Connor Grey used to be this hotshot druid investigator, working for the Guild, who only cared about climbing up the ladder but now, ever since he lost...moreConnor Grey used to be this hotshot druid investigator, working for the Guild, who only cared about climbing up the ladder but now, ever since he lost almost all of his powers in a run-in-gone-wrong with a radical environmentalist elf, he's a consultant to the Boston P.D. and he's been dumped by the Guild and all his so-called friends, except for two: Briallen, the druid that taught him everything, and Stinkwort (he only goes by Joe), a flit (imagine a pixie).
Detective Murdock, a pure human, is Grey's partner and brings Grey in on a new case. One where the victims are all fairy prostitutes and each murder has been occuring on a Tuesday, earning the serial killer the name, The Tuesday Killer, by the newspapers.
So, it's your typical urban fantasy plot with the omg-shock about halfway through that this is no regular case and it's more like a save-the-world kind of deal. And, unfortunately, I really felt the typical-ness of it. It never felt like action that jumps out of the pages or twists or surprises that make you gasp with shock. For me, it was actually pretty slow.
Now, I think I have an answer for this: Grey wasn't cool. I so badly wanted to see some awesome druid abilities. This is the first time I've actually read about a druid and I was expecting a bit-and-a-lot more. My idea of a druid practically revolves around the druids from World of Warcraft, the MMORPG (Massively-Multiplayer-O-something-Role-Playing-Game) that I played much of my life, it seems. Now, I know that might be a big stretch for what a druid really is but I wanted to see something, damn it.
At the verrrrry end we get to see him use a couple of the abilities he'd lost. I'm hoping we get to see much more of that in Unquiet Dreams.
Unshapely Things was more about Grey becoming the person he wants to be. The one who just waits for lightning to strike and for him to magically get his powers back or the one who goes out looking for the lightning. Also, it was about him changing from the hotshot attitude of being better than everyone else to one more caring. He understands now what kind of people exist on top now that he's been reduced to the bottom leagues.
The Connor Grey Series definitely has potential and I'm not ready to give up on it yet so we'll see which way it ends up going.(less)
I only got through four chapters. I really wanted to like it because I'd been recommended it because I liked the Dresden Series. I'd hoped it would ta...moreI only got through four chapters. I really wanted to like it because I'd been recommended it because I liked the Dresden Series. I'd hoped it would take the edge off while I waited for Cold Days to come out and I'm getting tired of only reading books with female POVs. Over and over again. Gah. I do like a little bit of change.
But then I was greeted with a mish-mash of things. I trudged on because I thought "okay, this only the introduction, I just have to get through this first stage." But it was just too much though. There were sex robots, golden armor that was just a get-out-of-jail-free card, a pregnant men, demon dogs, gadgets that could do anything it seemed, elves, fairies, ghosts, demons riding people's back (little creepy to say the least) and possessing people (one person was possessed by a 1001 demons at the same time), aliens (uh, okay), a holy-water sprinkler system, a bad luck tattoo that had to be flayed off the skin, a woman suffering from lack of gravity, a hand that was trying to grow a body (what the f***?), a needle gun that shot holy water, different time dimensions (a demon war in another dimension), hellgates and such, a person who just killed himself with a poison tooth out of nowhere, a sort of soul-jumper who switched bodies more often than you could count, a man who collects plagues and threatens to cause an epidemic unless he's paid off in rare postage stamps (what?), mercenaries, "Old ones" (like gods?), Hydes (people who use Dr. Jekyll's formula), and names like Silicon Lily, Charlatan Joe, Janissary Jane, Blue Fairy, Indigo Spirit, and Shaman Bond (the main character, though his real name is Eddie Drood).
I actually listed more than I had first thought there really was. Man.
My mind wanted to catagorize it sci-fi, then fantasy, then medieval, then dark and gritty, then comedy. I don't know, I guess all of it and Eddie's tone is supposed to be funny but it seemed tacky and out of place.
