When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules.
So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council, and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog.
Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head.
I have said it before but it deserves mentioning again, Harry have gone a far way from the somewhat wimpy character that he was in the first couple of books in this series. I am really glad that I hung on to The Dresden Files and did not give up on these books.
The books starts of at full speed with a rather dramatic event. Not the major fight and action loaded event that many authors use in order to get things going, and which often can give the user a somewhat “what’s actually going on” feeling, but rather an event which drops the reader straight into the actual main story of the book. In addition it is an event which turns a few things on their head at the same time.
Harry is still the same sharp tongued and cynical kick-ass wizard as we have become used to in recent books. Jim Butcher have managed to get to a decent balance of Harry being somewhat outclassed on a regular basis but at the same time kicking some serious behinds, also on a regular basis.
This is really a good book. It never really slows down to the extent that you find it boring but at the same time it is not just non-stop senseless action and throwing of fire bolts. It also moves the main story arc, that goes through the book series, forward quite a lot.
The ending have quite a few tragic elements in it though. Some of the somewhat predictable, some not so and one I could really have been without. Actually the book ends in a rather dark tone. That still does not stop me from liking this book a lot. I hope the next ones is as good as this one.