Wow! What a ride. Once again I am amazed at how Jim Butcher manages to make Harry Dresden more interesting as the series progresses. The name of the book foreshadows the events in the novel and presumably foreshadows changes in future book. This is the most epic of Harry’s adventures. Without giving anything away, what Harry manages to do is historic, even by Wizard standards. It will be interesting to see where Butcher takes the series from here. Honestly, this book had a feeling of finality and could have easily been the final book in the series. I don’t yet know what Butcher has in store for future novels but it better be good.
Within the first couple of pages we learn that Harry has a daughter by his former, yellow rag now half vampire ex-girlfriend, Susan Rodriguez. The child has been taken by Red Court Vampires and her life is in jeopardy. When it becomes apparent that Harry will not receive help from the traditional sources, he gathers help from some non traditional one. This installment has Harry doing some globetrotting and fighting some vampires, an ick, goblins and a lot more vampires. There are some big reveals and some big changes for Harry and other characters.
Once you Start…
Butcher hardly lets off the gas on this one. While Harry usually has the odds stacked against him, the odds are even worse this time around. He is forced to call in help from different sources than in other novels. Harry makes choices that he may regret in the future and are choices he would not have made earlier in the series. Harry comes off as more human in this novel as he is driven by a love for a child he has never met. There is excitement, new magic, backstabbing, double crossing and a Harry Dresden version of Helm’s deep. This probably the most exciting of the Dresden Novels
Gold Star for Creativity
Butcher makes some bold choices in plot development. The choices are fraught with potential problems for the future of the series but they make for an interesting storyline. I like that he mixes it up in the book and I am excited to see where it goes.
Overall, the book is one of the best, if not the best in the series. Given that this is book 12, I think that says something about the strength of the series. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here.
It is difficult to find commentary on the sex/violence/language content of book if you are interested. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. *Disclaimer* I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read. I am simply giving approximations.
Scale 1 – Lowest 5 – Highest
Sex – 2.5
There is some sexual tension. Two parties nearly engage in sexual activity but stop before it gets out of hand. There is some sexual innuendo at the end but nothing comes of it.
Language – 3.5
Adult language has been on the rise in the last few. This had low to moderate use of mild obscenities but there is more use of the f-word than in in previous installments.
Violence – 4
As usual, many monsters dies. There is major battle with thousands of vampires. You can guess there will be a lot of death. There is a what is akin to a “cage fight” and it is fairly violent. The violence is persistent but tends to not be gory in nature.