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White Night

(The Dresden Files #9)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  109,143 ratings  ·  2,571 reviews
Harry Dresden, PI, is a modern-day wizard with a bad habit of getting into danger. His most recent case looks set to follow the trend - and this time it's personal. ...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published April 3rd 2007)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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:
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
“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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition

(pant pant pant)

So. Um. Okay. This is a good book. Good wizard-is-a-private-detective-in-mo
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
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
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017, 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
Mike's Book Reviews
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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♒
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
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
"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
I flip flopped with the rating. It's better then 3 but not exactly 4 but it's close enough for the round up.

Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Harry seems to do less and less detective work as this series goes on. Seeing as the mystery is what first drew me to these books, I'm a little disappointed about that, but it's a gradual change I've come to accept.

I liked White Night because we see him back in his P.I role, however briefly, as he investigates a string of murders made to look like suicides.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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