This week we’ll be taking a look at the book Changes by bestselling author Jim Butcher, who is one of our favorite authors here at M.P. His fast-paced, witty and charming first person narrative accounts of Harry Dresden’s actions as Wizard, Private Eye, Warden (Magic Police Officer, Judge, Jury, and Soldier all rolled into one) keep readers coming back for more. I’ll admit plainly that, after reading the first book on recommendation from a friend, I went out and bought/rented the next 10 – whoops says my bank account. Anyways, Changes is the latest novel in the Dresden series, and like its name implies, everything you know about Harry will change.
Changes sees the triumphant return of Susan, a character that we met earlier in the series as a journalist covering the magical world, then later as Dresden’s love interest. Susan returns out of the blue in Changes right off the bat, and the story never stops from there. Butcher really went all out in this book. I gave up counting the number of characters making returns from earlier books, in addition to the usual gang. Butcher weaves them in and out seamlessly, although I guarantee you will spend a good third of the book going “OH NO HE DIDN’T” – Similar to how George Martin’s Fire and Ice series held nothing sacred in terms of characters, this book will leave you wondering what else Dresden has to lose.
Favorite Part: When Mouse Speaks (Definitely one of my favorite parts, it’s so hard to choose!) and the return of the Erlking.
Worst Part: The contrived dialogue between Dresden and his Fairy Godmother – Occasionally I would read it as thus “Blah blah TROUBLE! Blah Blah DEAL”
A great view into the world of a man with the most precious thing on the line – his child – and the lengths he will go to to prevent losing her. A definite must read.
9/10 – 9 out of 10 only because the ending is such a cliffhanger, and the book is so intense, that I wonder how Butcher can top it with the next book.