Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 479 pages
Setting: Chicago, after the events of Dead Beat
Interest: It’s the eighth Dresden Files book and I’m slowly making my way through the series. Mr. Curiosity is also reading the series (much faster than I am) and he happened to be at this book as well, so we shared it.
Summary: As per usual, Harry is busy putting out many magical fires. A phobophage (a fear-eater) or several has set up shop at a horror convention running in town. One of the people involved is Molly, the eldest daughter of Michael and Charity. Harry’s been avoiding them ever since he touched one of the cursed denarii, but he’s drawn back to the family. Molly is taken to Mab’s Winter Palace in Faerie by the phobophages. With the covert help of the Summer Lady and Summer Knight, Harry leads a party to rescue Molly. He also brings the armies of Winter away from the borders of Summer so the Summer Fae are able to go to the aid of the Council in their fight against the Red Council vampires. Harry discovers Molly’s a mage who has slipped into mind control, defined as black magic and therefore a death sentence. Harry convinces the White Council he’ll teach Molly and be personally responsible for any more slips into black magic. Harry’s also convinced there’s a big bad orchestrating and powering up the bad guys of Chicago.
Final thoughts: Poor Harry – when it rains, it certainly pours problems for him. It’s a good thing wizards heal quickly or he’d die of internal injuries with all the fighting. It’s also a good thing that Harry has friends that stand by him in difficult metaphysical situations. Poor Murphy got busted down from SID leadership by following Harry into Faerie. I wonder what will happen to the department now that she’s not in control, considering not too many other officers even believe in magic. At least someone who has experience with the supernatural got put in charge.
I was glad to see Harry make up with Michael. I like him and his faith and how it fits into a world with magic and Faerie and other supernatural beings. Of course, even Michael has given Harry a task – to figure out how to pass on one of the holy swords. The book was certainly a rollicking good adventure with so much happening I start to wonder when the people have time to sneak in food or sleep. There is a throughline story around all the latest monster fighting. Harry is learning politics and how to maneuver to get what he wants from the White Council. It also seems there’s something bigger out there trying to take out the good guys.
Title comes from: Harry is now a Warden, which means he takes part in White Council rulings. The book begins with a young mage being proven guilty of black magic and summarily executed.
Reading challenges fulfilled: #54 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge, and a P in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge
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