Author: Jim ButcherEdition: UK PaperbackRating: 4 Stars
It's been almost a year since I read a book in the Dresden Files! What is wrong with me? I love this series so much, and have no excuses except that there is not enough time in the day for me to read all the books I would like to.
It's always hard to summarize these books, especially at this point in the series, because I don't want to spoil anything. Quickly: Harry helps out a group of magically talented women who are being picked off one by one and may be pawns in the White Court vampires' game.
This was not my favorite book in the series. The first half was very good and the second half was very good. All of it was very good. It just felt disconnected in the middle, like there were two acts and the cord that tied them together was stretched thin. Normally, Butcher delivers a novel where everything fits together like a perfect puzzle, and while things did make a bunch of sense and it wasn't really disappointing, I'm used to much better connective tissue in this series.
As always, Thomas was my favorite character outside of Harry (because I adore their relationship; and there are some great scenes between them in this one). We finally discover what he's been keeping secret from Harry for a bit (and it well worth waiting for, if you ask me). The character that surprised me the most was Lash, who, up to this point, has been interesting but not really a character I could connect with. I was pleasantly surprised where her character ended up going, too. Another surprise: Carlos Ramirez! I forgot how much I actually really like his character; plus, hinting at a Molly X Carlos relationship? I'm pretty interested to see where that goes or if it's dismissed.
The ending broke me a bit. I can't say which part, but if you've read it, I think you'll be able to figure it out (hint: it's the same reason Harry cries; my eyes teared up quite a bit). It was all wrapped up beautifully, and save for that little bit of disconnect, I liked this book quite a bit. Unfortunately, the next book in the series is the only one I don't actually own, so I need to get it before I can read it.