Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Turncoat (The Dresden Files #11)

Now Chicago's only professional wizard, Harry Dresden, is about to find that the one thing more dangerous than his mortal enemies may be his closest allies...

Turncoat, by Jim Butcher, is the eleventh novel in the Dresden Files. For years, the White Council has held a death mark over Harry's head. In return, Harry stays out of major trouble when it comes to the Laws of Magic. He is still perceived as a black sheep among the wizards and as a sacrificial lamp by others. But none regard with him more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a huge grudge against warlocks who bend the rules.

When Morgan turns up at Harry's doorstep asking for help and protection, Harry isn't exactly eager to leap into action. Then, Harry learns that Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council. The only punishment that fits that crime is death. Morgan's on the run, but he wants his name cleared. He needs someone who has a tendency to support the underdog--Harry. Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the White Council, hide the cranky Morgan, and protect himself from further scrutiny. With no other choice, a single mistake can cost Harry his head.

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council-and there's only one final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Like Harry Dresden. Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake could cost Harry his head...

Turncoat is absolutely the best novel in the Dresden Files series so far. The story (action, suspense, and gore) becomes very intense in the second half of the novel. Harry pushes the limit when it reaches out to his allies to plan a complicated trap with little room for error. His techniques (and luck) continue to improve with experience. At the same time, his well-coordinated strategies do have consequences. I must warn you that the ending will make you both sad and sympathetic for Dresden because he will lose two people that had become a major influence in his life.

Stay tuned for the twelfth novel in the Dresden Files series, Changes.

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