This is the ninth book in the Dresden Files series I’m making an effort to finish this year. There’s 15 books in the series, though, so we’ll see if I finish the series this year or not.
Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 404 pages
Setting: Chicago, present day, a year after the events of Proven Guilty
Summary: Harry is called in to help Murphy investigate some suspicious-looking suicides. Turns out at least some of them were caused by a magic-wielder, and the victims were also low-level magic users. Hatty comes back into contact with Elaine (raised as his sister by a warlock trying to them both as shock troops for his empire) who was hired to help keep the women of the Ordo Lebes safe. Turn out, one of the White Court vampire factions is targeting the women to prove to their King they don’t need peace with the White Council. Another faction gets involved to take down Harry. Harry’s having none of that, so he and Ramirez, another Warden, challenge the two vampires to a duel at a meeting of the vampire court. The wizards are winning until one of the vampires opens a door into the Nevernever and brings out some uber-ghouls. Of course, Harry has a back-up plan as well (some of which involves C-4 in the cave). Even so, he only barely escapes with his life.
Final thoughts: I forgot how much I enjoy the Dresden Files books. Once I picked the book up, I didn’t want to put the book down – the action is relentless. One of the things I like about the Dresden Files is Butcher always makes sure Harry has time to eat and sleep. The events only happen over a few days, so it’s possible to deal with that level of excitement over such a short time without the body shutting down. It’s one of my pet peeves when the action is so nonstop that I start to wonder when the person has time to eat, sleep or use the bathroom. I also sense the implication that the books are only written about the exciting moments of Harry’s life and in between, his life is pretty boring.
Even though the book is built around the latest Big Bad (in this case, who is killing the magical women), there is an ongoing thread of a series plot. Harry is still training his new apprentice, trying to deal with Lasciel (although that may have been taken care of), and figure out who the Black Council is. Harry did bring in some support in the form of Ramirez, who also twigged to the fact there’s a group working against the White Council. We do see some old characters, like Marcone and Lara and of course, Mouse. My favorite scene of the book is probably the last scene between Harry and his brother Thomas – it is so sweet and light after all the gore of the previous bit. A perfect way to end the book. I’m definitely going to read the next book in the series soon (Mr. Curiosity has already read it) and I highly recommend the whole series.
Title comes from: I was convinced the book was titled White Knight, and Harry was the white knight, come to save the day. Turns out, I had the wrong night/knight. The book titles follow convention more than meaning, but Harry was fighting members of the White Court of vampires.
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #15 for the year, a W in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge, and #4 in my Finish the Series Challenge
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