by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #8
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 16 hours and 15 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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...
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.
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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.
Even though I am not a big urban fantasy reader, you have piqued my interest in this one. Nice review Kimbrly.
I have to get more in this series. Glad to see you are enjoying them.
I still haven’t listened to one of his books yet or read one but they sound really good.
Teresa Mary Rose
Your reviews for this series have me so intrigued! It’s deff been added to the TBR now I just need to find some more time lol. Great review!
I remember liking this one a lot. The great thing about Harry is the mix of dark and light in his soul and all the characters surrounding him. If I recall, this book was a good balance of dark and light. *sigh* this series is sooo good.
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
I so love this series. I agree with you that they’re flawed, but mostly good. Even Johnny Marcone isn’t as bad as he seems at times. I’m so glad you’re enjoying this series. Don’t forget the anthologies. They have some great stories in them.
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.
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.
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.
Is it ever gonna end?
Anne - Books of My Heart
It’s crack. Fabulous review. I love every one of them and own them all.
Wow, the eighth book in the series?! How many are they? I love that you’ve been binge reading this series and loving them all the while. Keep it up 😉
I’ve read a book or two of his and loved them. I keep meaning to read more. Just gotta find the time. 🙂