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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8)

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The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.
ebook, 418 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Roc (first published February 1st 2006)
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Jaan Sõmermaa I mean Dresden himself yet does not know in this book. The Black Council as an entity to fight only really starts to play a bigger role in the end of…moreI mean Dresden himself yet does not know in this book. The Black Council as an entity to fight only really starts to play a bigger role in the end of this book. Later books expand on this. Though a full explanation has yet to reveal itself. (less)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

So wonderful, it hurts.

This series on audiobook is TO DIE FOR! It keeps getting better and better, and I'm hooked beyond hope. I love you, Harry Dresden, and I love Jim Butcher for his brilliant mind.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, well, well. My, my, my. This book illustrates perfectly why I'm safe from being a die hard fan of any author. I don't have a shred of loyalty towards my favorite authors, and I wear that attitude like a badge of honor. Most of the Dresden books I've read so far have scored well. Because of that, I believe that Jim Butcher doesn't need to punch above his weight to write a damn good book. He is frighteningly talented. So what happened here?

I'm not alone in finding Proven Guilty a mediocre
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, read-in-2017
Reread with the lobster
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
If the charge is writing one of the best Harry Dresden novels yet, then Jim Butcher has just been Proven Guilty!

As a practicing wizard, Harry Dresden has always been troubled by the methods of his bosses in the White Council. But since becoming a Warden and witnessing the Council's methods he's outright disgusted by them! When someone is caught practicing black magic, rather then considering rehabilitation for the practitioner, the Council prefers to simply cut the dark wizard of
Lindsey Rey
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Amazing start, even-more-amazing finish, but it definitely got dull in the middle so I couldn't give it a full 5 stars.
Wonderful read. This series just gets better and better and I love how there are now so many secondary characters that get revolved between the various books. It makes the series that little bit more compelling as when you start the book you're not 100% sure who is going to be in it.

It felt to me like there was a lot of foreshadowing in this one. Ultimately how powerful is Harry going to become?
Deborah Markus
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 Super-Quick, New-Year's-Eve-And-I-Have-To-Finish-This-Year's-Reading-Challenge Reasons I Finally Gave A Harry Dresden Novel Five Flippin' Stars

1. Harry eased way the heck up on the two things that always make me roll my eyes in Dresden File novels: the obligatory "People don't believe in the supernatural these days" speech (yeah, that happened), and the "Women are different from men and I'm a way nice guy for being extra-protective of women" scene.

2. I was genuinely spooked by one scene, and t
Israt Zaman Disha
Comparing with the previous book of the series, I found it a little less thrilling. But I can make peace with that. Harry Dresden doesn't always need earth collapsing disasters or dangers. He is a mortal after all. Well whatever that was stake in this story was no less important to him. Overall a good story. But after the seventh book my expectation was bound to be high. So I am guessing my rating is a little biased. Maybe I would give it a 4 if I had not read the previous one.
William Thomas
Jim Butcher is a creep. And not the cool kind of creep like Bukowski that you romanticize, but like Ezra from 'Pretty Little Liars' kind of creep. Seriously, Butcher, I'm not putting this one on Harry. The last few pages of this book made my skin crawl. Sexualizing an underage character and Harry blatantly lusting after her and beating himself up over it and trying to moralize it is just... awful. But like I said, this isn't Harry. This is some weird thing Jim Butcher has going on in his head. W ...more
Will M.
The audiobook version of this series is really good. Terrific narrator, and this novel almost made me give the book a 5 star rating, but it's still lacking a bit more. Can't wait to listen to the next novel, or maybe read it.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

I love Harry Dresden and I love this series but this book felt like a bit of a filler. It didn't seem to move the overall story along very much and nothing new about Harry himself was revealed. The war against the Red Court of vampires and the White Council of wizards is still raging but it's mostly happening in the background and Harry is only peripherally involved. Instead Harry, now a Warden, is involved in tracking down whoever is using black magic to terrify and hurt people attending a horr
Another great edition in this series. I'm terrible at writing reviews of in-progress series books, and I think I'm running out of ways to say that I love Harry Dresden, because I just finished this book and I'm completely at a loss as to what the heck to say about it.

Except that I love Harry Dresden. But we knew that, didn't we?

I did really enjoy coming back to Harry's world, and despite the 2 1/2 month gap between finishing Dead Beat and starting Proven Guilty, I picked up right where I left
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This was a disappointing entry after the outstanding last novel, Dead Beat (a series high), where the main plot didn't get its grips into me at all and it was only at the end where things went back to the usual high standards of the series.

Don't get me wrong, this was business as usual in the Dresden world; fighting demonic factions, a humorous setting for grizzly murders, sexual tension with Harry and Murphy on the intimacy merry go round, Bob and Mouse for some light relief and heroic acti
Sometimes I get tired of being the guy who is supposed to deal with un-deal-withable situations.

(I just found another reason I like Harry - his penchant for making up his own words. That's totally my thing! I find that adding an -ness and -ish to words that shouldn't have them is helpful.)

