Who wrote this book and when?
Jim Butcher published this in 2005.

Has there been a film version?
No.

Who are the important characters?
Harry Dresden – a wizard in Chicago
Mavra – a hardcore black court vampire who “hires” Harry
Butters – a polka-loving morgue technician
Thomas – a white court vampire, feeding off of life energy
The Erlking – Elven lord of the hunt
Cowl, Kumori, Grevane and Corpsetaker – necromancers who mean bad business
Lasciel – a fallen angel living in Harry
Mouse – Harry’s enormous dog
Bob – an air spirit who lives in a skull

What’s it about?
Harry Dresden doesn’t like it when people threaten his friends. So when a particularly nasty Black Court vampire threatens Murphy, Harry is forced to do as she asks. Mavra wants the Word of Kemmler – whatever that is – and unfortunately for him, a band of six necromancers wants exactly the same thing. Before he realizes it, Harry is fighting alongside a vampire, protecting a polka obsessed coroner, and trying to suppress a fallen angel offering him more power than he could ever dream of.

Do I recommend you read this book?
If you like the series, yes.

How did this book make my list?
I like this series.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
I’ve got nothing. I didn’t feel like dogearing my brother-in-law’s book. Sorry.

Anything else?
I don’t like zombies. This book is rife with zombies.

Personal thoughts:
This book is a bit different from the others in that Harry is somewhat forced to work with the bad guys for the bad guys’ evil ends. When he’s blackmailed, Harry concedes to Mavra – which is somewhat depressing. Murphy is hardly in this book and instead is replaced by a plethora of new and entertaining characters in Butters, Thomas, and Mouse. While the story is full of undead beings – one of my least favorite species of monsters – the ending is well worth reading the beginning and middle of the book. You don’t want to miss this one.

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