Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Book number 10. Here we are where Harry must stop some big bad evil…again.
This time the mob boss Marcone gets kidnapped and it is Harry’s job to find out why. In every series as long as this one there are of course going to tend to be a few that feel like filler stories. Dresden has had few of these, but at the same time has had some exciting ones. This one unfortunately was one of the former. The enemies are ones we have seen before and, while dangerous, there is just nothing really new to make it interesting. The plot is different but overall not that interesting.
While there were new enemies, they were annoying and showed up every 5 minutes. Not sure if Harry got any sleep at all in this one. The action is pretty non stop. It feels like this book didn’t have a chance to catch it’s breath and breathe. There is so much of nothing going on in this book it was like we needed the action seem to just to pretend like there was a plot. One moment he is fighting goat monsters, and then 5 seconds later, slimy blind demons come after him. Then he is at a meeting where some talking will be done and it turns into another huge fight. That the action is bad, but it would be nice to get a few moments to breath every now and then.
That all being said this is still a Harry Dresden book. It has all the lovable charm and wit that Jim Butcher always puts into his work. Murphy seemed more like herself in this one too. When all the magical stuff started going down, she put her foot down always do stated that she was not going to let anything get in her way of doing her job, that includes Harry. This was a welcome change and hopefully it stays.
This was one of the slow books for Butcher. The bad guys were rehashed. The plot was boring and the plot got squeezed in where it could instead of the usual way Butcher does it. Overall though it is still a Dresden book. While that does not forgive it for its mistakes, it is still a good time when you hear/read Harry say, ” Fuego!”.
Not gonna lie, I may have read just a little over half of this book and then had Greg give me the Cliff Notes version of what happened in the last half. I was just so bored through so much of it!