When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…
13th book! Can you imagine? It’s far most my longest book installment to read and yet I can’t sense a conclusion near future. Just for a one character, a wizard but too wide scope storyline the wonders of scifi I guess.
Anyway, it took me months to wait for this book and the question is was it worth it? Hmmm… This book picks up pretty much as the last book (Changes) ends and from there… uh… 🙂 Okay, six months after his death he returns to Chicago to solve his own murderer. Not much he can do without magic and roaming around in a form of spirit or what they call shadow. Most characters in this book matured with the like of Butters for example (the mortician one) but there is one character in the whole series that I don’t like very much and that character appeared too many times for my liking in this book that makes me want to put it down and skip some phrases because of it. You can’t blame me, let’s face it in a story i’m certain that most of you have a character you hate and love. Heh, I’m one of those.
Moving on, I like the idea of Harry being a spirit or ghost and Jim Butcher brings the hereafter some sort of a scifi-ish thingy. It’s fiction okay. Harry being alone. Harry watching his friends suffer. Harry defenseless. It’s like the total angst of this whole story, there’s a part where you wanted to cry or feel pity for Harry that makes your heart clenched into knots but there are times that I got bored specially the part with the Star Wars and Star Trek reference that has nothing to do with anything. I like both shows but thinking of making a little crossover to it is a big no no. I just don’t get it. Another thing, at the end of the story during Harry’s ordeal that part where …… reminds me of an episode of The X-Files (The Blessing Way) where Mulder lay on a cave with a Navajo elder performing an ancient ceremony to call the spirit back to the empty vessel.
At some point it got me thinking that Harry’s magic (not his magic magic, mind you) somewhat faded on some ways but to end the story Jim Butcher gives another blow that left you hanging but keeps you wanting more. Another twist it is. It’s not as epic as the previous books goes and I’m hoping Butcher pulls it through on the next installment.
“Pain isn’t a lot of fun, at least not for most folks, but it is utterly unique to life. Pain – physical, emotional, and otherwise – is the shadow cast by everything you want out of life, the alternative result you were hoping for, and the inevitable creator of strength. From the pain of our failures we learn to be better, stronger, greater than what wer were before. Pain is there to tell when we’ve done something badly – it’s a teacher, a guide, one that is always there to both warn us of our limitations and challenge us to overcome them.” – Harry Dresden
Jim Butcher’s philosophical way never cease to amaze me.