|Again, we find Harry Dresden in a bit of a pickle. Warden
Morgan was never Dresdens friend, much the opposite in fact, and here he is, on
Dresdens doorstep, on the run from the other Wardens. Hes accused of murdering
LaFortier, one of the wizards of the Senior Council, and the evidence is pretty damning.
So Dresden sets about figuring out who set he up. Then the nasty Skinwalker turns up, and
kidnaps Harrys vampire half-brother Thomas, so he needs rescuing too. Oh, yes, the
white vampires are in this one, up to their life-sucking elbows. Though its not
entirely their fault. Not all of them at any rate.
This is a more cerebral book than
most of the Dresden Files, although those who like their big
magical showdowns will not be disappointed, because this one has a doozy. And so of
course, the humour is definitely of the laugh out loud, and then read it out aloud to
those around you material. Lines like "Youre in America now
Our idea of
diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other, and asking
which youd prefer," go down pretty well with the other mums at the swimming
pool, and then you get to tell them about the Dresden Files and
what a good read they are.
Frankly, the only thing wrong with this book was that I figured out who the traitor was
early in the book, about when he was introduced, but it was altogether too many pages
later before I got to learn exactly how he did it!
This is a Harry Dresden book. If you don't know what that means, where have you been?
It's number eleven in the series, but I'm about four behind, so it was a surprise to be
able to drop right in to the latest without feeling like I'd missed something. I'd also
forgotten that I wasn't going to be able to put the damn book down, unless you count
collapsing around 6 a.m.
As usual, Harry has someone show up on his doorstep in need of help. The twist is, this
time it's Morgan, the Warden who has spent most of the previous books looking for an
excuse to execute him, and it's the White Council that are chasing him. And not just them
there's a very substantial bounty out for him from some other source.
Harry instantly concludes that Morgan must have been framed, because a self-righteous
prig like Morgan would never betray the White Council. And Harry being Harry, he just
can't let an innocent man get executed, no matter how much he dislikes him. Even if he's
likely to get executed for helping him...
Scene set? Throw in a plot to start a war between the Council and the Vampire White
Court, a big bad who is both very tough and very nasty, and Harry's usual complicated
I strongly recommend this book. I also recommend that you don't plan on doing anything
else between starting and finishing, because there's a good chance it won't happen.