Dresden Files 08: Proven Guilty
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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.For a series that's 8 installments in, you'd think it might be getting stale, but I don't find that with this series. Every new book adds something to the main character and to the characters around him. At the same time it doesn't take itself too seriously and I love the sudden wry turns into deep irony and dark sarcasm. Harry is certainly quirky enough without being completely unbelievable or unrelateable and it's hilarious the way he kind of has to hold his friend's daughter at arms length in a bit of a terror at her uh burgeoning sexuality. Don't let my turn of phrase scare you off. It's more amusing than bodice-ripping, especially since he has that Gentleman-Protector-of-Damsels-In-Distress problem (whether the damsels could've done without him or not).
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...."
Through all the chaos and mayhem that goes in the mystery of each book, there's something that's changed in Harry. This time he's been named a Warden, something he would've thrown up about a decade earlier considering how Wardens have treated him all his life. Becoming one of Them really pisses him off. And yet he has that sense of responsibility and obligation to do the job even if he finds the position distasteful. He's not all roses either since he has his own personal demons to contend with, literally. One's pestering and tempting him in his head since he picked up a demonic coin a few books back. But I get the feeling that between the being made into a Warden and the demonic temptress, the series is heading him towards something really interesting. It's not a religious type of story, but Harry in a way acknowledges the presence of a supreme being of some sort while pretending to carry on as though there is no such thing. He's just taciturn, considering the friend and father of the girl is named Michael and Michael's saved Harry's bacon a couple of times - all while lit up like an angelic Christmas tree. But he doesn't know if there's a god. ;D
At the end of it there's a good setup for the next book, White Night, after all the politics and positioning after the user of black, or rogue, magic is found and "tried" before the White Council. It looks like there's some shenanigans going on with the people in power and Harry's the right rebel who doesn't bow to the Powers That Be to find out who's the "dirty cop."