpse into the true form of vampires with Bianca in the first one, but here they take a much bigger role. I like my fantasy to have a little bit of horror with its glamour!
After reading Storm Front, I went almost directly onto reading Fool Moon. I'm glad I did. Although I did really like Storm Front, I think that Fool Mo...moreAfter reading Storm Front, I went almost directly onto reading Fool Moon. I'm glad I did. Although I did really like Storm Front, I think that Fool Moon was actually better; a bit of a step up.
This installment has Harry involved in hepling Murphy and the Police dept to track down the culprits of some werewolf style killings. And interestingly enough, it turns out things are more complicated than it seems, there are more than one type of werewolf to consider! And yet again the local Mafia leader, Marcone, is attempting to get Harry onto his own side and under his thumb.
What I liked most about Fool Moon was the total sense of danger. Harry gets in real big trouble more than once, and despite him being the POV of the book (he's not going to die right), I actually was in fear for his life several times. But he always finds some hidden untapped depths to his magic, or even just sheer mortal unwillingness to give up.
The side characters also seem more developed in this book, Murphy especially became more real and solid, I like her character a lot. I hope she and Susan are both developed more in the next book.