The fighting was crap. His armor and gadgets made everything too simple. He could turn invisible, had extra strength and such, could create doors anywhere (just stick it on a wall and you can walk through to the other side of it), could unlock any door, bullets and punches would bounce off, he could See everything that was supernatural or disguised to the rest of the world, and there's probably more.
Then there's his real secret family who protect the world from everything that goes bump in the night. He gets missions and then reports in to them when the job is done.
You know what it kind of reminds me of?
Christopher Moore's work. However, his was more just-plain-funny and simple in its ridiculousness. It didn't try to be all these things at once. And, it excells in what it does do.
So...The Man With the Golden Torc goes in my couldn't finish shelf. *sigh*(less)
**spoiler alert** Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in...more**spoiler alert** Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the yellow pages, has been and down-and-out in Chicago. He can’t pay his rent, he’s alienating his friends, and he hasn’t taken a shower in forever all because he has to find the cure for vampirism or half-vampirism. He’s desperate to find an answer. He doesn’t go out to his office anymore. And the Red Court vampires try to kill him every chance they get because there’s war between the wizards (the White Council) and the vampires.
Billy and the Alphas (the werewolf pack) are worried about him. Acting as secretary, Billy sets up an appointment for him with a client at his office. Harry, reluctantly, goes to the appointment and meets the Winter Queen of Faerie. Queen Mab has an offer Harry can’t refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him. All he has to do is fulfill three requests of Queen Mab. His first objective is to find out who murdered the Summer Queen’s right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen’s name. Little does he know that this quest doesn’t just affect the land of Faerie but everyone because when the Winter Queen and Summer Queen disagree on something there are ripple-effects on the whole world.
Harry Dresden Elaine, Harry’s first love and fellow wizard, comes back into Harry’s life to put an undoubtedly painful twist to the story and manipulate Harry while he tries to save the fucking world.
Billy and the Alphas
Lieutenant Karrin Murphy (Murph) is the head of Chicago PD’s Special Investigations team. SI deals with all the weird, unexplainable crimes. SI also makes sure the paperwork has no mention of “preposterous fantasies” that could not possibly exist. In the last book, Murph was attacked by a nightmare (really bad ghost) that made himself look like Harry to infiltrate the Chicago PD. The nightmare attacked Murph and now in Summer Knight, Murph is experiencing night terrors. She has to drink and take valium pills just to get some sleep. She’s always been strong and confident. Now as she continues to learn about all the supernatural, horrible things in the world and how some things you just can’t control or defend against, it’s slowly breaking her down. And she’s no wimp, especially for looking like a 5-ft blonde cheerleader. Even with all this inner turmoil, she’s adamant about protecting her city and refuses to step down and let Harry handle things on his own. She wants to know if something is attacking her city. She’s always wanted to know about the inner workings of the supernatural world, but Harry refused to tell her because it’s against their simple laws. However, through this book, Harry finally decides to tell her everything and not keep any secrets from her anymore so that she can at least have the knowledge to defend herself with. This, of course, greatly helps their relationship as friends. Murph consequently trusts him more. In another book, she’d arrested him because he hadn’t told her anything and ended up being connected to a murder even though she’s known him for years and had his invaluable help in cases. But Summer Knight finally takes the step in their relationship where I don’t expect to see any more problems in their relationship until they get to the point where they either become a couple or not.
The Winter Queen of the Unseelie Faeries (bad faeries) or Queen Mab
Bob the Skull
Murph and Harry are talking in a store and then all of a sudden a mist rolls in and causes everyone to pass out when it reaches them. Harry gets a defense against this for himself and Murph. A ghoul assassin, an ogre, and a chlorofiend or plant monster attack them. The ghoul assassin was hired by a guy who’d made a deal with the vampires to kill Harry for protection against an enemy. The chlorofiend and ogre were working for the Winter Lady (Winter Princess). Murph hurts her leg. The Blue Beetle (Harry’s famous Volkswagen) gets mashed up a bit. They hurt the ogre enough to send him running and Murph saws the chlorofiend to little bits. The chlorofiend almost got Harry, even after he cut it in half.
