For Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey poo, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there is something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister entropy curse, but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.
Harry is doubly frustrated because he got involved with this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas’ oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking secret; a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever. -Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5
If I didn’t know that the series only gets better from here, and that this is the last book that’s a bit meh, I would stop reading The Dresden Files right now. Even now, I think I might need a week or so to take a break from it. It took me five days to read this – that’s two days longer than my average for this series!
That isn’t to say that I hated everything about this book, so I’m going to try and keep to the positives!
We saw more of Murphy (to those who have read the book – not like that!) – she’s an awesome character and I said in my Storm Front review that her character being side-lined is a real shame as she could have a lot to offer. I was so right!
The reveals in this entry were great, and despite giving me answers to questions I didn’t even know I had, the book continued to add more hints at what is to come, or might be important, in the future books. Those hints alone kept me from putting the book down.
I love how with every book we learn more about two main things: one is Harry’s past, and some of the things we learn he never knew himself. This was the only bit of character development he seemed to have in this book, but it was great all the same. The second thing is worldbuilding. It’s hard to create a fantasy world in an urban fantasy book that is inspired by pulp detective novels, but Butcher has found a way around that and is doing an amazing job.
The humour is still there, and it rarely doesn’t make me at least smile. The opening scene is a bit over the top, but Butcher embraces it and I laughed when the flaming monkey poo was thrown as Harry carried a basket of puppies.
I have a few theories about what might happen, but I’ll keep this all spoiler free and keep them to myself! I think some hints about certain things were supposed to be obvious enough to keep you reading onto the next book.
Overall, I hope that the fans of this series are right, and that the series never gets as low as this book again. It was a steep cliff for me to get up as I wasn’t massively into the first three books of The Dresden Files, but there were enough elements to keep me reading. Now I want to see more of what I love about these books and little to none of the slowness of the plot or flatness of the characters that I hate.