Wednesday, January 1, 2014

White Night (The Dresden Files #9)

All is fair in love and war. Several of the reviews that I have read, give this book three or less stars. Several mention, Harry's attitude and actions as sexist and they have had enough. Also, there are mentions of Harry's sex life as a negative.

I am here to tell you, that both of these facts above are two of the traits that make Harry, well, Harry. I admit, some of his characteristics are irritating and simple. However, when have we ever met someone that has not irked us in some way?

This book is a continuation of the growing, dark conspiracy to bring down the White Council. I have to admit, I have my suspicions but no solid leads. I am sure there have been clues left by Jim on the identity of everyone involved, but I don't know.

This book focuses on a plan to shake up the White Court and get them to the sides of the Red Vampires. Oh what a web we weave.

We get the following tidbits of goodies.

1. Harry and Molly and their mentorship finally develops.
2. There is a budding society where the females that have the potential to produce wizard young are being killed.
3. A couple old foes come back...they use the deaths of the women as a cover to attack the White King.
4. Thomas...we finally found out what he is up to. His secret is worth the reading of this book.
5. Thomas' sister. Oh what a devil she is.
6. Marcone. I have a good feeling after what happens in this book that we will see a lot more of him.
7. Harry's sister comes back. Again.
8. Harry finds an alley in the White Council.
9. A band of ghouls...many many ghouls.
10. The demon inside Harry...Oh she is something.

Where are we going next.... Cannot wait!!!


“Anger is just anger. It isn't good. It isn't bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It's like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice."

Constructive anger," the demon said, her voice dripping sarcasm.

Also known as passion," I said quietly. "Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more beautiful.” 

“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.”

“And at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life as they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you are very, very lucky, there are a few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.”


Until Next Time, 

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