Conflict between Winter and Summer has brought the two sides to war. Almost every able faerie has picked a side to fight on. Harry, Billy and the Alphas, and a couple faerie kids set out to stop Aurora (the Summer Lady) who killed the Summer Knight and gathered his power and redirected it to a changeling girl whom she then turned to stone. This caused the two sides to have unequal power and imbalance. Aurora wants this imbalance to send the world into chaos, because war between Winter and Summer creates natural disasters in the real world. It would eventually lead to something like another ice age. During the war, Aurora will take the changeling girl to a magical stone table, release her from her imprisonment and kill her on the table to cause the Summer Knight’s power to flow into someone from Winter, permanently destroying the balance of power. Harry and his allies battle against Aurora’s lackeys and Summer’s men to get to her. Harry finally reaches her and kills her with the help of his pixy friends, which had been hidden in a valise. The changeling girl ends up keeping the Summer Knight’s power and gaining Aurora’s power when she died because she was the closest Summer faerie near her. She becomes the new Summer Lady. (less)
**spoiler alert** Business is good for a change. But maybe it’s a little too much for Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard.
One...more**spoiler alert** Business is good for a change. But maybe it’s a little too much for Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard.
One, he has to duel with the Red Court of Vampires’ champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards. Duke Paolo Ortega is a “dedicated, honorable, courageous, self-sacrificial loony…”, but not as fair as Harry might think.
Two, professional hit men are using Harry for target practice.
Three, Father Vincent has hired Harry to find the missing Shroud of Turin, “supposedly the burial cloth used by Joseph of Aramithea to wrap the body of Christ after the Crucifixion,” and most likely a very powerful magic artifact, see, because when complete belief or faith in something can give it powers. Some otherworld creatures also seem to want the Shroud and Father Vincent is all that he seems to be, as Harry soon learns.
Four, Murph brings Harry in on a case with a handless, headless, slashed, ground up, and plagued with every disease (even smallpox) corpse.
Five, Susan, Harry’s half-vampire ex-girlfriend, returns. Dun, dun, dun. I can just see Butcher thinking, “Elaine…check. Susan …check.” He’s tying off all the loose ends.
Oh and six, a lot of Harry’s friends seem to be saying to get out of the business, out of town, or stay home before he gets himself killed or worse.
This one’s going to leave a mark for sure.
Lieutenant Karrin Murphy (Murph) is getting better. Now, when Harry says, “It’s confidential,” she’s doesn’t go all “confidential, my ass!” No, she looks at him and says, “All right. Are you holding back anything that might get someone hurt?” and “You know what you’re doing.” And then Harry gives in because Murph trusting him is something he is isn’t used to and guilt hits him. :) Murph doesn’t get much face time in Death Masks. Damn shame, but Susan has to get out of the way first, before they move forward in their relationship.
I inevitably gave in to Susan and liked her in book #2, but in Death Masks, I was like, “Finally! Took long enough for their relationship to end.” I think Butcher did a real good job on creating a strong relationship where the couple loves each other, but in the end can’t be together. And he couldn’t make their love perfect because that’s always saved for the one that protagonist will end up with. With a lot of other books I think they don’t make the previous relationships good enough and they end up feeling just like obstacles the protagonist had to overcome and learn from to finally reach their “soul-mates.” Susan and Harry’s love was one in where she always wanted her to come first in his mind, that he would rather want to be with her than save some people’s lives, one where he doesn’t speak his feelings much and doesn’t tell her he loves her till it’s too late, and one where she put her job before everything else and deep down wanted information from him the most no matter the cost. It always made me suspicious of her. Harry held back for a long time, but she’s a relentless seductress/reporter. Susan has changed now that she’s actually part of the supernatural world that she always reported on. She sees things more Harry’s way and understands him better. She’s going to stay off blood because if she doesn’t then she’ll be a full-vampire and she’s joined a sort of Alcoholics Anonymous…but for blood. She wants to use her newfound powers to help people and she’s come to say goodbye to Harry for the last time.
