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White Night

(The Dresden Files #9)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  92,034 ratings  ·  2,143 reviews
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
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Roc
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Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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 b
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
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
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
Em Lost In Books
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 4-star, 2000-09
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
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 book we
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 o
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
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
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
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
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.
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 him.
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
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2017
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
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, bookclub, fantasy
One of my friends convinced me to try out the audio versions of this series, and I really enjoyed, especially the humour, which had me laughing out loud 5h00 in the mornings on my way to work - not an easy feat. The only problem with this title, was that I was a bit lost with some of the characters or events referred to, as I read the previous titles in the books quite a while ago. The other one was the amount and lenght of the fight scenes - too much, but much easier to deal with on audio. Will ...more
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)
4.5 maybe. Just another great addition to the series. Loved the intricacies woven in from previous books - feels like they've all been leading up to this moment, and now we're really seeing where this story will be going from now on. I'm excited to see what else Jim Butcher throws at Harry Dresden.
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 practices magic and although all the deaths appear as suicides Harry doesn't think so nor does Murphy. After some initial tests it looks like that Dresden's half brother the Vampire Thomas is the killer and this is something Harry can't handle and wo
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Here we are again. Another murderer is on the loose and we have the great Harry Dresden to stop them. This time, Wiccans are committing suicide... or are they? Harry finds a clue that shows a killer may be calling him out by murdering women. Will Harry be able to stop the deaths? Find out in Wight Night!

Any book that has an epic battle scene involving ghouls has to be good right?! And it is, this is a solid installment in the series.

This feels like an episode of a late nig
Sasha Garza
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Harry Dresden is one of my favorite heroes. He makes mistakes and he is often confused. Through stubborn persistence he manages to reason his way out of trouble. He reminds me of Indiana Jones.

This is the 9th book in the series. I'm reading these stories too fast. I just can't stop listening to them. Each book blends seamlessly into the next. The characters develop and change. They battle the forces of darkness and learn more about each other's pasts. These experiences shape and change the char
I'm having a hard time remembering what happened in this one. Basically, a bunch of women practitioners are being hunted down and killed and Harry must figure out what is really going on. Everything comes to a head with the White Court, Cowl, Madrigal Raith, and something called a Skavis. The thing that stood out the most in this book was the highly theatrical fight of Harry + Rameriz against Vittorio and Madrigal. That fight between the four of them really shows off what can be done with magic ...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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Constructive anger," the demon said, her voice dripping sarcasm.

Also known as passion," I said quietly. "Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more beautiful.”
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