|Im going to have to begin this review with a spoiler
alert: If youre a fan of the Dresden Files and you havent read Changes
yet, then stop reading now (and go and read Changes).
see, at the end of Changes, Dresden is shot dead
Story is the story of what happens next. Dresden returns to awareness as a
ghost in a shadowy version of Chicago, and is sent to haunt the Chicago he knew, in order
to find his murderer. Where it is still winter, in May
What follows is a memorable and haunting tale, told from the ghosts point of
view. It isnt nearly as frenetic or violent as Changes
though not lacking in action. The Corpsetaker is back, shes a ghost, and shes
after a body, and of course, Dresden has to stop her. But Dresden is severely hampered by
his ghostly state, theres a lot he simply cant do. No fireballs freely sprayed
around the neighbourhood this time. That is one of the factors that make this book a
unique addition to the Dresden Files.
Another is the unusually philosophical slant to the tale. Butcher surprised me by
making a distinction between soul and spirit that is rare in theology, never mind urban
fantasy. Then theres the whole theme of actions and consequences, and what happens
when a power vacuum is created. These are deep waters, that few authors care to explore
and yet Butcher somehow manages to do so while maintaining his light and
entertaining touch. There is a reason why hes an acknowledged master of urban
fantasy, and this book is one of his absolute best.