Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

February 1st, 2019 Kimberly Review 15 Comments

1st Feb
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #8
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 16 hours and 15 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration: 5 cups

Harry Dresden is the only wizard in the Chicago phone book. He consults from the police department on those so-called "unusual" cases. He's even been on talk shows. So there's no love lost between Harry and the White Council of Wizards, who find him a little brash and undisciplined. But now war with the vampires has thinned the ranks of wizards, and the White Council needs Harry, like it or not. He's drafted as a Warden, and assigned to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

And if that wasn't enough, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend was the only one in a room where an old man was attacked, but in spite of this, he insists he didn't do it. What looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film turns out to be...well, something quite close to that, as Harry discovers that malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago. All in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob...

magical mystery SUSPENSE urban

I am continuing the attack on my backlist and devouring urban fantasy. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher is the eighth novel in the wickedly wonderful Harry Dresden urban fantasy series.

Narrated by James Marsters Proven Guilty offered an intense, sometimes heartfelt story and engaging mystery. Take my hand, we’re off to Never, Neverland.

Harry has his hands full with the White Council, the Red Court of Vampires and the Winter Court of the Fey. Thomas has been acting strange and won’t share with Harry. But, an assignment investigating the use of dark magic in Chicago soon brings more problems for our wizard.

When Harry gets a call from Molly Carpenter, the daughter of his friend Michael, he unwillingly answers her cry for help. She leads him to believe the police have arrested her, but it turns out her friend has. Harry quickly learns dark magic may be at play.

The tale that unfolds brings friends together, forms alliances, further exposes the flaws and kinks in the White Council and offers some creepy moments as Harry once again sacrifices for the greater good.

I love the flawed characters in this series. They make mistakes, can be politically incorrect and yet (villains aside) most are inherently good. A mother makes mistakes to protect her young, someone uses power to help others not realizing there is a steep price. Harry has unsavory thoughts even as he does the right thing. Harry uses hell’s fire, and escapes death by the seat of his pants. The man is fearless even if I spend half my time worrying if his magic will work. LOL

Mix in humor, horror and intense battles and you’ve got yourself an addictive tale. Narrated by the talented James Marsters, I slipped in and devoured this audio. When an audio is over sixteen hours long, but feels like it was six you know it’s magic.

Narrated by James Marsters Proven Guilty offered an intense, sometimes heartfelt story and engaging mystery. Take my hand, we're off to Never, Neverland. #iloveaudiobooks #urbanfantasy Click To Tweet

About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri. Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

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15 Responses to “Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher”

  1. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    I see this series is like the Iron Chronicles Series. You are loving it. I will have to add these to my list. I have the first in the IC series, I better get the first in this series. Sounds like it is totally worth it. I am really glad you are enjoying these so much! Gives me hope that I will too.

    Mary

  2. Carla

    Even though I am not a big urban fantasy reader, you have piqued my interest in this one. Nice review Kimbrly.

  3. RO

    Sounds like there is a lot going on here Kimberly, and glad you enjoyed the read. Kudos to you for digging into the back list. I definitely need to do the same. Hope you’re continuing to get better and Happy Saturday! RO

    • Jen

      I agree with Mel on the anthologies, but make sure you listen to them in order of when they were released. The shorts cover a wide range of dates, from before the series begins to “current” times – so some of the stories may have spoilers.

    • Kimberly

      I always save those for last. Kind of like dessert. I will begin once I get through current releases. I am listening to 11 now.

  4. Lover Of Romance

    What a great rating for this book, I do love some great fantasy world building and hear good things about Jim Butcher and glad you had such a good time with this one.