Jim Butcher’s breakthrough #1 New York Times bestseller starring Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden.
When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry is thought of as either a black sheep or a sacrificial lamb. And none hold him in more disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules. But now, Morgan is in trouble. He’s been accused of cold-blooded murder—a crime with only one, final punishment.
He’s on the run, wanting his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. So it’s up to Harry to uncover a traitor within the Council, keep Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head.
Someone like Harry…
“You,” Madeline said, her voice hollow and wheezing, “are like a bad case of herpes, wizard. You’re inconvenient, embarassing, no real threat, and you simply will not go away.”
I saw on Goodreads, right before I started writing this, that someone asked if they could start here, or at any point, instead of at book one. And frankly, I have no idea how anyone could possibly start at Turn Coat and really get what is going on. Jim Butcher has spent the entire series getting to this point, even if it doesn’t look like it from outside. And Turn Coat isn’t even the highest point of inter-connectivity this series gets!
I loved Turn Coat because of what it does. It is sandwiched between two even more amazing books, but it still manages to wow, even on a reread. This book hits Dresden on a personal level. Actually several personal levels. Morgan, the person who has held the Sword of Damocles above Dresden’s head his entire adult life, has come to Dresden for help. Morgan is wanted by the White Council for something he didn’t do, and Dresden doesn’t doubt that he didn’t do it at all.
And it isn’t just that. The enemies are piling up. And so are the allies. Turn Coat is more of a whodunit than most of the rest of the series is, because Dresden is trying to solve a murder. With his hands tied behind his back. And multiple problems all happening at once, that happen to be connected to the whole.
However, the bigger thing that Turn Coat does is give you a glimpse at the whole picture, while withholding the entire story. It keeps you guessing. It keeps you wanting more. It just keeps you involved, this slow dribbling of information. In other series, I often have trouble with this slow drip. I don’t have that problem in The Dresden Files. Because it feels natural and it feels like we’re getting “enough” with each new revelation. And, as I said, it keeps you wanting more.