“The Wild Hunt was loose in Chicago…And I had been the one to call them here.”
Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2006
Once again, Harry Dresden is back with another adventure in the supernatural underworld of Chicago. By adventure we mean misadventure, and in the best way possible. Harry Dresden is one of those series that just keeps giving and giving.
This time Harry is approached by Marva to obtain a book that contains knowledge in necromancy which would give the magic user the most ultimate power over the dead making them basically a god. If he does not assist in the finding of The Word of Kemmler, evidence of kills his friend and maybe-sorta-love-interest Karrin Murphy committed during a brief stint as a vigilante will be “anonymously” handed to police investigators, effectively ending her career and possibly landing her in prison.
Part of what set the previous book, Blood Rites, aside from the earlier installments was Harry’s sense of humor. This book does not really have that same comedic value as this story is getting a little bit darker and Harry is somewhat suffering for it. There are a few attempts at one-liners but they all tend to fall flat. The first couple times this happened it was a little disappointing until it started to become clear that with all that Harry has gone through and continues to go through, he has a harder time seeing the humor in things.
While this has never exactly been a bright and happy sort of series, its continuation definitely continues to go down the darker side of things. Each book continues to have a somewhat episodic feel to it but with each one the over-arching plot grows in subtle ways. This book has had the biggest ramifications for that overall plot so far. Besides things going on with the White Council and the vampire courts, Harry himself is starting down a darker path for the sake of justice and morality. Decisions made in this book will definitely be coming back to play in next books.
Jim Butcher has just gotten the better and better with each iteration. The story is exciting, Dresden is somehow even funnier, and the monsters more vicious. Butcher has found his notch and it is obvious.
There isn’t much else to say. This story just raises the bar every time I read the next book and I am excited for the next one.
I absolutely love how dark the story is getting. We are getting into shades of gray on Harry’s moral compass, pieces are moving on the storyboard in ways that the reader can’t see directly. Basically, shit is beginning to hit the proverbial fan.
I really don’t have anything negative to say about this book. I very much appreciate Butcher’s skill at setting the tone in subtle ways, like altering Harry’s humor and how he is getting to be angrier because of all the stuff that is happening around and to him.
I think the only reason I am not giving this book a perfect 10 is because I think future books may be able to totally blow me away and I want to save that 10 for when that happens.