Waldo Butters, a medical examiner, is the one put on the plagued-corpse. Once, he put in a report that the remains from a crime scene were humanoid, but not human. He ended up going to the loony house for three months. He was almost fired, but instead lost his credit, reputation, and he gets stuck with all the cases that no one else wants. Butters isn’t one to lie. He’s got some odd eccentrics, but he’s still a very smart medical examiner. “The phone rang and I gave serious thought to blasting it into orbit, where it could hang around with Asteroid Dresden. I stomped back into the living room, picked up the phone, and snarled, ‘What.’ ‘Oh, uh,’ said a somewhat nervous voice on the other end. ‘This is Waldo Butters. I was calling to speak to Harry Dresden.’ I moderated my voice to a mere snarl. ‘Oh. Hey.’ ‘I woke you up, huh?’ ‘Some.’ ‘Yeah, late nights suck. Look, there’s something odd going on and I thought maybe I could ask you something.’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Sullen monosyllabism, a sure sign of sleep deprivation.’ ‘Eh.’ ‘Now descending into formless vocalization. My time is short.’ ‘…Sleep is God. Go worship.’” Long-live Polka! That’s all I’m going to say.
Shira, Sanya, and Michael Carpenter, the three Knights of the Cross with their special swords.
Ivy, the Archive, fulfills the role of the referee in the duel and succeeds at being both creepy and funny. Harry was the one to give her the nickname Ivy. Arch-ivy. “I am the sum of human knowledge, passed down from generation to generation, mother to daughter. Culture, science, philosophy, lore, tradition. I hold the accumulated memories of a thousand generations of mankind. I take in all that is written and spoken. I study. I learn. That is my purpose, to procure and preserve knowledge.” And…she’s a seven-year-old little girl. “’If you know that much,’ I said, ‘if you are that powerful, why did you hire a bodyguard to bring you here?’ ‘My feet don’t reach the pedals.’” Her power was passed from her mother to her during her birth. At the point when you lose the power, you become a vegetable. Ivy is still very human, even though she doesn’t show it much, she does feel emotions. She talked about her mother and she seemed a little wistful of what could’ve been if she had really known her, yea, as the Archive, she knows all about her mother, but not really. All this knowledge that Ivy has has made her older on the inside than she really is on the outside. There is one thing that seems to bring out the child in her though. “Kitty!” She’s very dangerous, definitely more powerful than Harry, and not afraid to kill.
Three Denarians (some kind of fallen angel-demons) attack Harry and Susan while they’re at an art auction to get the Shroud. The leader is named Nicodemus. They fight and Susan and another girl manage to get away in the get-away car. Harry gets pulled back at the last minute and they take him and the Shroud. They torture him and try to turn him over to their side with no luck. Then Shiro comes in to save the day, but has to make a deal with Nicodemus to get Harry free. Shiro gives himself over to Nicodemus, his long-time enemy, for one whole day to do with whatever he wants, and Shiro won’t try to run away. Shiro gives Harry his sword and Harry reluctantly leaves.
In the duel with Ortega, they fight with the weapon of will. Ivy brings a mordite sphere, which is sensitive to applied will. Whoever has the greatest force of will controls the mordite. The duel will end when one has pushed the mordite close enough to the other person to devour him. It all essentially looks, at least in my imagination, like a lot of straining, like they’re having a real hard time going number two. They do trash talk a little. Then Ortega pulls out a gun and somehow Ivy is far enough away that she doesn’t see it. Ortega is willing to kill Harry knowing that Ivy will just kill him afterwards because he cheated. Then a sniper, one of Susan’s friends, who came without Harry’s knowledge shoots Ortega. It only wounds him as he’s a vampire. A bunch of Red Court Vampires burst out to defend Ortega and the real battle begins. Ivy kills some, her “human” bodyguard kills some with surprising reflexes, one of Harry’s allies (a vampire) helps him out, Harry bursts some with his main arsenal: fire, and Susan goes after Ortega only to get taken out pretty fast when he throws her, knocking her out. Ortega gets away. Ivy decides to let Harry go because neither she nor her bodyguard could tell who broke the sanctity of the duel first and it’s past her bedtime anyways.
