Another fabulous edition to the Dresden Files. This one seemed to be very fast paced but still exciting as a whole. I'm not going to bother recapping the rest of the series as there are simply too many books for that. There's only one important thing really; Harry Dresden is a wizard.
As a Warden for the White Council of wizards and longtime PI in Chicago, Harry makes it his business to protect people. This time, someone is hitting close to home. A rash of suicides isn't all it appears to be. Someone is out killing the weaker magical community in Chicago, and its especially targeting women. When Harry is called in to look at one of these suicides he discovers a message, meant for him. Someone is trying to draw him in and its working, he can't leave innocents to die. The worse thing about these suicides is that they appear genuine; he won't be able to get any help from local law enforcement.
As he explores the case further, he discovers that his brother Thomas is involved. Not only him, but others of the White Vampire Court which makes things a little more difficult. Between dealing with his brother and his hard-headed apprentice, Harry's having a hard time looking out for everyone. Like in most of the books in this series, someone is trying to kill him and has a personal vendetta that is making him watch his back. He just can't figure out who it would be. One thing is for certain though, he has to find the killer of the women before its too late and expose them for who they are before more women die.
Harry was simply awesome in this book. He was tougher, had a wide range of emotions that were more believable, and wasn't as goody-goody as he can get sometimes. Not to mention, I barely remember him saying "Hell's bells" at all. Lasciel, his ever present companion was a good addition as well. Butcher gives her a little bit better of a role in this book and her interactions with Harry are interesting to read. Murphy, Thomas, and the rest of the gang are as good as ever too. Thomas got a great part in this book and it really expanded his character a lot further. Not to give too much away but I especially loved the scene with him at the end of the book, it was hilarious yet touching.
Butcher's writing is descriptive. It is written in the first person with Harry as its narrator. This offers a unique perspective because we get to "experience" being a wizard without it being strange or hard to handle. Since Harry is experienced in magic, we the reader are as well through him. Its written very naturally. The plot in this book was great. There was a lot of action, some mystery and intrigue, and the pacing was perfect. I truly enjoyed reading this one.
I'll be continuing on with the next in the series although I'm starting to run out. Its just hard to stop reading these at a voracious pace because they do get better and better each time. On to the next!
Review by M. Reynard 2010