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This is the third in The Dresden Files series once again featuring Chicago's only Private Investigator/ Practicing Wizard, Harry Dresden, again embroiled in paranormal matters that are way out of his depth. Something is stirring up ghosts all across town and weakening the barriers between our world and the realm of the Nevernever, his psychotic Faerie Godmother is after Harry to fulfill a bargain he has always avoided and the bigest, baddest Vampire Queen of all Chicago is quite literally out for his blood.....what's a guy gonna do? Magic- it can get a man killed, right?
For anyone who has sen the series on Sky One- forget it! These books are about a gadzillion times better- in plot, storyline and action! The humour is blacker and more prevalent and there is an underlying sense that this is a series every bit as cleverly concieved as any Police procedural and just as well thought out. Jim Butcher has achieved a real masterstroke in his creation of Harry Dresden in a series that crosses The Rockford Files with Kolchak, The Night Stalker!
This is one of the best paranormal series around at the moment and how this hasn't gained a wider following by now is way beyond me- these books should be selling by the bucketload! In this third outing for the unlucky Dresden, we get to glimpse a bit more of his back-story and we are introduced to his friend, Michael, who purports to be a modern-day Knight fighting the good cause under the guidance of God. Together the pair patrol the night streets of Chicago like this series version of The Real Ghostbusters, but when one of the ghosts they tackle turns out to be a powerful demon, they begin to realise that the stakes have just been upped a level....someone in the city has a grand master plan but can they discover who is behind it before they lose their souls?
It is very difficult to find fault with this book, previous knowledge of the series is an advantage but not nessecary as only vague references are made to earlier cases and a potential story arc in the last book which suggested someone was out gunning for Dresden, hence the increase in supernatural activity over the last few novels, has largely been put to one side and forgotten. Certainly in a genre that has so recently become flooded, I have lost count how many Supernatural/ Paranormal Romance ( yes that is a genre-newly created in my local branch of Borders!) series have begun to emerge of late, this is without question the best of the bunch. Anyone who likes gritty Detective Fiction will find something to enjoy here and the paranormal activities almost don't seem so strange in the context of which they are written here. This is slightly longer than the previous installments but no less enjoyable and just as easy and light to read with nothing that will challenge you too greatly- but then sometimes that is just what you need and there is no doubt that Jim Butcher here leaves you wanting more!
I, for one, can't wait to read the next in the series.....if you haven't picked this series up yet, give it a try....
Harry Dresden faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book. But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone loco. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.