The day has passed. Harry, Michael, and Sanya go to the airport where they’ll try to stop Nicodemus from infecting the people there and causing a worldwide plague. They find Shiro in the small church area. He lasts long enough to give Harry his sword to give to the next Knight of the Cross and tell them Nicodemus went on a train. They team up with a mob-gangster, Johnny Marcone, on the way over there. Marcone happens to want the Shroud as well. They catch up to Nicodemus and the two other Denarians and they fight him on top of the moving train. Sanya, the newest Knight of the Cross, goes down fast. One of the Denarians uncouple the cars of the train and separates the beaten Sanya from the others. Michael starts on him. They sword-fight for a while, then Nicodemus pulls a gun on him, much like Ortega did and shoots him multiple times. Marcone manages to get the Shroud from him, taking away some of his power, and jumps off the train with it. Harry uses another magical artifact Nicodemus had on to choke him with it. He doesn’t get to kill him though because the other Denarian comes to his rescue. Harry then grabs Michael and jumps off and lands in water. He’s about to drown because he refuses to let go of Michael when Marcone throws the Shroud to him to pull him out. Marcone calls Murphy to come get Harry and Michael and leaves with the Shroud.
Michael happened to be wearing a bulletproof vest and comes out alive. Sanya makes it out fine, as well. Shiro left a letter for Harry that he wrote weeks before, in which we learn that he had terminal cancer. One of Harry’s friends cause an asteroid to fall from space to hit Ortega at his hideout place. Harry tracks down Marcone and finds that he wanted the Shroud to try to heal his daughter, who’s in a coma. Harry decides to let him have it for three days, which is how long Christ was wrapped in it, and then Marcone has to send it back to the Church. Marcone agrees. (less)
**spoiler alert** There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, allian...more**spoiler alert** There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.
Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry's not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, there's a department that's been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with "strange" cases: the Special Investigations department.
Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry's. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it on Halloween - but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time - and six necromancers - to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
Harry Dresden gets to…water Murphy’s plants while she’s off in Hawaii with Kincaid. Apparently they’ve been on a few dates. Harry admits he’s feeling jealous. Actually I don’t think he ever gets to water her plants. What with all the bad guys in town trying to kill him, you know. While she’s on vacation, he also has to take a job from his arch enemy, the vampire who bought him a headstone and grave with the saying, “He died doing the right thing.” Which sounds right. All to protect Murphy. Murphy ends up coming back from her vacations with bruises and a cast on her left arm, but won’t talk about what happened. *Rolls eyes* Bob was with Kemmler when he was alive and has some memories and a part of him that shouldn’t ever be let out. Harry gets The Word of Kemmler on page 327, now to just survive holding it for one second and get it to the vampire. Grevane comes in with his sidekick, “Liver Spots,” someone from Harry’s past. Harry loses The Word of Kemmler. We figure out he’s a Denarian Harry beat up long time ago. Quintus Cassius, former Knight of the Order of the Blackened Denarius or, what Harry calls him, the Snakeboy. Grevane gives Harry to Cassius to exact all the revenge on him as he wants. Harry is left with the one thing he never had much of: faith, faith that someone would come along and save him. Sure enough, his faithful dog, Mouse, and medical examiner, Butters, comes. Harry gets to reanimate and ride a Tyrannosaurus, named Sue, and still call it white magic because it technically isn’t a human being. Yee-haw. Apparently, Tyrannosaurs can really haul ass and don’t corner well. Butters comes along to beat the drum, keeping Sue under Harry’s control. It’s supposed to represent the beating heart. You can use anything, you just need to keep a constant beat. If Butters stops, the reanimated body gains control of themselves and do whatever they want to. Sue ends up chomping on a good load of zombies.
