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White Night

(The Dresden Files #9)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  111,775 ratings  ·  2,811 reviews
Wizard Harry Dresden must investigate his own flesh and blood when a series of killings strike Chicago’s magic practitioners in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Someone is targeting the members of the city’s supernatural underclass—those who don’t possess enough power to become full-fledged wizards. Some have vanished. Others appear to be victims of s
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Roc
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Jerry R Because magic empowers the herd (humanity). They specifically target female practitioners because magic usually descends via the mothers side. if they…moreBecause magic empowers the herd (humanity). They specifically target female practitioners because magic usually descends via the mothers side. if they can eliminate the 'mutants' as they refer to human magic users, it's easier for them to hunt.(less)

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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

I've mentioned this several times, but it's always safe to rely on The Dresden Files for a quick entertaining read.

A serial killer is on the loose, and they’re targeting practitioners of magic. And to make things worse, all the evidence seems to point towards Thomas as the perpetrator. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, of course, won’t allow this to happen. That’s the premise of White Night, but surprisingly, there’s actually less focus on investigation now compared to the previou
Daniel B.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am floored by how well Dresden progresses. Through character and world building, Dresden is slowly becoming one of my all time favorites. White Knight is the best of the series I have read yet. Reading Dresden is comfortable, thrilling, and most importantly, DAMN FUN!

Full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE2Fy...
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star

Hands down the most fun book I've read these past two years. White Night is also the best Dresden Files book so far. It restored my wobbling faith in the series. Jim Butcher has my respect. He can retain control over what makes Dresden special, yet dish out an entertaining, fast paced book that's unique in the series. Everything here was fun to read. Even the times where vampires' unearthly beauty was being described made me happy. I usually get bored by this lyrical waxing. But here it seemed
TS Chan
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

So darn good. White Night was such an engrossing and entertaining read that I finished it in under 1.5 days. The combination of an intriguing plot and close to perfect pacing was a real page-turner. And the action sequence during the climax of this book was pretty insane.

But the highlight for me was the character development - be it for Harry, or the main supporting cast of Thomas, Murphy and Mouse (yea, he's a dog but that's all the more reason why I love him so much). I'm so investe
Duchess Nicole
Classic Dresden files book, so it was good. But this read just like about three or four of his other books...

**Set in Chicago...again
**White Court vamps are evil and the war is ongoing...still
**Bob the pervy skull gets a complete intro and helps out with witty candor...
**Thomas is hungry and Harry is suspicious of him
**Harry STILL doesn't get laid

I'm ready for Butcher to move on to a new subject, a new setting, and to settle the score with all of the above. How many times does Bob need an introd
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
“Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.”

Jim Butcher’s ninth Harry Dresden novel, first published in 2007, is about a lot of things, as all of these entertaining books are, but the central theme seems to be picking the lesser of two evils, or working a Corleone plan by keeping your friends close but your enemies closer.

Several of the recent Dresden novels have involved Harry’s tenuous connection to the White Court of vampires and this one finds our hero drawn once more into a confron
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just getting better with every new book! Best book so far, although I missed the little Pizza eating monsters 😃! They make everything better! On to the next book 😎!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*3.5 stars*

LOVE this series and the narrator, James Marsters, can do no wrong, but this book was freakin' confusing as hell! Time jumps, lots of random things happening... it was just more chaotic than I would have liked. Still one of my favorite series of all time and I'm still jumping right into the next book!
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Magic is groovy, but when it comes to dealing out death, regular mortal know-how can be just as impressive."

This one hit all the right chords for me. I would rank it in my top 2 or 3 Dresden books so far. But, there is still a long way to go. That final battle was intense as hell. Definitely, one of the top action scenes in this series so far.

In this installment Harry gets pulled into a case involving a serial killer. But, not just any serial killer. This one preys on the magical c
Heidi The Reader
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Someone is killing people in Chicago and leaving clues that only a person with magical ability, like a wizard named Harry Dresden, could see. Why would they do that?

Meanwhile, most everything else in Harry's life is going spectacularly wrong. He has an unruly apprentice who had an unfortunate brush with dark magic awhile back. The White Council is still at war with the Red Vampire Court which was Harry's fault to begin with, but we don't need to go into all that.

He's still got a fallen angel's s
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans who've read previous Dresden Files novels
The ninth Harry Dresden novel is the series riches and most densely plotted to date--and the first in the series I can't recommend to someone coming to the series cold.

Not that this is a bad thing. It's a great thing for readers of the Dresden Files. While Jim Butcher does deliver payoffs and resolutions in his previous eight books, here in "White Night" he steps that up a notch, bringing back old friends and enemies to Harry Dresden's world all while building on several key plotlines from the
Deborah Markus
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

(pant pant pant)

So. Um. Okay. This is a good book. Good wizard-is-a-private-detective-in-mo
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fantasy, 2017
Love this series! it's so addictive; as soon as I finish one book I want to read the next. Jim Butcher is slowly building up a massive plot, revealing only a few small teasers each book, developing the threads and strings that will all eventually be pulled together in a massive showdown. Little hints at Harry's background are also building up slowly, working towards a big reveal.

In this episode, Sgt Murphy calls Harry in for his unofficial opinion on a series of deaths made to look like suicide
Iryna *Book and Sword*
3.5/5 stars

How much of a good thing is too much? Five books? Nine books? How about sixteen books? White Night was a book nine and unless something ground breaking happens I don't think I will make it to book 16 (there's more coming after that too I'm sure).

​This was everything that a good Dresden Files novel should be: witty, non-stop action with some sexual tension and hilarious remarks. But I still felt a little bit bored. Maybe because we already met the villain in the previous book. Maybe
Feb 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was another great installment in the Dresden series! However for whatever reason, I could not get into this one like I was able to in the prior two books.

