Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry’s not fighting to save the world… He’s fighting to save his child.
Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 6th, 2010
Harry Dresden returns for the 12th time and this time Jim Butcher is not pulling any punches. Susan, Harry’s old flame, returns with news that the vampires has kidnapped someone whose disappearance Harry will care about very much.
Jim Butcher has said that this is the half way point in the series. He has planned only seven to ten books left in the series. This shows in that this is the first iteration of the series that has taken huge risk. To clarify, there are some very large, very spoilery things that happen in this book. In every chapter something unexpected happens and changes the story in irreversible ways.
Now don’t get it wrong, this is still a Dresden book and it does follow its normal formula to a point. Harry gets a new case, gets attacked, swears about bad guy, complains about his non-existent sex life (which is kind of ironic now), and then even though he is half dead he goes in and kicks ass. Formula is not necessarily a bad thing but Butcher does change up how some of the plot develops. This was a breath of fresh air due to how stale this series could be at times.
Overall, Changes is a turning point that kept us wanting more. It is unforgivable in its delivery and leaves you asking,” Wait, really?” If you are a fan of this series this will one you don’t want to miss out on.
There is so much I want to get into that would ruin the book for you. I couldn’t shut up about this one that I’m sure I annoyed my co workers with it. Changes brought some real fresh air to this series. I wasn’t getting bored with it but every book was feeling like a filler episode in a TV series. Fun but no real consequences were engaged. This gets me excited for the rest of the series and to see how this story ends. While there are some surprises, it’s Harry Dresden and it follows it normal forumla. I wish there was a way to break that cycle and switch it up but at the same time it’s what I love about the series. I know I’m only slightly picky, right?
I keep kind of comparing in my mind this series to Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series (because they are both really long-standing series and they are both paranormal/urban fantasy). Where Anita Blake took a nose-dive in quality the deeper it got into the series, I really think that the Dresden Files are about to improve exponentially (I say “about to” even though I still have a few more books to go until I am caught up with the series…). The entire game was changed with this book.
So yeah, things happened in this book. Those final few chapters were absolutely amazing and I am really interested to see how this effects the rest of the series.