Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 424 pages
Setting: Chicago, present day
Interest: It’s book seven in the Dresden Files series
Summary: Mavra, the Queen of the Red Court, blackmails Harry into finding the recently discovered Word of Hemmler. Hemmler was a brilliantly mad necromancer, destroyed by the While Council. Three of Hemmler’s disciples descend on Chicago, bent on finding the book and completing a rite on Halloween night to turn themself into a God with necromatic power. Harry takes it upon himself to stop them, even if he isn’t as powerful as these other wizards. He succeeds, but only by getting help from Lasciel, a Fallen Angel who’s coin he touched in a previous book. Harry brings in help in the form of Wardens, whose numbers are sadly depleted after a major offensive by vampires. Harry’s even recruited to become a Warden.
Final thoughts: A bit slow to start, but once it did, Harry was off and running, getting horribly beat up as he tries to do the right thing and keep Chicago safe. My favorite part was when Harry reanimated Sue, the T. rex skeleton, and rode it through Chicago. It again demonstrated Harry’s ability to think outside the box to get what he needed done without breaking the letter of the law (you can’t reanimate people, and animals aren’t usually worth it, but old things are more powerful). Murphy wasn’t in this story, which was a little disappointing. Instead, we had Butters, Harry’s forensic pathologist friend who played polka and was afraid of everything. Butters managed to overcome his fears, and help Harry defeat the evil wizards.
Title comes from: The evil wizards were necromancers raising the dead. You have to keep a steady beat going in order to control the zombies.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 71/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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