I really like this series and this is the third of fifteen total, so anybody not looking for slight spoilers might want to stay clear.
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard detective is back to stop some ghosts. Seriously, something is stirring up the dead in a big bad way and with his friend and knight Michael, Harry’s gonna have to keep up his spirit. *cough*
What I liked
Michael and the Ghosts
The world building continues not only by introducing a great character in Michael, but also the concepts of spiritualism through him. By including a man of the faith in a book about spirit problems, Mr. Butcher takes on the ethereal all in one go and inserts some great commentary on religion at the same time.
Harry’s fairy godmother is one of Mr. Butcher’s greatest characters. Here she is the equivalent of “the door opened and a man with a gun came through,” beautifully advancing the plot and Harry’s own mental state with every appearence.
This book is what most people consider to start the main “plot” of the Dresden Files. There are some arguments to be made on that, but one cannot disagree this book brings in the world at large and leaves our wizard detective’s world much, much darker than how it found it.
What I didn’t like
Again, the villian
I do not want to say that Mr. Butcher creates bad characters. No. Not at all. I just can’t find myself liking or hating his villians. They simply do not show up enough or give enough of a credible threat for me to care, even though they effect, well, everything.
The Invitation and The Kick
The first is death by curiosity. That the character I have in mind would do this is... Have people in Harry’s world never seen a monster movie? The second is death by sacrifice. The move I get and while it is happening I cannot believe it. It is one of the best twists ever. Then, there is no retaliation other than a relatively small beating. The character, as far as this book goes, receives no punishment for this. I cannot believe Dresden as a character would let that stand.
Who would like this?
Urban fantasy readers, vampire fiction subgenre people, the usual.
Why was it banned?
Again, no case of this book being kicked out of anywhere, but there are some nightmarish imagery, overt sexual tones, language, violence, violins, drugs, and supernatural elements that could offend. Something for everybody.