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In this exciting episode, Harry is assigned to find out information from the Fae courts, who is practicing black magic, and catch the person or thing responsible for sending out creepy monsters th
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Just a whole lot of fun, and though not quite as good as the one before it, still pushing the series forward into some interesting new territory. Can't wait to see how the consequences of what happened in this one effects what comes next.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2014
this book starts with Harry witnessing an execution of a black magic practitioner. Then he gets a warning about something dangerous is about to happen in Chicago. Harry has to find what is about to happen and stop it. if all that is not enough Molly Carpenter, his friend Michael’s daughter, ask him to come and bail out her friend. And thats where Harry finds himself in knee deep shit.

Now these books in the series are at a point where I can not discuss the story without giving spoilers about pre
The eighth novel in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files centers around scary things happening at a horror covention--and no, I don't just mean the con-funk from devotees who don't bathe for several days.

Harry is pulled into an investigation of strange monsters attacking people around town, all of it centering at the local horror convention. The setting allows Butcher to lovingly poke fun at fan conventions but also to pay homage to them.

Before you know it, Harry's on the track of greater conspiracies
Duchess Nicole
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fans of urban fantasy
5 Stars!

I've enjoyed every single Dresden Files book that I've listened to so far. There's so much to be said for the voice of James Marsters continuing to do the voice of Harry. He is my Harry Dresden now, and I don't think reading this series would give me the same feel as the audio has done. Each book gets better and better, and this is my first five star read of the series.

The White Council and Harry, while both supposedly batting for the same team, have always butted heads. Harry's unconve
David Sven
I'm guessing anyone who's gotten to book 8 of this series is already a hard core Dresden fan and it gets harder to criticize the small stuff. I mean, it's got Harry Dresden in it - and James Marster is the narrator. Nuff said. But compared to the last book this fell a little flat for me.

I think part of it is that there is no real antagonist/arch enemy in the plot. Sure, there is a lot of bad stuff happening. There's black magic in town and as a Regional Commander in the Wardens it's Harry's job
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
The horror convention setting was great fun, and I enjoyed watching Harry adjust to his new role as Warden because doing the right thing, and enforcing the laws of magic aren't always synonymous, and a bit of tough love ensues. Charity opened up some as a character which brought on a few interesting new developments, although whether Molly Carpenter will add any value to this universe is still up in the air. I see potential, but another male Urban Fantasy author whom I'm a fan of attempted somet ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved getting to know Charity better in this episode. She is a badass momma when one of her kids is in danger.
Executive Summary: While not as good as the previous book, Dead Beat, it's still another enjoyable entry to the series.

Audio book: Nothing of particular note in this novel. There weren't any stand out voices/characters worth mentioning. James Marsters does a great job with the audio, and seems really comfortable with the series now.

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NOTE: This review contains some (mostly minor) spoilers from previous novels, as it's hard to talk about the later books in the series without proper con
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my favourite of Dresden Files. There are several books in the series that are better than Proven Guilty, but still, this one is quite strong and very enjoyable.

Harry is now a part of the White Council and a Warden, and I really enjoyed seeing how he adjusted to his new role. After reading how he always got into troubles with the White Council, it was interesting to see him as a part of it...not that he didn't get into trouble with them again;) But that wasn't really his faul
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Harry Dresden is back and this time monsters from horror moving are leaping from the screens and killing innocent people. Yet again, Harry needs to find the bad guy and stop the chaos from continuing. Not to mention all the other crazy situations he has to deal with, like a vampire war, and a fallen angel in his head.

Jim Butcher brings it back with a series that you would think would get stale after 8 books but this series just keeps chugging along. The weight of the situations and fights that D
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am devouring Jim Butcher's 'Dresden Files' series. These are fun. They are like dessert, worthy of devouring. I love Harry. He is such a great character and he has dog named Mouse, so he gets extra points. I also enjoyed Michael and Charity in this one. I love the balance in the different personalities. They are all so different. Plus, for the reoccurring characters, they seem to be evolving with each book.

This book moved at a fast pace. Something was always happening. I would say that the tw
Lots of things from previous books are coming together, and ominous things seem to be in the future. In this book, horrific monsters are appearing in Chicago that feed on fear, and of course, that is not the only crisis that Harry needs to deal with. I'm interested to read the next and see what happens - and I'm going to try not to wait so long between books!
Cori Reed
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I feel about the development at the end of this one. Must proceed to book 9 and find out more.
Caleb M.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really well done. A very good addition to the Dresden Files. The world keeps getting bigger. The characters keep getting more fleshed out. And I am getting more and more excited to continue on in this series. I was glad to see (view spoiler) finally get along. I still love Michael. He is just such a cool character. Never seen a Faith Knight before in any series and I find it unique and intriguing. I can't wait to see where things go with Lashiel. What ...more
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans
Book 8 of the Dresden Files finds Harry now working as a Warden for the White Council; there's no love lost between Harry and the Council, especially the Merlin, but their resources have thinned dramatically and they need all the help they can get in the war against the Red Court. One of the members of the Council warns Harry that Black Magic will be used in Chicago soon and Harry sets out to find out where and by whom. Soon after he finds himself in a horror movie convention and chaos and death ...more
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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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The Dresden Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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