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…
Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2007
Here we are again. Another murderer is on the loose and we have the great Harry Dresden to stop them. This time, Wiccans are committing suicide… or are they? Harry finds a clue that shows a killer may be calling him out by murdering women. Will Harry be able to stop the deaths? Find out in Wight Night!
This feels like an episode of a late night supernatural episode, and that is not a bad thing. While the story can be predictable at times, Harry is enough of an engaging character. He is a man that made mistakes and is just trying to protect innocent people. When he became a Warden (magical cop) he didn’t realize his status would scare away his fellow wizards. The Wardens only show up when someone has done something wrong. Seeing him, the good guy, be pushed aside hurts and you feel for him.
This book saw a disappointing end to the plotline with Laschiel. This plotline has spanned across several books now and really seemed like it was going somewhere, but then abruptly ends here in book 9 in a kind of small way. It almost makes us think that Butcher maybe intended to take the series in another direction but changed his mind and the story with Laschiel no longer had a place. Maybe it will lead to more later on, but we can’t speculate too much without spoilers.
This was another fun adventure that Jim Butcher seems to be getting better and better at. If the rest of this series continues the way the last five books have, then we have a lot to look forward to.
I think have said the same thing for the last few books. It just keeps getting better. I could see these books getting stale, but every one has a fresh new situation or problem. In this one Harry has a apprentice and it helps him with his own magic because he has to go back to basics in order to teach them.
When we were discussing this book, Dani brought up a good point that we could map this story by when Harry got laid, because in this book especially, he mentions it a lot. Not to mention the sexual tension between him and Murphy that you can cut with a knife.
Any book that has an epic battle scene involving ghouls has to be good right?! And it is, this is a solid installment in the series.
There are some smaller elements that keep getting repeated though that I have been able to ignore before but I really hope are done away with soon. They’re all pretty small things, stuff like Harry feeling the need to bring up how long it has been since he’s had sex. I know, he’s a man, he’s got testosterone raging through him, and guys think about these things. But seriously, I can probably plot the timeline of this series based on how long Harry says it’s been since he has had sex. Which thinking about it is maybe why it comes up so often…but there have to be better ways.
There’s also things like the way that every time Harry goes to McNally’s pub we are treated to a long discussion of why it is significant which we have been reminded of in every single book (I don’t know of anyone that is jumping into a series at book 9 so it is really unnecessary and gets in the way at this point). It is also starting to bother me how much Harry brings up that he hates to see women hurt. That’s not a bad quality and, while I know it has turned some readers off because it is vaguely sexist, it didn’t matter much to me in the early books. At this point though, I am just tired of hearing about it.
Long story short, I enjoyed this book but I started making notes while reading it to compile a list of rules for a Dresden Files Drinking Game.