I felt like things got a little bit muddy in regards to the different factions of the White Vampire Court and everything that was going on within them. At times it was tedious and a bit confusing.

It also feels like the series could use a little more character development aside from Harry himself. The story is always told from his perspect
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another pretty good Dresden book. But first thing I want to mention is the amazing narrator, James Marsters. It's the first time I listened to Dresden audiobook, and I loved it. James Marsters does an awesome job and he sounds pretty much like I imagined Harry would sound. I think I am definitely going to buy an audiobook when the next Dresden book comes out.

If you read any of my reviews of Dresden Files, you know I am a huge fan. I think I even get a little bit overenthusiastic in some of my r
Mike's Book Reviews
Full Video Review Here: https://youtu.be/5nbUXgOxLg8

As my run through the Nevernever with Mr. Dresden continues, I think I've hit my first case of burnout. Because this is an excellent book, as all of Mr. Butcher's works have been, but it was the first I found myself not getting completely lost in.

The case in this one consists of clearing Thomas from being the suspect of missing practitioners and once that thread is resolved, the book kind of meanders for a chunk. It's also the first time I felt
Em Lost In Books
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, 2000-09, 2014
Before starting the review of White Night, I would like to tell you how I met Harry. After devouring the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning in 2012, I wanted to read another amazing Urban Fantasy so I requested for some UF recommendations. And first time I met Harry there when I was recommended Dresden Files in response to my request. I read the blurb; saw the cover, length of the series, a male protagonist and instantly dismissed it. It was start of 2013 and had just started reading fantasy boo ...more
Executive Summary: This is one of three books from the Dresden Files series I've given 5 stars to, and if you follow my reviews, you know that's something I try not to do lightly. I really enjoy it start to finish.

Audio book: I could just copy paste this section from book to book. James Marsters is great. If you've been reading my previous reviews or listening to this series yourself you know that. Highlights in this book include him actually yelling during one scene and this crazy french accent
Alex Nieves
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full video review here: https://youtu.be/FFyNvySh7MQ

Another great Dresden Files book. This will probably be my #2 behind Proven Guilty.
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
White Night opens around a year after the previous book. Harry and his apprentice Molly are investigating a rash of suspicious murders. Someone of something is killing off those practitioners who barely have any power/magic.

I always feel a little lost when I first start theses books. It has to do with the time in-between when one book ends to when the next one starts. I’m reading one a month, but each book has like a year difference in them and so, I feel like I’m miss something like maybe a no
Mike (the Paladin)
We're going to get to know Harry's half brother more in this one, espically since Harry has to prove he's not involved in murder. ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evil’s afoot.

Well, sure...because it refuses to learn the metric system. Otherwise it’d be up to a meter by now.

I’m not usually one to push so quickly through a series, but I’m thoroughly enjoying myself and can’t seem to pull myself away.

With every installment Harry is becoming stronger and more experienced, while implementing interesting tools and forming unlikely alliances to aid him. Meaning, the action only gets better. Next to Sue the magical mayhem and fight sequences in this
David Sven
Another action packed episode. Murphy asks Dresden to unofficially look into a series of staged suicides. Things go pear shaped from there.

This felt a little “episodic” to me in that there’s not a lot we haven’t seen before. Ghouls and Vampires. Lots of them. There’s plenty of action though and Harry has beefed up a lot of his magical accessories for that bit of extra punch – a regional commander of the Wardens of the White Council needs a bit of extra juice after all – especially in the middle
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

Even though I was not the biggest fan of this books "case" White Night retains the enjoyable characters and writing well enough for it to still be good. This seems to be a recurring theme with Dresden Files at times. I find I am not that into some of the actual cases in these middle of the ground books in the series but Jim Butcher always makes it work by being excellent in other elements. I am always e
Pranav Prabhu
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
White Night is a consistently fantastic Dresden book, my second favourite so far behind Dead Beat. The case file in this one is about Harry tracking down a serial killer who has been murdering small-time practitioners, trying to implicate him and sow distrust. This is probably one of the more engaging cases, the mystery is well established and the revelations are well-paced and sensical. It doesn't get overly convoluted but maintains a decent level of complexity to it. The case, as usual, is a s ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

These are getting harder to review as the series goes on. 9 books in now and I feel confident that the reviews I write will be pretty standard throughout the series. The majority will be 4 stars as the quality of writing is good, the characters well rounded with enough development throughout the series to keep it from being stale, the plot getting more complicated with each passing novel but still easily digestible. There will be some that fail to meet that 4 star mark and some which shoot
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Harry Dresden is back and just like every previous book in this series, its better than it's predecessors.

I take my hat off to you Jim Butcher. It feels like we as readers have taken this journey with you as you started out in this career and you really have gone from strength to strength. This is also very evident in the evolution of the characters on your pages. They have become such complex and well liked beings that I doubt the author could off any one of them without a huge backlash from h
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/

This was another great installment in the series! I first read this book back in 2012 and I really enjoyed experiencing the audio with this re-read. Even having read this book before, there were a few times during this re-read that I had a hard time keeping up because there is just a lot going on. I think that I liked this book even more than I did the first time I read it. It was just immensely entertaining!

This is the ninth book in
3.5 stars

This story is well structured. There’s a crime mystery with personal stakes involved: women are being murdered, and Thomas becomes a suspect. He’s actively avoiding Harry, so the case is personal. Then there’s the road discovery filled with clues and setbacks and then a final big, huge climax. The creatures de jour are mostly White Court vampires and ghouls. I’m not sure what ghouls look like. Something like this:

They’re definitely unpleasant.

It’s not until the end we find out exactly w
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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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