Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas-a vampire of dubious integrity-only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.
Well Hells Bells.... this is probably my favorite book of the series so far. I listen to James Marsters do the audio version of the book while I drive to and from work, and I never want to stop listening. Not only is James Marsters one of the BEST people to play the voice Harry, he offers something extra to the other characters and make you feel like you are listening to a movie (playing in your head lol). He adds personality to the voices of the other characters and during the action scenes, listening to him describe it (while adding some of his acting skills) really got my adrenaline running.
But enough about James (because I could probably go on forever about him). The plot was fabulous. There were so many twists that literally made me shout with astonishment. I read some of the reviews for this book and was saddened that some people were actually disappointed in Butcher's portrayal of the vampires in the book. I always took it as Butcher portraying the three different stereotypes of vampires in the different courts; undead with the Black Court, sexy/sexual with the White Court, and seemingly human who drink blood (typical) with the Red Court. We get to see a lot more of the White Court and their inner workings in this book which made me kind of happy (mostly because I'm really growing to like Thomas). So much happened that literally made me squeal like a school girl but this pretty much gets the gist across. You can expect many omg moments that will drive you mad :)
As I say with all my reviews of the Dresden Files books (so I won't go into very much here), I love Harry :) I grow more attached to him in this book and also develop a fondness for Murphy and their relationship. He delves into more of who he is and realizes what is really important in life... friends and family. The solitary lone wolf is slowly turning into a pack man (some puns intended). The last thing I will mention with Harry (because it is something I, once again, mention in every review)... Harry is freaking hilarious! And I love it!!
Over all, this book gets a solid 5. I love the Dresden Files and am incredibly happy with James Marsters reading it to me during my commutes. I can't wait to see what else happens to Harry and his "gang" (since sooooo much stuff happened that I couldn't even begin to talk about if I had any hopes of keeping this within the character limit). It makes me happy that Butcher is already on book 13 so I can cut right into the next book :)
The Court's Decision: