Wizard Harry Dresden must investigate his own flesh and blood when a series of killings strike Chicago’s magic practitioners in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Someone is targeting the members of the city’s supernatural underclass—those who don’t possess enough power to become full-fledged wizards. Some have vanished. Others appear to be victims of suicide. But now the culprit has left a calling card at one of the crime scenes—a message for Harry Dresden.
Harry sets out to find the apparent serial killer, but his investigation turns up evidence pointing to the one suspect he cannot possibly believe guilty: his half-brother, Thomas. To clear his brother’s name, Harry rushes into a supernatural power struggle that renders him outnumbered, outclassed, and dangerously susceptible to temptation.
And Harry knows that if he screws this one up, people will die—and one of them will be his brother…
“We are strong, and the strong do as they wish. Who shall call us to task for it, O King? You?”
If that wasn’t a straight line, my name isn’t Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.
Dang. What a book.
White Night was full of action and danger. And it hits all of Dresden’s buttons. Women are in danger from a serial killer, and a message has been left at the crime scene. A message only Dresden can see with his wizard-y ways. He quickly finds out that the victims were practitioners themselves. And Thomas is involved somehow.
Once again Jim Butcher pulled together different threads he has been building up for books now into an amazing story. So many things went into this book from others in the series that make White Night what it is. It is a complex and fascinating story with a hundred moving parts. Some of which you know will show up, some which surprise you by showing up. And others you’re waiting to come back in to play.
Interestingly, this is the first book in the series since book three that actually depends at all on the events that happened in book one. And both of these books only rely on minor connections to that book, which you can easy understand with a few paragraphs of backstory. Which proves just how little book one is actually necessary to read. (Which is more than I can say for Fool Moon.)
Even though this is so many moving parts in White Night, this is only part of the whole. Because you can tell that White Night is still building the story up. Still moving all of the tiny pieces into place. Even as it is finishing other plots that have been with us for a while now. And everything is so dang good!
Could really do without Dresden saying “Groovy” again, though. He won’t stop, but I would like him to.