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Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

Proven Guilty

by Jim Butcher

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Series: The Dresden Files (8)

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The Dresden story continues in this, the 8th book in the series. It is pretty much another fix for the Dresden addicts. Harry continues as usual which means that he puts his foot in a whole heap of trouble. Well he did have quite a bit of help in aiming that foot of his that has to be said. There seems to be a number of constant factors when Harry embarks on pretty much anything and they can fairly well be summed up by “shit happens”.

Of course Harry finds himself in a lot deeper water than he expected and as usual some unexpected help arrives when his day is about to go from bad to worse. Actually, his day had already passed to the worse stage and was going downhill from there. What begun as a simple (hey everything is relative you know) investigation into a supernatural phenomenon at a geek convention, you know the usual stuff with some violent supernatural everyday mayhem, quickly turned into a rescue operation deep into bad guy land involving the wife and daughter of Harry’s best friend, who also happens to be a holy knight with a big bad guy chopping sword. Complicated? Well actually, as Harry is about to find out eventually, it is actually more complicated than that. Harry is being played and not just him.

The red thread of the White Council and their war with the vampires continues through this book as well and as usual they, or at least one member of the council, are the same assholes as always which in this case will have severe consequences for Harry’s friends. I am happy to note that Harry is not a pushover this time though.

Of course the book is laced with the usual cheeky dialogue and personal observations that we have come to be used to from this book series. At one point in time I have to say that it did feel a bit “more of the same” and I wondered if I was actually getting a bit tired of these books but that feeling quickly passed. After the first couple of books where Harry grew himself some balls these books are really good reading. The writing is good, I like the characters and there is not too much nonsense getting in the way and distracting from the actual investigations and the action.

I will not go as far as a full set of stars but it is definitely a read worthy and above average book. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
On a re-read, I think I liked this one less than the first go-around. The A plot really didn't do much for me, and some of the action scenes felt like contractual obligations. But the *B* plot is fantastic. I'm glad that Charity is finally treated as a more three-dimensional character here. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
Jim Butcher brings another exciting adventure with Harry Dresden in Proven Guilty! You get what you expect, Harry somehow being both stupid and brilliant, and Harry somehow pulling himself out of danger, but not without a scrape or two (or worse). Fast and enjoyable read with fun new characters and a deepening of the greater mystery of the Dresden Files. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
Harry can never catch a break! He's avoided his good friend Michael because Harry picked up a coin possessed by a fallen angel. But Michael's daughter reaches out for help and Harry gets dragged into an investigation into black magic in his new role as a White Warden. Harry finds some relief from his guilt over the fallen angel issue and finds to his horror that the black magic user he is chasing down is Michael's daughter. In the end Harry gets to "pay it forward" by sticking his neck out for someone like his mentor did for him. ( )
1 vote tjsjohanna | Jun 15, 2018 |
Proven Guilty
4 Stars

An engaging addition to the series.

Once again the plot is comprised of multiple threads that ultimately merge into one action packed storyline. This time Harry must investigate a series of attacks at a horror movie convention, ascertain why the Summer and Winter courts are reluctant to help the White Council in their war against the Red Court and help the daughter of a friend when she runs foul of the laws of magic.

The Carpenter family is back and Harry’s interactions with Charity, Molly and Michael play a significant role. Charity has always come across as self-righteous and bigoted, and although the events of this book provide some insight into her character, she remains cold, ungrateful and unlikable. Molly has grown into a rebellious young woman and her teen angst gets her into some serious trouble, and Michael reveals that he is far more aware of the issues in Harry’s life than previously thought.

Murphy and Thomas are also key characters in this installment. Although Murphy and Harry finally have a much anticipated heart-to-heart, it cannot be said that their relationship is resolved. Thomas and Harry have a special bond and it is difficult for them both when Thomas strikes out on his own. Nevertheless, the brothers are always there for each other in times of need and hopefully Thomas will eventually be able to confide in Harry.

The world building and plotting in the Harry Dresden series are simply incredible. However, one or two issues tend to rub me the wrong way, such as the inclusion of several references to events that occurred in novellas. Some readers, like myself, prefer not to read these short stories and still others do not have access to them. As such, it is unfair to include plot elements from them in the main, novel length installments of the series. Moreover, the religious overtones in the book are excessive and the hints at Deus Ex Machina forces at work are also irritating. Finally, at 16 hours of listening time, the book is overly long and drawn out.

All in all, Harry and company never fail to entertain and I look forward to their further adventures. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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Blood leaves no stain on a Warden's grey cloak.
I don't care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching--they are your family.
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There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and hte white Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob ...
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The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

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There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City. As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful, dog, and a talking skull named Bob.… (more)

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