Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8)

91474As 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.

Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 479
Publication Date: February 6th, 2007

Harry Dresden is back and this time monsters from horror moving are leaping from the screens and killing innocent people. Yet again, Harry needs to find the bad guy and stop the chaos from continuing. Not to mention all the other crazy situations he has to deal with, like a vampire war, and a fallen angel in his head.

Jim Butcher brings it back with a series that you would think would get stale after 8 books but this series just keeps chugging along. The weight of the situations and fights that Dresden has somehow always feel fresh and funny. Our biggest question is how does he survive all of this? You could say “Because he has magic.” But he gets the crap beat out of him alot! Not to mention the little amount of sleep he gets. Not a complaint, but just curious on how he has made it this far without physical problems along with his mental ones.

The only negative feedback really is in regards to Karrin Murphy, Harry’s police officer friend and kinda-sorta love interest. While she is a fantastic character, and has had some great development in these books, she has changed to the point that it is slightly unbelievable. For example, Harry tells her how he witnessed a teenage boy being executed by the White Council. The woman that got irrationally mad at the slightest infraction of the law early in the series barely got a little red in the face before she shrugged and moved on. At 8 books in and several years worth of story it would be expected that characters have seen some things that changed them in some ways. However, it is hard to believe that something like this would not get Detective Murphy going and raging against Harry for not doing anything about it or bringing it to her attention. She would not have let these crimes just drop off and never mention them. Could she have done anything? No, but she would not have let it go within a few short sentences.

Other character development was better. Michael and his family are back in this book and we find out a lot more about Charity and her past. It was nice to see Harry’s relationship with the Carpenter family develop a little more after they have been absent for several books.

The plot itself was a tad predictable but there were a few good twists.

This book was great but has made any huge leaps in making the series any better than it already is. That is not a bad thing but at the same time stories do need to same shake things up every once in awhile. This was one of those in between books and we still love it!

Greg’s Thoughts

Our review says everything I feel about this book and this series. I will read this all the way until it ends. It is one series I can sink my teeth into! ;) (haha get because there are vampires?)

Rating:

8-really liked it

Dani’s 2¢

All in all, not the best of the series but still good.

The strange emphasis on how a 16 year old wants to jump in bed with Harry threw me off a little. It made sense in the way that it was presented but the way it just kept coming up struck me as a tad…distasteful.

Rating:

7-liked it

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