Book Review: Changes

Changes, Jim Butcher

Changes, by Jim Butcher, is the 12th book in the Dresden Files series.

Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden soon finds himself in the middle of yet another battle. This time the Red Court of vampires has kidnapped a daughter that Harry didn’t know he had. Former flame and half-vampire Susan Rodriguez returns to break the news to Harry and get his help in rescuing their daughter. But with peace talks in place between the Red Court and the wizard’s White Council, he won’t be receiving much help from his peers.

A lot of changes certainly take place throughout the course of this book, first and most obviously being that Dresden finds out that he has a daughter. This is not a spoiler, as it’s talked about both in the official synopsis and first line of the book. Many other characters return to help Harry in another of his seemingly impossible quests, such as his dog Mouse, police detective Murphy, Harry’s brother and vampire Thomas, apprentice Molly, and Russian knight Sanya.

Butcher never fails to present a dark, dramatic, and suspenseful experience in each of his Dresden Files installments. Also laced with humor, Dresden usually has a witty comment, which lightens even the darkest of predicaments. The climactic, final battle scene is massive with more than a couple surprises. And for the first time in the series, Changes ends in a shocking cliffhanger. With fast-paced thrills, magic and mayhem, this series is easily one of the best in urban fantasy.

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