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(The Dresden Files #12)

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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Roc
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Michele Israel Harper As I understand it, the cover artist put a hat on Harry Dresden, even though he never wore one in the first book (or in any other). Jim Butcher refuse…moreAs I understand it, the cover artist put a hat on Harry Dresden, even though he never wore one in the first book (or in any other). Jim Butcher refused to write in a hat for Harry, and the cover artist refused to take one off of him! Lol! That’s the rumor I’ve heard, anyway. Anyone feel free to correct me! :) That makes any hat reference in the series absolutely hilarious to me.(less)
Aaron Tidball I believe this book is the first one where I would say absolutely no. Changes relies on relationships and serial storylines going back through the ent…moreI believe this book is the first one where I would say absolutely no. Changes relies on relationships and serial storylines going back through the entire series. Most of the earlier books, while more enjoyable in context to the previous, can still be enjoyed stand-alone. This one wouldn't work at all without the history.(less)

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Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Changes was insane, a true Game-Changer for the series.

If you’ve been paying attention to the title of each volume in The Dresden Files series, you’ll notice that every one of them is made up of two words. There’s, however, an exception for one title, it’s this book. Changes, the twelfth installment in The Dresden Files has often been praised as the best book in the series. I still have Ghost Story, Cold Days, Skin Game, and Peace Talks (yay!) to go through, but for now, I’m inclined to agree w
Dana Stabenow
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Em Lost In Books
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 2010-19, 2014
Reread. Nothing has Changed. I am head over heels in love with this book.
Enjoyable. Reads like an action film meets PI meets urban fantasy. Still getting beat up, only this time, his bouncing back means making some questionable choices. Still a sucker for the women in his life; thankfully the people around him are able to point out his misconceptions. It's less annoying than in the first books, when it was obvious to everyone, including Dresden, that he was being manipulated, but he was "unable to help it" and would lead him into disasterous situations. This time his ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, full disclosure I love the Dresden books. If you have read my reviews of them you know this. This one is no exception and is possibly the best so far.

I can't say much about the book's storyline without spoilers, but there are parts of the story...threads if you will, that have been running through the other volumes more or less underneath other "Main story lines". (These books can really make you rethink the concept of a "fairy godmother" for instance) A lot of these come to culmination h
J.L.   Sutton
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Changes (The Dresden Files #12), Jim Butcher provides strong motivation and plenty of fast-paced action on the way to a satisfying vampire and magic-filled conclusion! Harry Dresden, against all odds, must rescue a daughter he never knew existed from enemies at the Red Court. The personae of Dresden as professional investigator/wizard for hire in Chicago (now yanked out of his usual routine by events beyond his control) has a lot to recommend it. He's not just taking on a case here. He's figh ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Holy F- balls, this book just made my all-time favorites list.

My heart? Through the ringer. My nerves? Shot. My mind? Blown.

This was me through the entire beautiful, horrible, intense, emotional, perfectly narrated audiobook:

Twists and turns like never before. Get ready for the ride of your life.

And that cliffhanger ending... just gut me now.

Mike's Book Reviews
Full Video Review Here: https://youtu.be/vC5czvBoCRE

What can be said about Changes that you haven't already heard by any Dresden Fan out there? I mean, they can't help but tell anyone starting this series that they're going to have their socks knocked off by Changes. Well, I guess what I can say is, they were right.

Dead Beat and Summer Knight were books highly hyped by the same fans of the series and while I thought they were good books (let's be real; ALL Dresden books have been good) they were
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, urban-fantasy
That was amazing, the best yet. Changes was absolutely the right name for this book. Non stop action from beginning to end. Everything, I mean absolutely EVERYTHING got changed up in this book.
I can't imagine how the next book is going to look
This volume also makes me realise how far Harry Dresden has come as a wizard since we first met him. If I had the time I'd even be tempted to go back and re read the whole series up to now.
This is one of the best urban fantasy series out there.
TS Chan
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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That was insane and incredible. Butcher wasn't kidding when he titled the book "Changes". Very bold move in the development of the characters, especially for Harry and I loved it. I thought the previous book was emotional.. this one legit made me cry. Best of the series yet and my first full 5-stars.
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
In the space of a phone call, Harry Dresden learns he has a daughter with Susan Rodriguez and that she's been kidnapped by the Red Court of vampires. The vampires are setting up a bloodline curse that will kill the child and everyone related to her. Meanwhile, the White Council of wizards seems to be buddying up with the Red Court to put an end to the war between the wizards and the vampires. Can Harry save his daughter and stop the bloodline curse?

I have mixed feelings about this one.
Pros: As u
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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DAMN! By far the best Dresden book in the series so far. Not sure how Butcher can outdo this one. I feel emotionally drained! This book will be in the running for my favorite book of the year no doubt! Full RTC!

"There're things we keep hidden from one another. Things we hide from ourselves. Things that are kept hidden from us. And things no one knows. You always learn the damnedest things at the worst possible times. Or that's been my experience."

Actual Rating: 5 stars *****
Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Susan is back and she has a big surprise for Harry in this one. If you've read the synopsis then you probably already know what it is, but if you haven't I would recommend not reading it so you don't sp
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dresden
I'm feeling quite happy, fresh from reading Changes. Had I read it faster, I would have given it less than 4 stars. So who knows, if I'd read it slower, maybe I'd have rated it a perfect five. But I feel that though I can't ignore the flaws of Dresden's episodic epics, I realize that for a book that provides so much fun, it's okay for part of it to be mindless. ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Still don't know what I was waitin' for
And my time was runnin' wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I'd got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test

Turn and face the strange”
- David Bowie

“The only constant in life is change”
- Heraclitus

AC/DC guitarist and frontman Angus Young was once asked if his band had put out eleven albums
Apr 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2022
I have been in a terrible book slump. It's not like I don't have the time (much) to read or I am not reading altogether... I am just not interested. And I have been picking up books of different genres and failing at finding them interesting.

