“I started to get annoyed, but was struck by the disturbing thought that if I did, I would be coming down on the same side of the situation as Charity, which might be one of the signs of the apocalypse.” – p 75

This is possibly my favorite of the series so far. Harry Dresden has no trouble keeping me entertained for several days – in any of his stories. And the supporting characters usually do nothing but add to the greatness of the series. This book doesn’t only showcase Harry as a great leading man, it doesn’t just utilize the quirky and wonderful supporting cast, it doesn’t simply tell an engrossing story which is littered with magic and humor – it combines all of those into a phantasmagorical concoction perfectly suited for hours of reading.
“I got the sneaking suspicion that the vampire was a couple of Peeps short of an Easter basket.” – p 220

Harry has grown a bit more cynical – and wouldn’t you, with all he’s done and seen? He’s fighting demon possession, self-loathing and others-loathing in his new job, and now baddies spring from the silver screen.

That’s right. When Harry meets up with the daughter of his friend and finds her a bit more grown up than he’d remembered, she’s more trouble than he expected. Not just tattooed and pierced, but surrounded by dark magic which is pulling the villains out of horror movies. Not only serial killers, but half-human, half-power tool morphings which want nothing less than to kill anyone they can get their hands (or hammers and drills) on.

This story will push Harry to his physical and magical limits. He’ll be asked to fight unreal monsters of a different sort than he’s used to, push the boundaries of the dark miasma that is the Winter Court, make moral choices which could cost him his life, and deal with the strange romantic turns happening with Murphy. All in a day’s work, right?

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