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White Night by Jim Butcher

White Night (edition 2008)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:White Night
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Orbit (2008), Paperback, 416 pages
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Harry Harry Harry, what an extremely entertaining life you lead. Lash is still hanging around, waiting. Someone is killing witches, someone that looks familiar....and a love is back what's up with that, hmmm ? Thomas stole the show from you Harry, at the end it grabbed it and ran. I loved it Harry ! I'm off to the next adventure. : ) ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Harry gets hauled into Whtie Court politics again as he investigates the disappearance and possible murder of small time magical practicioners.
Add to this, the return of an old girl friend and his worry that Thomas might possibly be getting back to his feeding habits, plus the renewed temptations of his fallen angel, Harry, as usual, has his work cut out for him. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Low level magic practitioners disappear or commit suicide. Or so it's supposed to look. Murphy gets suspicious and consults with Harry. As they start digging, the prime suspect turns out to be his brother who's very hard to find. Add in Vampires and other assorted bad guys, and Harry is once again between a rock and a hard place and has to pull in help from all sorts of allies. Full of the usual wisecracks and lots of action, this entry in the series delivers as usual. And I absolutely love Mouse. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
This is where it really gets darker and more twisted, peeps. Again, Thomas is on the forefront of the plot, and I love him to bits. Also, Harry playing the role of his scorned lover is hilarious. Thomas, Molly and Harry work as a pretty good team, and you would not be able to catch a break in this book, it's so full of action. Recommended. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |

[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]


Someone’s killing members of Chicago’s magic community, and Harry Dresden is on the case. Called in by Murphy to help solve a string of murders disguised as suicides, Harry finds clues that lead him to his half-brother, Thomas, who has become estranged from Harry in recent months. Unwilling to believe his brother is a murderer, however, Harry digs deeper into the mystery.

Harry stumbles upon a group of minor female practitioners, many of whom have been targeted by the dark forces at play, and finds out they’ve called in someone they trust to help protect themselves: Elaine, Harry’s ex-girlfriend. Their last run-in was a few books back and involved quite a bit of deception, so Harry’s not exactly keen on working with Elaine again, even though he admits he has feelings for her still.

When one of the women is seemingly abducted by Thomas, Harry tracks him down to a boat. Turns out Thomas has been saving the targeted women and taking them an island safe house. The real culprits? Two other White Court vampires — Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora — who are trying to upset the power balance in the White Court because Lord Raith has recently begun negotiating with the White Council to end the vampire-wizard war.

To make matters worse, Cowl, who Harry thought died in Dead Beat, is very much alive and helping the White Court vampire duo achieve their goals. This fuels Harry’s fears that a “Black Council” is at work, trying to ultimately destroy its White counterpart and wreak havoc.

Even though he knows the main perpetrators, Harry realizes that someone with inside knowledge of the women’s movements must be helping Vittorio and Madrigal. At first, he’s misled into believing it’s Helen Beckitt, who helped Victor Sells try to kill Harry way back in Storm Front. But this turns out to be a deliberate trick. One of the other women is actually a male member of the White Court’s Skavis family posing as a woman. But by the time Harry realizes this, it’s too late to save another member of the women’s group and Elaine almost ends up dying, too.

Harry has to come up with a plan that’ll allow him to stop Vittorio and Madrigal from undoing the Raith’s political peace moves, so he teams up with Lara Raith, now secretly in control of her father, Lord Raith, and John Marcone, who seeks vengeance for the death of one of his employees, killed by the Skavis. Harry also calls in fellow warden, Ramirez, to assist him in taking on the vampires.

The final battle takes place inside the Raith Deeps, first introduced in Blood Rites. Harry and Carlos interrupt a meeting between all the White Court houses and challenge Vittorio and Madrigal to a duel. They almost win, but Vittorio calls in a massive army of ghouls, and it’s revealed that Cowl was waiting in the Nevernever to attack the entire time. Thankfully, Harry has backup waiting in the Nevernever too, and Marcone, along with a number of heavily armed men, storm the Deeps and help almost everyone escape.

Harry and Lara Raith get trapped by themselves seconds before the Deeps are bombed to kingdom come, but thanks to Harry’s quick thinking, he and Lara make it out by riding the blast out of the Deeps with Harry’s shield.

Thus, Harry is able to solidify Lara’s control of the White Court, including her moves for peace with the White Council, help Marcone ascend to the rank of freeholding Lord under the Unseelie Accords, and save the remaining magic practitioners of Chicago.

Interestingly, he also loses his long-time fallen angel companion, Lash, who sacrifices herself to save Harry’s mind from a psychic assault by Vittorio.

The End.

Cue sequel.


My Take

Man, there were so many vampires in this one, my head is still spinning. Not that I have a problem with that. I thought this installment of The Dresden Files was far superior to Proven Guilty. The characters were better. The plot was better — though incredibly complicated in places. And the foreshadowing in this book was epic. You can definitely see the threads connecting White Night and previous installments of the series, slowly but surely building up to a number of explosive reveals in the following books.

I also enjoyed Harry’s development in this one. Given the contrast between himself and various other characters, like Molly, it’s clear just how far he’s come since Storm Front. Butcher keeps Harry in a constant state of growth, but unlike some protagonists, Harry never gets “too perfect.” He continues to make (often bonehead) mistakes that cost him dearly, and he always has limitations to overcome (or not).

There was a rich mix of action, word-building, and character development throughout White Night. Everyone from Murphy to Marcone to Thomas got singled out for additional development, and it served to make the world a lot richer than it would be if it Harry was the only one to ever get such treatment.

In addition, Butcher yet again expands the world. Every book, he adds a little more to the reader’s understanding of various supernatural forces and organizations, and in White Night, he covered a lot of ground.

Overall, a great installment of the series.



I still haven’t noticed much of a change in Butcher’s writing style. The only noticeable difference between book one and book nine is how well Butcher develops his characters. He obviously has a much better grasp on the cast in book nine than he did at the very beginning. Which isn’t all that surprising.


Is It Worth Reading?

Like usual, yes, White Night is an excellent addition to the The Dresden Files. Make sure you get around to reading it sometime.



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  ClaraCoulson | Nov 16, 2015 |
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Someone is targeting Chicago's magic practitioners - the members of the supernatural underclass 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 killer, but his investigations 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 ...
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The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...

The Dabel Brothers are bringing the Dresden Files to life in comic book form—look for issues beginning April 2008! View more here!

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Assigned to investigate the deaths of several magic practitioners, all of whom lacked the ability to become full-fledged wizards, professional Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is shocked when the evidence points to his half-brother Thomas as the killer.

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