Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: White Night (Dresden Files #9)

Harry Dresden -- Wizard: Lost items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

White Night, by Jim Butcher, is the ninth installment in the Dresden Files series. Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, learns that someone has been killing low-level witches. He receives a call from Sargeant Murphy off the record to investigate a crime scene. Upon his arrival, he gets a good look and realizes that the so-called suicide is clearly a murder with magical intent. All the evidence points to his White vampire half-brother, Thomas, as a prime suspect. As a Warden of the White Council, who is at war with the Red Court of blood-drinking vampires and the White Court of sex predator vampires, Harry is determined to clear his brother's name.

During his investigation, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that is more complicated than he realizes. He must go into action, including a battle with ghouls on the lakefront that turns into a gripping flashback of another encounter with ghouls some years before in New Mexico. He draws on support from unthinkable allies such as as his first love, Elaine Mallory, and gangster gentleman, Johnnie Marcone. On top of that, he is still teaching strong-willed, occasionally impulsive teenager Molly Carpenter. Last, but not least, Lasciel, the demon trapped in a coin Harry secured under his summoning circle, is a lingering presence that continues to test his deepest temptations.

When all hell is about to break loose around him, can Harry solve this dangerous case and survive another day in one piece? It will take aptitude, cleverness, resourcefulness and determination to overcome the evil that lies ahead.

Once again, Jim Butcher produced another action-thrilling masterpiece in the increasingly dangerous world of Harry Dresden. I never thought Butcher could outperform his previous novel, Dead Beat, as Harry assumes more responsibilities (and dire consequences if he fails) in his professional work. Dresden's case files have become more introspective, dangerous, and complicated. Dreaden's enemies have become more powerful, sinister, and merciless. Yet, Butcher has the humor, wit, and creativity to create a supernaturally good novel. You can't help but cheer for Harry Dresden because he wants to help others and believes in giving individuals a second chance in life. He takes these risks because he believes in the good of humanity. I look forward to reading the next novel!

Stay tuned for the tenth novel in the Dresden Files series, Small Favor.

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