There were only four books in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files when I started reading the series. I loved the books, and whipped through them when I read them. However, Changes, the twelfth book, is one to be savored for every detail of Harry Dresden's tortured life. Who knows how long Harry can survive everything that is thrown at him? Changes is the best book in the series.
It truly is a time of changes for the only wizard in the Chicago yellow pages. Susan Rodriguez shows up on Harry's doorstep, asking for his help. It seems Harry's ex-lover, who vanished in South America after vampires of the Red Court infected her with blood lust, has a daughter. That little girl, Harry's daughter, has been kidnapped by Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court. Susan and Harry both know that Maggie is a powerful tool for Arianna to use against Harry, the one Arianna blames for the death of her husband.
Harry Dresden's fight against the Red Court is now personal. But, as he tries to gather allies, he finds even the White Council of wizards is too preoccupied to help. And, someone always seems just one step ahead of him, as he searches for a way to rescue one little girl, held captive in Mexico. As buildings blow up around him, vampires attack, and Dresden knows he and a small group of friends might not come out of this adventure alive. They may have to strike at the Red Court on its own territory. Finally, Harry Dresden is willing to make some deals he's never been willing to do, in order to save one little girl.
Changes is an appropriate title for a story that will forever change Harry Dresden. With the knowledge he has a daughter, he's willing to do anything to protect her. That urgency brings actions that we've never seen from the principled wizard. And, Butcher skillfully pulls the strings in this complicated story of a complex man. If Harry Dresden survives this ordeal, he'll never be the same. Changes is one more outstanding book in this urban fantasy masterpiece of a series.
Jim Butcher's website is www.Jim-Butcher.com
Changes by Jim Butcher. Penguin Group (USA), ©2010. ISBN 9780451463173 (hardcover), 448p.
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