All right, I’m going to be honest. I thought I would be enjoying the Dresden Files for some time. I never expected to love them. After all, the setting isn’t traditional fantasy, and after the last, I wasn’t left dying to read more. I enjoyed Storm Front, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t stay up thinking about it. Well, those days are over! This book was friggin incredibly fun!
First, this one moved way way faster than the last. Action started pretty quick and it just continued its momentum! One thing right after the other! Loved it! I had a hard time putting this down. I couldn’t wait to see where things were going.
Second, I was giddy with excitement over all the gore! Gore gore gore gore! Shredded corpses, spilt entrails, torn out throats. I mean, come on! What’s not to love? Seriously!
Thirdly, I saw a whole new side to Harry Dresden. He’s got a vulnerability in this book that was only skimmed over in the last. With it called out, I was pulled completely into the story. There is a scene where Carmichael is escorting Harry to a patrol car that just nailed it for me. There was something so human and raw in that part that made Harry endearing to me. So now I’m getting on board with Harry’s character. Knowing what to expect (a more humorous tone) changed my reading experience completely. While I haven’t gone completely character crazy yet, I can see the potential for it. Someone hep me if that comes to fruition. I’ll be staying up all night reading all fifteen books. Yet, maybe not. One thing I’ve noticed so far is that each story seems nearly self contained. Sure, there’s hints of a much larger story, but it isn’t shoved down your throat. So once your done, you feel satisfied. One of my friends doing a buddy read with me came up with the perfect analogy: It’s like a TV show. Each episode is contained, yet there is a higher plot arc throughout the seasons.
The main creature in this book is a little on the standard side. It wasn’t anything we haven’t read about a million times before. However, Butcher brings life to the story with everything else going on. It’s a mystery and you’re trying to figure out how everything ties in, so you’re not as focused on the mundane werewolves he’s fighting.
Lastly, here’s his t-shirt saying for this book (I certainly hope there’s one in every book):
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Love it! Anyways, if you’re hesitant to start this series, I really recommend you give it a try (I’m talking to you, Mr. White). If you find the first book good, you’ll probably find the second one better.