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Wednesday, September 21, 2011



Book Review of GHOST STORY :

     Many book reviews begin with a book's cover blurb. Although it is a bit unorthodox, it is necessary to begin this review with a set of instructions. You may follow them or not as you see fit, but due to the spoiler nature of the review, adherence is strongly recommended if you are a Harry Dresden fan. It's your free choice. For the rest of you, you may proceed to the next paragraph. For Dresden fans, before reading this review, be sure that you have read the Dresden File novels through Changes. At a minimum, at least read Changes. Recommended reading is the short story "Aftermath" found in Side Jobs, which "Takes place an hour or two after the end of Changes". That said, read on, McDuff.

     Most authors have epic struggles bringing their characters to life. Jim Butcher takes the struggle to a new level in Ghost Story, the thirteenth novel of the Dresden Files, by once again bringing the iconic Harry Dresden to life, but this time he's dead. Harry, Chicago's resident professional wizard, has long been the city's principal defense against dark forces and unseen terrors. The fact that he's dead doesn't relieve him of that responsibility. It just adds another layer of complications to his existence.

     A lot has changed in Chicago since Harry's death. The fall of the Red Court has left a worldwide power vacuum that all sorts of evil is trying to fill. New and previously unlikely alliances have formed to combat a growing menace. In addition to adjusting to the idiosyncrasies of his new state of being, Harry has to cope with effects that his demise has had on his friends and colleagues. Harry may be dead, but he remains Harry. He attacks each problem with all of the wit and ingenuity that the reader came to expect of him while he was alive.

     Although Ghost Story is filled with the its fair share of action from start to finish, there is a strong emphasis on character development. Harry's death has deeply affected his inner circle.  Karrin Murphy, no longer with the Chicago Police Department, is fighting harder than ever against dark forces. She is the de facto leader of an alliance of humans and werewolves protecting the city from the growing onslaught of the Fomor and their minions. Her devotion to her newfound duties keeps her too busy for self reflection. Molly Carpenter is now a force to be watched and reckoned with, not only by evil doers, but also by her friends. Trust is at a premium.

     As with all Dresden novels, Butcher builds a seemingly insurmountable hurdle for Harry, which he manages to overcome nonetheless. This time, however, the reader isn't burdened with any concerns that Harry could get killed. Regardless, dead or alive, a Harry Dresden story is always worthwhile reading. If you like paranormal action, I recommend Ghost Story.
Blurb: When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the
Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

Publisher: ROC, New American Library

Reviewed By:
CHARLIE KENMORE, Author of Earth Angel
Earth Angel Blurb:

There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a Veil. Six are inhabited by all manner of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the Veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in its entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped, there will be nothing left.

Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe's Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside TechnoWitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack) , High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack's oldest friend and lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.

1 comment:

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