Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13)

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...

 I have to admit that I was cautious with this book. The thought of Harry being dead killed me. (pun intended). However, in true Butcher fashion, I was blown away. 

Where do I start... 

First, Harry is brought back as something other than death and is immediately thrown into a battle that even he might not survive. He meets Karrin's father, and is immediately set out to find his killer. Harry is told that if he didn't find the killer, three of his friends would die. 

Some things we see. 

1. We meet Mort again. We get to see more of his world. Including the fact that Mort is more than we know. It is not fully described, but I think that we have not seen the last of the little ectomancer. 
2. Harry has been gone for six months. The world that he and the readers know is gone. 
3. A vacuum was created when the Red Court was destroyed and the foe that takes their place could be more benevolent.  
4. One lesson in these books is that enemies are never dead. Perhaps one of the most vile of those enemies are back. 
5. Bob, oh Bob. When Harry ordered him to hide the evil part of him, Bob decides to sever that part, in turn creating "Evil Bob".
6. Molly is trying to keep the city safe in Harry's absence. She creates an alter ego and is training with Harry's godmother. 
7. Uriel is involved with this. In a BIG way. 
8. There is a scene with Mab at the end....Oh how good the next book will be.....

Here is an image of something that once you read the book, you will appreciate. 


“Star Trek?” I asked her. “Really?”
“What?” she demanded, bending unnaturally black eyebrows together.
“There are two kinds of people in the universe, Molly,” I said. “Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans. This is shocking.”
She sniffed. “This is the post-nerd-closet world, Harry. It’s okay to like both.”
“Blasphemy and lies,” I said.”

“Oh," the girl said, shaking her head. "Don't be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power. Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world. Monsters force us to become stronger, smarter, better. They sift the weak from the strong and provide a forge for the steeling of souls. Even as we curse monsters, we admire them. Seek to become them, in some ways." Her eyes became distant. "There are far, far worse things to be than a monster.”


Until Next Time, 

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