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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
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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…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…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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Dana Stabenow
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Em Lost In Books
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, 2010-19, 5-star
Reread. Nothing has Changed. I am head over heels in love with this book.
carol.
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
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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.



Perfection.
Tammie
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Luffy
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.
Dan Schwent
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
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Juli
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
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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
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Shannon
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
Becky


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
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Emma
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, magic
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.
Richard
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
7/10

Ch-ch-changes
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 the
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Kevin
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!!!!

4/29/30
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
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Wanda
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Audrey
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.

MINOR SPOILERS FOR EARLIER BOOKS AHEAD

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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seak
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 possibly.

I keep thinking, there's no way he can up the stakes after the last book and then he proves me wrong. The stakes in Changes were as high as they get with the Red Court.

And if you haven't lis
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Jilly
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 them sma
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David Sven
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dresden Fans and Urban fantasy fans
Recommended to David Sven by: Rob
Forget about book cover blurbs including spoilers – this story has the spoiler tied up in it’s one word title - Changes. From the very first sentence we get hit with a jaw dropping revelation that will see Harry propelled into a quest to save the single most important thing in his life. And the lengths he is prepared to go to preserve that which he loves most will see him undergo a metamorphosis that left me in shock. You know how Harry is always fighting the temptation to access powers that wil ...more
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
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Lo9man88
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
reread
It was everything a novel was supposed to be: so full with emotions , it was in fact bursting
with them : love, betrayal, desperation, hope and courage...
Harry crossed so many lines in order to save his only daughter, growing up as an orphan
himself, it was inevitable i guess to sleep with the lesser evil figuratively and literally
speaking ... The preparation for the big day was awesome, the tension between Dresden and Susan and Molly was hair raising... And then the big battle was there
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Ashley
Re-Read Review, April 2018: Short review for this re-read. I wrote a monster one last time.

As always with this series, there are little small moments where I have to stop and mentally finger wag at Jim Butcher, mostly to do with Harry's sometimes sexist-attitudes, but overall this book really is a masterful piece of urban fantasy. It works as a standalone story, but mostly it works as the pivot point in this ongoing twenty-three book series. You don't really know how literal the title is going i
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Chêtto
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It takes a lot of balls to change a series like this!
Among my favorites of Dresden Files, but not an absolute best.
It renewed my interest on the series.
U know, 11 books of the same world in
I'm rereading and loving it. Leave me alone.

New reread: yep, still good.
Marielle
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-own
Another fantastic Dresden file! The ending though... So glad I can pick up the next immediately!
Carolyn
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, urban-fantasy
The title of this book says it all. There are some big changes afoot for Harry, not all of them good. I also feel that Harry has really matured as a wizard and is coming into his power. Not that there still isn't room for Harry's quirky on-the-fly solutions to serious problems and his many wisecracks.

Harry's ex-lover (now half vampire) Susan has come seeking his help to retrieve a young girl kidnapped by the Red Court vampires. If Harry is to prevent major harm to himself and those he loves, he
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☕️Kimberly
As is my drug of choice, I listened to the narrations of James Marsters. He has become the voice of these characters and I could not imagine Harry without him. Oh, where to begin. Let me just get this off my chest before I burst...we hear Mouse speak. It was brilliant! Perfection. I laughed so hard I had tears and we were in the middle of some intense shite when it happened.
You might remember I am not a big Susan fan. Well, in Changes I decided I hate her. Strong words I know, but she reveals a
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Tim The Enchanter
Possibly the Best in the Series- 5 Stars

Wow! What a ride. Once again I am amazed at how Jim Butcher manages to make Harry Dresden more interesting as the series progresses. The name of the book foreshadows the events in the novel and presumably foreshadows changes in future book. This is the most epic of Harry's adventures. Without giving anything away, what Harry manages to do is historic, even by Wizard standards. It will be interesting to see where Butcher takes the series from here. Hone
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Angela
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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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I stepped forward, let the door bang closed, and snarled, "Fuck subtle.”
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