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White Night

(The Dresden Files #9)

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The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that thr
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Hardcover, 407 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Roc
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Petrik
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
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Luffy
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
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Daniel Greene
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...
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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
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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
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Lyn
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
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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!
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Jody
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
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Michael
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
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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
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Deborah Markus
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS OVERDUE AT THE LIBRARY IT WAS DUE YESTERDAY BUT MAYBE IF I GET THERE BEFORE THEY OPEN AND THEY FIND IT IN THE "RETURN" BIN THEY'LL BE ALL "OH, SHE TOTALLY RETURNED THIS LAST NIGHT AND THAT COUNTS WE WON'T CHARGE HER ANYTHING" WHICH STILL MAKES ME A BAD PERSON BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAD IT ON HOLD THAT'S WHY I COULDN'T RENEW IT AND HAD TO SPEND ALL DAY YESTERDAY READING SO I COULD BRING IT BACK TODAY

(pant pant pant)

So. Um. Okay. This is a good book. Good wizard-is-a-private-detective-in-mo
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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
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Justyna
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
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Carolyn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, thriller
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
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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
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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
Rob
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
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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
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Tosh
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
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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
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Richard
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
8/10

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
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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
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Audrey
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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Jilly
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"What's up, boss?"
"Evil's afoot."
"Well, sure," Bob said, "because it refuses to learn the metric system. Otherwise it'd be up to a meter by now."

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Things having been building up for a long time with Harry. He is still fighting the demon-in-a-coin influence, which seems to have changed his personality a bit, along with the pressures he is under from being a warden, apprenticing Molly (which means his death if she screws up), and worrying about Thomas who is definitely hiding something from
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seak
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, audio
It's definitely getting harder to review these at book 9. This is the last book that came out before I started to become aware of the series. Not only did I start out behind, but the freaking guy can't stop putting out a million books a year so I fear I'll still never catch up.

I'm still enjoying these, though I think I might have overdone it reading 3 in very close succession. This was tightly plotted and highly enjoyable as usual. I've definitely preferred these later volumes to the first coup
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Michael *Windrunner*
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dresden
Just doing a short review this time.

Basically a fun read, but not the best in the series. I did like having Molly around - the master/apprentice aspect didn't go overboard in this one, and was really fun. I thought Thomas was great in the one and I always love Murphy. I really hope that the (view spoiler)
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☕️Kimberly
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dresden teams up with Murphy off the book to solve the case and Murphy impressed me. Molly is showing her years and though I suspect Harry wants to kick her, even she has her moments and after a year under Dresden's apprenticeship we are seeing improvements. Mouse continues to be the best dog ever! If only he could share his thoughts like Oberon. (a nod to the Iron Druid Chronicles)

When Murphy asks Harry to look at a suicide we learn, we learn that someone is murdering female magic users that lo
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Skylar Phelps
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great book in a great series!

I don’t have much to add here or to my other reviews on this series but if you haven’t read these yet, you really, really should. And stick with it because the first few are mediocre but they get SO much better.
Vikas
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
I am very happy to know that even in the 9th book in the series the things are still awesome, Great job Mr. Butcher. Bravo, All the best for your future ventures,

So let's come back to the book, the story this time is someone is killing off women who practice magic and although all the deaths appear as suicides Harry doesn't think so nor does Murphy. After some initial tests it looks like Dresden's half brother the Vampire Thomas is the killer and this is something Harry can't handle and works to
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amireal
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
A lot of people have called this the best of the series. I think I know why. This is what I call a 'Pay Off' book. Butcher has spent 8 books weaving small details of a larger plot together. Never have I felt unsatisfied by the small bits of information Dresden puts together, but it's nice to have a small pittance of the questions that have come up finally answered.

That's not to say it's not awesome without it, but there's something infinitively satisfying about getting answers, even if they only
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