As Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden has faced demons, vampires, werewolves, dark sorcerers, and hosts of horrors from beyond the mortal realm. But nothing could have prepared him for this…
Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry’s Dresden’s lover—until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her caught between humanity and the relentless bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. She disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it. Now, she needs Harry’s help more than ever.
For the vengeful Duchess of the Red Court has discovered a secret Susan has long kept from everyone—including Harry—and she plans to use it. To prevail, Harry may have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power—and he may have no choice but to embrace the darkness within himself.
Because this time, he’s fighting to save his child.
“Harry,” she said quietly, “I know you must be angry.”
“I burn things to ash and smash holes in buildings when I’m angry,” I said. “I’m a couple of steps past that point right now.”
How does one go about reviewing Changes? I’m not even certain. It feels like the spoilers start from the first sentence of the book and just don’t stop. So much happens, both physically and emotionally in this book. I’ve read this book before and I still feel kind of heartbroken and wrung out, emotionally. All while feeling keyed up from the more physical aspects. Changes is just so good.
In pretty much every way, Changes is audacious. This is a book that Jim Butcher has been working towards the entire time. There are pieces going back to book one that were laid down, waiting for this book to come out. It could have been just another book in the series, especially after the last few books of “Wow, this is something grand that was built over the last few books”. But, it wasn’t. Because it was Changes.
Changes lives up to its name. It is the book where everything changes. And, in true Dresden fashion, it isn’t easy on him. This is the hardest book for him so far. Emotionally, morally, ethically. Professionally. In every single way.
And the fallout isn’t only to Dresden. His friends are in danger, too. And for once, he has bigger worries on his mind. Changes is a book of desperation, of a man pushed to his very limit.
And I cried.