Thomas is dealing with his own crap. We learn exactly how hard it’s been for him with his Hunger, since he doesn’t feed on Justine anymore. It takes a lot just to get him talking about it, but Harry gets it out of him. He helps Harry as much as he can. We find out in book #8 that Thomas couldn’t hold everything together in the end.
Billy and the Alphas help out Harry a bit in Dead Beat. Harry decides to share his big secret with him, that he’s been connected to Lasciel since the time he touched the Denarian coin back when. He confides in them that he’s afraid Lasciel has some sort of control over him that he can’t stop or even tell that’s happening. He can’t turn to the Council, they would execute him, or Michael and the Knights of the Cross because their arch enemy is the Denarians and he doesn’t know how they’ll react to knowing that he’s becoming one. Halfway through the book, Billy informs Harry that people are beginning to be more scared of him than respectful of his power, they’re afraid he might be going crazy and turn to the dark side. Even Billy seems a little scared of him.
Shiela (Lasciel, a Denarian) we meet for the first time on page 70. Damn Shiela, from the beginning I could tell everything she said was just too right to get Harry’s White Knight complex to come out. She knew just how to manipulate him. It was too good. Then we get little hints of something throughout the book. Looking back on those scenes, I see how Butcher skillfully hid everything and gave other explanations and so on. I didn’t know just how scared I should be for Harry until Butcher wanted me to know. Even though Harry takes care of Lasciel eventually and gets some modicum of control in his head, there still leaves the hallucination and dream of his father talking to him. Lasciel is known as the manipulator and temptress. I wonder if she would go to those lengths to slowly manipulate Harry…she probably would. Well, can’t know for sure what that’s all about until later.
Waldo Butters is too funny. Butters even compares Harry to a hockey or football player. He provides an explanation as to why wizards live as long as they do. Harry teaches him how to draw a circle to defend against anything magical and Butters makes me so proud when he actually uses it on the field. Dead Beat is where Butters faces the hard truth and gets fully pulled into the supernatural world. He has a hard time dealing with it and freaks out at the most inopportune times, until Harry says the magic words:
“I forgot my bad leg for a second, crossed the room to Butters, and seized him by the front of his shirt. I hauled up until his heels lifted off of the floor. ‘Listen to me,’ I snarled. ‘We are not going to die.’ Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. ‘We’re not?’ ‘No. And do you know why?’ He shook his head. ‘Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I’m too stubborn to die.’ I hauled on the shirt even harder. ‘And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.’ He blinked. ‘Polka will never die!’ I shouted at him. ‘Say it!’ He swallowed. ‘Polka will never die?’ ‘Again!’ ‘P-p-polka will never die,’ he stammered. I shook him a little. ‘Louder!’ ‘Polka will never die!’ he shrieked. ‘We’re going to make it!’ I shouted. ‘Polka will never die!’ Butters screamed. ‘I can’t believe I’m hearing this,’ Thomas muttered.”
And then like typical Dresden stories, a second later Butters is pulled from a window and Harry hears a scream end abruptly.
Kemmler’s Apprentices want the Word of Kemmler as much as Harry and they all seem to be a bit stronger than Harry. If they ever actually teamed up on him they would’ve killed him but they each wanted the other to lose and out of the competition. Actually a lot of the times it seems like the closest Harry has ever gotten to dying, but now he has friends or at least people who want him alive, so he survives. 41 pages in the book and we see our first encounter with an apprentice, one who seems to like reanimated dead bodies and controlling them like a necromancer. Grevane. He also happens to want Butters, so Harry does what any sane wizard would do, runs off in the Blue Beetle with Butters. As we eventually find out, Grevane has teamed up with “Liver Spots,” someone from Harry’s past come to ruin his day. Page 77 we meet Cowl and Kumori (the nice one) who want Die Lied der Erlking, the book Harry just bought 2 seconds ago. They’re powerful wizards, even stronger than some on the Council. Cowl is the one who actually gets the closest to winning in the end…until Harry whacks his skull in with his staff like a baseball. Page 131 we see Alicia Nelson (Corpsetaker) and Li Xian who are ghouls. Ghouls eat human flesh, any which way. Fortunately at that point they don’t notice Harry and don’t have a reason to bother him, at least for now. Soon, though, they want Die Lied der Erlking as well. Alicia uses mental magic, an area Harry doesn’t have much experience in. It was interesting to see a war of the minds for once. The Corpsetaker can even move his consciousness from one body to another, a real body-switcher.
