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White Night (The Dresden Files, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2008
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Starred Review. At the start of Butcher's superlative ninth Dresden Files novel (after 2006's Proven Guilty), hardboiled wizard detective Harry Dresden learns that someone is killing Chicago's minor wizards. Joined by his police friend, Sergeant Murphy, and his Amazonian apprentice, Molly Carpenter, Harry discovers that his brother, Thomas, is a prime suspect. As a Warden of the White Council, at war with both the Red Court of blood-drinking vampires and the White Court of psychic vampires, Harry has to go into action. And there's plenty of that, including a battle with ghouls on the lakefront that turns into a gripping flashback of another encounter with ghouls some years before in New Mexico. The large cast features such finely drawn characters as gangster Gentleman Johnnie Marcone and Harry's first love, Elaine Mallory. This installment is sure to get a lift from The Dresden Files TV series, which debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel in January. Author tour. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* This time, when Harry Dresden gets a call from Murphy, it's off the record, because she has been demoted, things in SI are politically shaky, and the police have already declared a suicide. Once Harry gets a good look, though, the suicide is clearly a murder with magical intent. As he investigates, hoping as always to stop the killer before more die, evidence points to the worst possible suspect: his half brother. In another complicated case, there are a lot of very powerful players, and with the war between the White Council and the Red Court vampires, politics are played hard and fast. In tracking down the killer, Harry manages to catch the attention of the White Court vampires again, too. On top of all that, he is still teaching strong-willed, occasionally impulsive teenager Molly Carpenter, and the teacher-student dynamic is difficult for him. And oh, yes, Lasciel, the demon trapped in a coin Harry has secured under his summoning circle, is a lingering presence. As usual in the Dresden Files, of which this is volume 9, Butcher puts the characters in a lot of danger, creates appalling moral choices for them, and spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry's wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot. Regina Schroeder
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Let's see: some extra-powerful moments with Thomas, Molly, Murphy, Elaine (yes really), Lasciel (hooo boy), Marcone, Lara Raith, Ramirez and the next generation of wizards, and the Conspiracy Behind It All... This is also where you'll find one of Harry's coolest spells (involving a fireball and Lake Michigan), an already-awesome formal duel that goes even more wrong than you'd expect, and possibly Harry's greatest line in the whole series: "Are you kidding? Everyone loves a wise***, as long as he's not talking to them."
If you want to try Harry out with just one book and truly don't mind a few spoilers (there being eight previous books), this is the place to start.
Several characters return for this installment, including potential romantic interest Murphy. Molly Carpenter, Harry's impulsive apprentice, plays a role, as does Thomas himself. Deadly Lara Raith, Thomas's sister and the head of the White Court, returns--but the ultimate reintroduction comes in the form of mob kingpin Gentleman Johnny Marcone. When Johnny and his hired thugs come blasting into the White Court lair to save Harry and fellow wizard Carlos Ramirez from grotesque ghouls released from the Nevernever, it's a bona fide page turner. And, as always, Harry is never far away from an off-the-cuff quip; he may be slicing and dicing relentless waves of ghouls, but he's never going to take things seriously. Also, as always, the novel is furiously paced; Butcher's novels move like a runaway freight train. Look for a surprise ending between the two brothers. In WHITE NIGHT Harry has never been better; this is one fun read that will have readers happily reaching for the next installment.
~D. Mikels, Esq.
The order of the books and a very brief synopsis of each so if you cant remember which one you last read. As I had to look it up when reading them I thought this might be helpful. Warning this has some spoilers but will try and be bland enough you can just figure out where you have read to.
sorry for only limited links amazon only allows 10
Storm Front - First book In which Dresden fights Warlock Victor Sells and saves mob boss Johnny Marcone
Fool Moon – Second book in which Dresden fights FBI hexen wolves and Macfinn (werewolf)
Grave Peril– Third book in which Dresden unwittingly sets off a war between the Red court and the white council
Summer Knight– fourth book in which Dresden as emissary to the white court secures passage for the white council in the lands of winter
Death Masks– Fifth book in which Dresden fights a duel in wriggly field(to a draw...) One of my favorite parts of this series is in this book when Ebeneezer lands a satellite on the red court in retaliation for cheating.
Blood Rites – Sixth book in which Raith is overthrown by his daughter who uses him as a puppet.
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7) – Seventh book in which Dresden uses a zombiefied T-Rex to save the day. (trust me you’d remember)
Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, Book 8) – Eighth book in which harry takes molly as his aprentice to save her from certain death at the hands of the Merlin.
White Night (The Dresden Files, Book 9)– Ninth book in which Dresden fights a duel in the white courts(vampires) caves to protect fledgling practitioners of the arts.
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) – Tenth Book in which Dresden accidentally sets up the archive to be kidnapped but manages to free her with some subtle nudging from Queen MAB. (Also sends the elder gruff on a mission to go get a donut)
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)– Eleventh Book in which dresden is forced by his convictions to help Warden Morgan, Anyway Morgan dies an Honorable death or some such thing.
Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files – Twelfth book in which Dreden kills the entire red court by turning their spell around on them. (oh also he has a kid) This book ends with him being shot.
Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files – Thirteenth book in which Dresden runs around in the form of a Ghost thinking hes dead.
Cold Days (Dresden Files) – Fourteenth book In Which molly gets the mantle of the winter lady.
Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files – fifteenth book in which Dresden “Robs” the Vault of Hades.
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