Rating 5 out 5
Note: If you have not read the other ten books there maybe small (tiny) spoilers in this post. I have done my best not to reveal any major plot developments or give anything for those who have read the series but not this book yet.
Harry is back. When Warden Morgan collapses bloodied and bruised begging Harry for assistance in proving his innocence, Harry accepts. Only thing is Morgan is accused of killing a White Council member and the evidence is pretty strong. Not only that but there is a super nasty creature in town that seems to be focused on Harry. Can Harry prove Morgans innocence in time before he is sentenced to death?
Wow another roller coaster of a book. While a lot of other series start getting a little stale by around book ten The Dresden series I feel is one of the few exceptions. This one is pretty much explosive from start to finish with only a few moments to catch your breath,and have a laugh before Harry is off destroying something new (to be fair he is usually only destroying something to save someone).
“Up until that moment, I’d been labouring under the misapprehension that the splitting pain in my skull would be the worst thing to happen to me today”
This book focuses more on the White Council and we learn a lot about the inner workings and the politics surrounding the Council. For me the White Council seems to operate somewhere between a Democracy and Monarchy from what I could see, so would that make it a Demoarchy? The White Council is not as simple as I first thought it was.
There was no Michael in this story which is disappointing. I really like Michael and thought he was the ying to Harry’s yang. Molly though seems to be developing nicely and will be an interesting character over the next books. As always Moose is there being a strong and silent presence, while occasionally being the smartest being in the room. I really enjoyed learning more about Morgan, that perhaps he is not completely the mean bastard he seems to be, or at the very least there is a reason why he is.
Finally the ending left you thinking "Oh my leaping gragoyles in red knickerbockers!". Okay maby not quite that phrase, but you get the picture. I am not kidding the ending was probably the best of the whole series.
I am not sure if Jim Butcher has every book planned out (a la JK Rowling) or wether he has a bigger picture that he ties his stories into. Either way if he can keep up the same enjoyment level I do not think I will ever get tired of this series.
For a sample chapter of Turn Coat head over to jim-butcher.com . You can also find sample chapters to all his books.