The Good , The Bad and The Ugly – Proven Guilty (Dresden Files #8) Book review

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So don’t confuse my Blog Title into thinking that in this edition of Harry’s adventure he’ll go on a trip to the wild west and become a gunslinger or something*, what that title actually means is my view on the book which had The Good – overall plot, The Bad – Follow up to the predecessor book Dead Beat The Ugly – Finale of the book

*… although when i think more about it that does sound cool

Book Succinct:

May Contain Spoilers in regards to previous books so beware :

There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it’s all in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob

What I Liked :.

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Needless to say just like what i have said about the previous Dresden books remains intact i.e it’s still fast-paced,filled with action,unique magical system and even more unique fantasy setting , Witthy , Sarcastic , Humorous . But that’s a given when you pick this series what this book adds is that for the first time we see Dresden’s darker side start to creep in on the action . Meanwhile despite being recruited into his new role Dresden remains the same rebel against the authority that we have come to know and love .

Book Quote:

“I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.”

It was nice to see that Dresden having taken up his new job still retains his views on how wrong the world of magic actually is . The book also settled a few scores in terms of Harry’s strained relationship with Both Charity and Ebenezer . I also enjoyed that Thomas and Murphy have now taken a constant role in Harry’s Affair , consider that Murphy is one heck of an Bad-ass woman and i did miss her in the previous book and Thomas is a fantastic side character who often times even steals Harry’s thunder .

Meanwhile the ever so dragging question of Harry & Murphy’s relationship was also finally handled and put to bed with a surprising if not dissapointing end . The plot in itself was very entertaining and the troublesome scenarios that Harry keeps finding himself caught into is getting more and more messier making me doubt if the author actually hates his protagonist. The whole involvement of the Carpenters in the story was also nicely done add the sidhe court and you get one very good story in the whole series .

What I Didn’t like :

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There’s generally an euphoric and adrenaline rushing feeling associated with the finale of every Dresden book , even the bad ones however in this book we had a legal drama to look forward to as the final act of the book and granted that was entertaining it also took away the whole Euphoria experience .

There was also a huge cringe-worthy aspect in the book where Harry’s lack of ..erm.. Sexual activity made him lust over an underage girl and in the end there was a particular scene regarding that particular underage character that made me just shake my head in dissapointment , some say it was handled well i say it was plain creepy

Book Quotes:

“Laughter is good for you. Nine out of ten stand-up comedians recommend laughter in the face of intense stupidity.”  

Overall although the story was great fun minus the final-sexual-angle it was a very weak follow up to the previous book – Dead Beat , which in my opinion was the best book in the series so far. And granted the events of Dead beat are really hard to top by any author and i did expect nothing to ever reach upto the standards of that ending it did feel that considering how good Dead Beat was this book underwhelmed .

Conclusions:

Although the book shades in comparision to Dead Beat as a stand-alone if you can tolerate the finale the book is pretty good and one of the finest addition in the series and surely a must read for all Dresden Fans .

 

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