So basically i can just copy paste all my other Dresden Files review here and add a few good things and i can deliver this review so this might actually be the shortest review i write and that’s not necessarily a bad thing .
In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…
What I liked :
So just go check the first paragraph of the “What i liked” of my last Dresden book review coz you get the same here also. Don’t worry i’ll wait … here’s the review btw
Back already? ok then let’s proceed
So apart from all that this typical Dresden book succeeded in doing a lot of other good things like addressing the sexist nature of the protagonist and making him grow out of it without apologizing about it instead constantly joking about it .
Meanwhile just like in the Death mask book this book had a lot in terms of plot but unlike Death Mask this book dealt with them a lot better and unlike Death mask at no time does the excessing on-going plot feels excessive or cramped . Instead it all flows very smoothly
“What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”
Jim Butcher takes a lot of in-jokes in the book like the countless burned buildings that happen to be around Harry and with a new role as a teacher Harry’s growth as a practitioner was very well handled and his abysmally mortally risky situations actually escalated , meanwhile Harry’s Dark side is finally shown to be catching up but instead of awaiting a union with the next sith lord, Harry uses his Dark side to his advantage and that was just amazing to read .
The involvement of Molly and Ramirez brings a breath of fresh air into the whole series . The exchanges between Ramirez and Harry especially were show-stoppers . The Final battle felt like a big budget blockbuster movie scene with the re-introduction of true heavyweights of the dark side coming to take Harry out of his own series.This finale was thoroughly enjoyable where we witnessed the Dark side , The intelligent side, the mortal side, the powerful side and the protector side of Harry all in one go .
What I Didn’t like :
absolutely nothing to be honest , if i am nitpicking i’d say the writing has improved but it’s still not Patrick Rothfus or George Martin or Tolkien . And although it was one of the best book of the series i still give Dead beat my vote for the best in the series that said the book doesn’t feel dissapointing and maybe equally as good as Dead Beat.
“There was a sound like a human yawn, and then the skull turned slightly toward me and asked, “What’s up, boss?”
“Well, sure,” Bob said, “because it refuses to learn the metric system. Otherwise it’d be up to a meter by now.”
That said one Big issue for me was the long narration sometimes given to explain the emotions that led to the production of a magic spell , infact a case is point is Chapter 31 of the book which had a long few pages about the whole deal , it was a little annoying but at the same time informative of the magic system so kind of a double edged sword of sorts
What do you know i truly thought this review won’t be long .
The book is very good and another fine addition to the Dresden Book series and definitely one of the best addition . This book however is the first Dresden Book that links heavily with the previous books and one you can certainly not go ahead and read without reading the previous books not that it’s a bad thing
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