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Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked and left struggling with the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Now, she needs Harry's help. Harry's enemies have found the secret she has hidden for so long, and he will have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power.

Because this time, he's fighting to save his child.




Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The fast-paced and compelling 12th book in Butcher's bestselling series (after 2009's Turn Coat) is aptly titled. Beginning with the revelation that wizard detective Harry Dresden has a daughter, Butcher throws one high-stakes curveball after another at his hero. Harry's ex-girlfriend, Susan Rodriguez, discloses young Maggie's existence after vampire Red Court duchess Arianna Ortega kidnaps the child. Ortega holds Harry responsible for the death of her husband and is planning to offer Maggie as a human sacrifice. With a fragile peace in place between the Red Court and the White Council of wizards, Harry is unable to count on them for support in his rescue mission, and he must compromise almost everything he believes in to save his daughter. Butcher is deft at relieving some of the tension and grimness with bursts of gallows humor that keep readers coming back for more. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* The twelfth Dresden Files novel (following Turncoat, 2009) finds the licensed PI and professional wizard Harry Dresden confronted with some shocking news: he has an eight-year-old daughter, and she’s been kidnapped by Red Court vampires. Harry is willing to risk everything to rescue her, even if it means turning his own life upside down. At more than 500 pages, this is one the longest books in the series, but it doesn’t move slowly; in fact, the entire novel takes place over only a few days as Harry races to rescue his daughter before she is sacrificed in a powerful black-magic rite. The taut and sometimes twisty plot is full of surprises and changes for Harry and his friends and family. Changes is a compelling installment in what continues to be an outstanding series. All the regulars (including cop Murphy; Harry’s half brother, vampire Thomas; Sanya the Knight; and Harry’s apprentice, Molly) are featured, as they, too, risk everything to save Harry’s daughter. After the cliff-hanger ending, readers will be clamoring for the next book. A can’t-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published. --Jessica Moyer

Product Details

  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841497134
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030DHPAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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259 of 265 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a season finale. April 5, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Book lives up to title. Read it expecting that almost anything, no matter how much of a constant it's been over the past eleven books, might be altered, revised, or destroyed. Any given plotline you've been waiting for Butcher to move forward or develop, there's good odds you'll find out more here, and more than one multiple-book plot thread finds its end.

Butcher is at the top of his game here, and it may be the best overall book in the series to date; from the very first line -- "I answered the phone, and Susan Rodriguez said, 'They've taken our daughter[,]'" -- the book moves at a page-tearing clip, and I read it pacing back and forth in my living room, so wholly and obviously absorbed that my girlfriend gave me the night off from household chores ("Sorry I haven't done the dishes, dear. I can't. Book." "I know. It's okay.")

Butcher's spent the past eleven books developing Harry's character, establishing his hunger for family, his devotion to saving innocents, especially children, and his willingness to burn the world in order to do the right thing, regardless of cost; he's also balanced Harry on the knife's edge of several different horrible temptations, and shown that Harry's passion has the potential to lead him very badly astray. This book drops Harry onto that knife edge and then hits him with a truck, and much of the tension in the book comes from watching Harry discover just how many moral and emotional lines he is, after all, willing to cross, and how many irrevocable steps he's willing to take, in order to save his daughter.
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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Just when you thought Harry Dresden had every problem a wizard could have, a new one appears.

And his problems pile up like so many skulls in the twelfth book of the Dresden Files series, which is appropriately titled "Changes." Jim Butcher's quirky sense of humor is still in place ("Ick! My lips touched dog lips!"), but this is definitely a darker twist in the series -- and Butcher seems intent on diving down into a place that's far darker, bloodier and scarier than most urban fantasy authors can even dream of.

Harry is understandably shocked when his ex-girlfriend Susan tells him that their daughter has been abducted by Duchess Arianna Ortega, a vampire of the Red Court who has a personal grudge against him. After all, he didn't even know he HAD a daughter. To make matters even worse, the supernatural world is on the verge of imploding because of the Red Court's war with the White Council, which means that Harry can't depend on his own kind for any actual help.

And what's more, Harry's being bombarded by assassins, giant Mayan demons, and hordes of Red Court vampires out to destroy/vampirize him. He has to gather as many allies as possible before Arianna puts her lethal plan into effect, and he might have to sacrifice his morals to do so. But even then, an all-out assault on the Red Court in their own territory will tax Harry and his little fellowship to the limits -- and will tear away even more of what he loves.

"Changes" is a painfully appropriate name for this book. Just about everything you know in the Dresden Files series changes here -- the enemies, the allies, the politics, the devastating losses and even the war against the Red Court.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes Review April 2, 2010
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No spoilers in this review, but Wow! Just wow!

On the first page of this book we learn exactly what Harry Dresden's mission and prime focus is going be. Throughout Changes the characters we know and love appear, but the conversations they could/should and probably will have with Harry one day often don't eventuate, because there simply isn't time. Harry has his mission and one sole focus and his friends are either with him or not. There is no time for deep discussions or reflections.

The changes, questions and possibilities accumulate in this book, not just for Harry but for all the characters. I can't wait to see which avenues Jim Butcher will explore now that so many more have opened up. But fans may also be surprised at some of the Dresden familiarities that come to an end.