About halfway through Dead Beat, Harry calls in the Wardens. Captain Anastasia Luccio is the commander of the Wardens. When five Wardens meet up with Harry at Mac’s Bar, there’s a moment of “hell’s bells,” (Harry’s curse word) at least for the readers, when Luccio hands Harry a grey cloak and says, “Put it on, and then every available Warden will be here.” There are usually 200 Wardens. The Wardens are the Wizards’ fighting force. The War with the Red Court Vampires has taken an even harder toll on the Wizards than Harry had comprehended. Harry reluctantly becomes a Warden, a Regional Commander. As a regional commander, Harry is required to do…exactly what he already does. Though, he does have to go to more Council meetings. Warden Donald Morgan has never liked Harry and probably never will, but during Dead Beat, Harry reaches a level of understanding of him. Unfortunately, this doesn’t go both ways and at one point Morgan tries to kill him, even though he had good reasoning for it at least. Harry had shot Captain Luccio on a split-second decision. She had just been walking away from the dying body of the Corpsetaker when Harry thought that the Corpsetaker would switch his subconsciousness to Luccio to survive. He didn’t actually know for sure, but it turns out he was right when Warden Carlos Ramirez soul-gazes the body the Corpsetaker had been in and finds Luccio in there instead with a major wound as well, of course. Ramirez saves Harry just when he’s about to give in and let Morgan kill him to give the Wardens a better chance of defeating the rest of Kemmler’s apprentices. Ramirez has this sort of cheerful attitude in the face of extreme danger and quickly becomes Harry’s friend, as like minds usually do. Ramirez is part of the younger generation, the new recruits to the Wardens. Luccio does recover from her injuries in the end, but is relieved of command as the captain of the Wardens, promoting Morgan. But, you wouldn’t believe it unless you read it, Morgan visits Harry afterwards and says, “I am no longer convinced you do these things out of malice. I think you lack discipline and judgment. You have repeatedly demonstrated your willingness to put yourself in harm’s way to protect others. As much as it galls me to admit it, I don’t you have any evil intentions. I think your questionable actions are the result of arrogance and poor judgment. In the end, it matters little why you do it. But I cannot in good conscience condemn you for it without giving you some sort of chance to prove me wrong.” And, oh happy day, he drops off Harry’s first paycheck for being a Warden.
Like all of the Dresden Files, the plot is action-packed and always has two high points or may I say, climaxes. In Dead Beat, the first one is when Harry deals with the Erlking, the god who leads the Hunt. The second is on Halloween, when the big bang goes down, when all of Kemmler’s apprentices come together to try to get the power from The Word of Kemmler for themselves. The barriers between the mortal world and the spirit world are at their weakest on Halloween, allowing them to wreak more havoc and create negative energy with which they can use to power their black magic. Halloween is also Harry’s birthday. (less)
For Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging fl...moreFor Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey poo, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister entropy curse, but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.
Harry’s doubly frustrated because he got involves with this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas’s oversexed vampire family. Harry’s about to discover that Thomas’s family has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever.
From Thomas' (Harry's half-brother) POV. The illustrations weren't actually that great for me. :( The story was okay, but it was so short and pretty u...moreFrom Thomas' (Harry's half-brother) POV. The illustrations weren't actually that great for me. :( The story was okay, but it was so short and pretty useless. I think if Butcher had taken more time on it he could have easily made a great book because, come on, the whole demon Hunger inside Thomas sounds cool! But the way it was shown in here it just sounded cheesy.(less)