I thought that my usual comfort genre should solve this since I cannot read high fantasy now.. so the next best option? UF. About time I read this book.

It started with a BAM. I had to make sure I am reading the correct book and haven't skipped any because d
Heidi The Reader
Changes was, in my opinion, the best of The Dresden Files so far. We have Harry with his usual hang-ups but the problem is more thorny than anything he's faced so far. Susan Rodriguez, an old flame who's been turned into a half-vampire, kept a major secret. Now Harry's enemies know it and they're out for revenge.

... I could feel the emotions that were stirring somewhere deep inside me, gathering power like a storm far out to sea. I couldn't see them. I could only feel their effects, but it was e
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Harry returns in his 12th novel discovering through his old flame that he has a daughter. Along the way he avoids assassination attempts and hostile supernatural creatures in order to save the child. For those who have enjoyed the most recent two books it's more of the same old same old though I find the style diverting from the original first six or so novels. Harry gets into jam after jam and even though they get bigger and bigger it's gotten to the point where it's getting stale. True, the ol ...more
I knew this book was going to hold some big developments in this series just because of the title. Changes. And I wasn't wrong. This 12th book in The Dresden Files series is my favorite so far. Action packed and full of surprises, Changes kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Susan Rodrieguez, Dresden's former girlfriend and now half vampire, comes back into his life, asking for help with a dire situation. Dresden is caught off guard by some of her secrets, now revealed, but rallies
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It's hard to keep reviewing these without pretty much saying the same thing over and over. The game has been stepped up for these last couple books (like 5 at this point), in plot, writing, stakes, everything. This series go from a fun popcorn series at first to some of my favorite books of all time pos

Yup. That about sums it up. Holy craptoid this book was intense. I know that I said that I found Turn Coat to be predictable, but Changes was anything but. It started off with a Whopper and then added jalapenos and Sriracha and some pickled habaneros and holy shit is this going to be regrettable later. I never knew where this was going to go next, and each time another explosive ingredient was added, my intestines clenched.

And on top of that, this book was surprisingly emotional as well. EVERYTH
Rough book for Harry. Rough end for me. Seriously, I am crying. At a Dresden book. The climax of the story tore me to pieces!
Wee Lassie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book, good character growth - but I'd be lying if I said it was my favourite Dresden Files book. ...more
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I'll say it again, WOW!! Book 12 of the Dresden Files is the best one yet. I don't even know what I can say without giving it away. READ THIS BOOK!!!!

Okay, time to try to write an actual review. Warning!!!! May contain spoilers.

Harry gets a call from his old girlfriend Susan Rodriguez. "They've taken our little girl." Harry pauses for 5 seconds and then, "Um, what?"

For those who've read about Harry in the past you know this hit him like a nuclear explosion. He's an orphan. He has def
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
David Bowie

I merely put this in my review as I couldn't pick this book up without singing this classic song in my head and some of the lyrics are mildly relevant I suppose.

This isn't a review and more ramblings as I can't work out my feelings on this one.

I found this one difficult to rate to be honest, so much happens in this one but I just didn't get totally invested in the story. I think I like t
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Changes is book twelve in The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

To start; the title, CHANGES, tells you what this book is about. So many unexpected changes, surprises, shocks, and twists happen that the reader is wondering what is next. Butcher continues to deliver. It’s an action-paced emotionally charged read.

Things in The Dresden world are about to change for everyone. All the races and factions will see change. No one is safe from all the consequences and actions that take place, not even
Wanda Pedersen
Jim Butcher must sit up nights thinking up ways to make Harry Dresden’s life miserable! Just when you think that his life can’t get any more complicated, Butcher dreams up worse things for him to deal with.

Susan Rodriguez returns to mess with Harry’s reality—and inform him that he’s a father and his little girl is in tremendous danger from the Red Court vampires. Harry has spent the last 11 books gathering friends, allies, and frenemies. He has to call on all of them, all his talents, all his an
Sarah  Aubert
Jan 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a choice for first read of 2022. It isn't often that a book that has been so incredibly hyped manages to live up to its reputation. I, like many newcomers to Dresden, have heard "just wait until you get to Changes more times than I can count. Enough times, in fact, that I didn't think there was any way for this book to deliver on those promises.

I love being wrong.

Changes is the culmination of so much meticulous plotting and serves as a catalyst for major upheaval in the Dresden universe.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka."

I need vodka for this review! I mean, I wanted some shake-up in this world but What-The-F*ck???? Jim Butcher??? It's like he decided to just burn the whole house down just for the hell of it.

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there may be casualties, but I'm willing to let others pay that price...

I mean, sure, it was fun! When isn't it fun to watch things burn? Who doesn't like to throw things from a tall building just to see the
3.5 stars

As the title implies, this is a pivotal book in the Dresden Files. Everything is deadlier, bigger, more serious, more urgent. I really appreciate Butcher letting his inner nerd come out more here with plenty of references to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and other fandoms. So there’s some good humor to counteract the darkness.


This is the first Dresden book that isn’t two words. There are changes for all the characters. In the opening scene, Susan
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