The final 20 - 25% of this book especially impressed me. It was building up to a huge climax and it certainly didn't disappoint, but we are provided with many surprise twists rather than just one big fight at the end.

There is one particularly enormous WHOA! moment that I guarantee nobody will be expecting.

A wonderful book, a crucial pivot point in the Dresdenverse and after I've taken stock and recharged the kindle I'm off to read it again to see what I missed.

Is it April 2011 yet?
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71 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
CHANGES, the twelfth installment in the Dresden Files wizard-for-hire series, is an over-the-top, busy, noisy, violent affair. It begins with a bombshell revelation -- that Harry has an 8-year-old daughter he never knew about, and that she's been kidnapped by vampires, then builds up to a Faustian bargain it's hard to believe that Harry would ever make, and culminates in an extended battle that makes "Avatar" seem like "My Dinner with Andre".

Of course, there's more to CHANGES than whiz-bang action. Harry learns more about moving between one place and another in our world via the Nevernever (where the faeries live), which is interesting, and he outsmarts a powerful magical beast in a battle of wits, which is amusing. He has a frustrating encounter with the White Council, which looks increasingly like Harry Potter's head-in-the-sand Ministry of Magic. He also gets pummeled by unexpected revelations, like the fact that a close associate is actually a relative, and major setbacks, including the loss of a great deal that is dear to him.

What happens to Harry in CHANGES is the culmination of something that has been brewing for a while in the Dresden Files world. In the beginning, Harry Dresden was a wise-cracking hard-boiled wizard-detective, a loose adaptation of noir gumshoes Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. His adventures were mostly confined to his home city of Chicago and to its dark underbelly of gangsters and ghouls. He was just a regular guy with a sharp tongue, a bruised ego, and an empty bank account. Butcher might originally have set out to write a long series of wizard-detective novels where little changed from book to book aside from the specific mystery and the bad guy, but it's kind of hard to keep that sort of thing fresh after 5 or 10 books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jim Butcher
I love Jim Butcher, and I love the Dredsen Series. This is my 2nd time reading the books. He's one of my favorite authors. And I just love Harry, he' s awesome!
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story with action and Mystery
Published 6 days ago by Hameed Ali Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars "The only certain thing in life is change. Most of my changes lately,...
In any series of books there is an ebb and flow, some stories stronger than others. _Changes_ is among the better Harry Dresden books. Read more
Published 13 days ago by doc peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars End of one story line and the beginning of a new one.
Once again Jim Butcher keeps you on the edge of your seat as you read this story.
This is a must read for fans.
Published 17 days ago by Eric Krimmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
Great read with so many twists and turns it keeps you reading even when you should sleep. Butcher's created such a rich tapestry of characters with so many dynamics you just can't... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Crystal archer
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked his Dresden books before
But now that he is so deep into the fairie stuff I have lost interest. Really liked his first 6 books or so but now...
Published 21 days ago by La Ducky
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry it took me so long to read it
I started reading this book a long time ago, but put it away for some reason or other. I picked it up again last weekend and was thrilled with it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Stephanie G. Buchler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!
I've been working my way through the Dresden Files series and have enjoyed most quite a bit, but this one is exceptional. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow, talk about changes! This was an excellent book and a crazy ending. I loved it. I just recently found Jim Butcher, I would recommend him to anyone!
Published 25 days ago by Katie Landorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read
Continues the tradition. Eagerly awaiting the next. Wether it is nobler of the mind to suffer the slings and arrows......
Published 1 month ago by E. K. Rodgers
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More About the Author

Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--
the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight,
he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every
book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and
the Lord of the Rings to his count.

So he was pretty much doomed from the start.

Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly
eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding,
stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery,
martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role-
playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and
eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other
up with boffer weapons.

So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and
frequently does.

He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and
horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until,
just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every
piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design
stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for
about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it
produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways.
The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.

She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on
writing.

Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of
live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition
riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly
ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch
doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in
the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.

He also writes books occasionally.

Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera.
He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in
Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer
Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league),
his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

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I can fully understand Penguin's desire to make $$ on the novels they publish. That is the business they are in. However, for weeks the hard cover was being sold for $9.99 on Amazon and when the Kindle version came out it was $12.99. I would think that they would make more money selling an... Read More
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wtf!!!! the kindle edition of this book just disappeared today!!!
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Molly
I could see it happening SOMEDAY, maybe at the end of the series. Not now since she's still a teen (I think?) and he still thinks of her in an avuncular way. Wizards live quite some time, so it's entire possible...

It would be sort of funny in an ironic way if Charity ended up with Harry as a... Read More
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Kindle price?
Actually, I was reading an article that it wasn't necessarily Amazon or Jim that made the decision for the price of the book. Instead it was the publisher that was forcing Amazon to charge these prices for their e-books. Personally, I think they should drop the price on e-books to say .99 cents... Read More
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A new kindle edition is now online
It's purely an attempt at profiteering on the part of Penguin Books. It costs a fair amount of money to produce a book in print, especially in hardcover. There are costs associated with the materials (paper, ink, glue, cover boards, binding fabric, cover fabric), with packaging for shipment... Read More
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