- Harry’s job this book is to figure out why the Summer & Winter Courts (Faerie) aren’t going to war with the Red Court (vampires), find out why there’s a new source of Black magic in Chicago, and help Molly from going “bad”. Movie monsters are coming to life at a horror movie convention. The Fae courts are going to war, because their Power is out of balance! Harry fights the movie monsters, gets kidnapped, escapes. Meanwhile the Carpenter house was attacked, and Molly taken by more movie monsters. Harry and crew go to the heart of Winter to rescue Molly, and realized they’ve been tricked into distracting Winter (by the Lady of Summer). Molly has magic, and turns herself over to the White Council, who don’t execute her, as long as Harry trains her. Murphy gets demoted.
- “I got the sneaking suspicion that the vampire was a couple of Peeps short of an Easter basket.” -Harry
- “Suffer not a witch to live” Someone’s killing minor practitioners and making it look like suicides. Witches are disappearing with a man who looks remarkably like Harry (but it’s not). HArry tracks Grey Cloak, and finds out he’s working with a vampire. Some of the disappeared witches are safe (hidden by Thomas on his boat). Harry & crew battle some vampires. Harry wins.
- “Nothing like a nightmarish near-death experience to make you appreciate the little things in life, like cleanliness. And not being dead.”
- Harry & the Carpenters get attacked by some Gruffs (Summer Fae enforcers). There’s also chaotic magic afoot. Harry runs into Queen Mab (Winter), who “asks” him to protect Marcone. Harry ends up at a safe house belonging to Marcone, and finds Hendricks & Gard (who is wounded) there, they get attacked by some Denarians. They escape, and go to the Carpenter house, where Micheal will hide them for the time being. There is a War Council and Ivy & Luccio are coming to town. They also recovered one of the Denarian silver pieces. Murphy saves Harry’s ass from a Gruff, and he agrees to include her in the mission to rescue Marcone. Harry has to go to Union station to get some blood samples Gard was storing there, he takes Michael & Mouse. They get attacked by some Hobbs and the biggest Gruff. Everyone gets out! Including Ivy, Kincaid, and Luccio. Harry has a meet with the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium, shenanigans ensue, Ivy gets captured. Harry realizes his blasting rod is lost. The crew goes to a meet with the Denarians on a deserted island in Lake Michigan. Oh… the Knights of the Cross are in town, and Micheal is severely wounded. Harry has a guardian angel. Mab mind fucked Harry, but returned his rod.
- “I’m not really sure where He stands on the Harry Dresden issue, and as a result my theological stance has been pretty simple: I try not to get noticed by anything Godly, godly, or god-ish. I think we’re all happier that way.”
- Morgan’s on the run from the White Council and comes to Harry in desperate need of help. He’s been accused of murdering a Senior Council member. There’s a Skin Walker in town, and HArry is severely disturbed when he looks at it with his Sight. The Alphas get hurt helping Harry fight the Skin Walker. Harry goes to a night club, gets hassled by Madeline Raith, then by Luccio (she thinks Morgan still wants to kill Harry). Harry enlisted the crew for help, including Murphy, Thomas & Molly, they take Morgan to a secret hideout, and it gets discovered by a bad guy. Thomas disappears while they’re all escaping. Binder gets taken downtown to the police station. Harry needs more power, so he performs a gnarly spell on the mysterious island in Lake Michigan, and names the spirit there Demonreach. Harry calls all the bad guys (including the White Council) to the island for negotiations. Something bad happens. Later, Harry finds the traitor in the WC who framed Morgan. The traitor escapes, and almost kills Harry. Morgan sacrifices himself to save Harry. Cristos wins the Senior Council seat because it was rigged by the Merlin to prevent a fight within the council. McCoy and Harry are quietly dredging up support in their fight against the Black Council, and now call themselves the Grey Council. Thomas was tortured by the Skin walker and has given in to his inner demon.
- “You,” Madeline said, her voice hollow and wheezing, “are like a bad case of herpes, wizard. You’re inconvenient, embarrassing, no real threat, and you simply will not go away.”
- Susan and Harry have a daughter (Maggie)! She got kidnapped by the Red Court vampires. They blow up Harry’s office building, right after they attack Harry, Susan, and Martin. Harry goes to the White Council for help, but the Red Court duchess is there making a peace treaty, and the council won’t help him. Harry is implicated in th bombing of his building, and the FBI search his apartment. His mother left him a magical “map” through the Ways of the Nevernever. After some investigation Harry winds up going to see Odin (yes, the god). It’s discover that the Red Court is using Maggie to start a bloodline curse. While staking out Rudolph’s house Harry& friends get attacked by the Eebs, and an “Ick”, later the Eebs bomb Harry’s apartment, and Harry breaks his back saving the neighbors. He does something very desperate for help. Susan gets arrested, Harry goes to the FBI building to “rescue” her, there’s another Red Court attack. Harry & Susan win a fight against them in the Nevernever. Back in Chicago, HArry & friends get ready to go save Maggie. There’s a HUGE FIGHT, and all three Swords of the Cross are involved. I’m not saying any more because this is an awesome fight, and you really need to read it, I’ve already spoiled enough of the book!
- “You don’t take your cat with you when you go bird shopping. Not because your cat isn’t polite, but because he’s a cat.”
- Harry’s in the In-between, not alive but not dead either… His friends are barely holding it together. Molly’s gone off the deep end. He needs to figure out who killed him, and keep all his friends safe. Mort’s helping im as much as possible. Harry finds out he knows his killer. Corpsetaker is the super bad guy, and she/ he/ it has kidnapped Mort. To save everyone, Corpsetaker and Molly battle for Molly’s Mind. Harry helps. Eventually he has flashbacks and remembers his death. Uriel (the angel) shows HArry all his loved ones, so he can “move on”. He wakes up on Demonreach being cared for by Mab.
- This was least favorite Dresden book, so far. I don’t feel like spending too much time on it. I’m not sure what my issue is with this particular book, but even reading it the second time, I’m just not thrilled with it. Maybe it’s because I liked Changes so much, this book felt like a bit of a let-down.
- It was never too late to learn something. The past is unalterable in any event. The future is the only thing we can change. Learning the lessons of the past is the only way to shape the present and the future.”
People I love. I mean, I like them all (for the most part), but I’m particularly fond of:
- Harry. Obviously. I enjoy that Butcher isn’t afraid to let him “grow up” and change. I love his sarcasm, and the chivalry… I don’t find it to be chauvinistic at all, but I know some people do. I enjoy Harry’s “Old Fashioned” ways.
- Bob. He’s a horny air spirit stuck in a skull, with a sense of humor, forced to do the bidding of whoever possesses him. whats not to like!?
- Michael, Molly and the Carpenter family. Their Faith is a really great addition to the overall story, I feel like Michael balances Harry’s dark side. I like seeing Molly develop emotionally along with her magic.
- Marcone. He’s a “bad” guy, heartless while running the Mafia, with a stong honor code and a soft spot for kids.
- Toot-Toot. How can you dislike a pizza-loving Farie who leads the “Za Lord”‘s army and cleans the apartment?
- Butters. He’s a coward, but still manages to be there to patch up Harry and the crew.
- Morgan. He’s a good guy, a stickler for the rules, who dislikes Harry. By his end, he sacrifices himself to save the person
he most dislikes.
- Mouse is a dog with Foo ancestors, the ability to detect supernaturals, the ability to comprehend speech and emotions, who scares the crap out of Vampires and the Fae. I want one!
- Mister is a typical self obsessed cat except he’s slighty smaller than a mountain lion.