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Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

Another good book in the series.

I consider this entry to be in the ‘main’ storyline of the series, if there is one, though I could be wrong. There are two threads, the first being Harry asked to look into what is happening in faerie to see why the Winter and Summer courts are not helping the council in the war with the red court. The second part is reports of black magic being performed in Chicago that he’s also asked to look into. Of course these things all end up being linked somewhat and Harry does his best to get himself killed during it.

My favourite Dresden books have always been the ones that feature the faeries and this is no exception. It’s not up there with Summer Knight but it is still good, perhaps because they are not the main focus of the book. Harry is still himself though perhaps a bit wiser and sadder. The relationship between him and Murphy is a big part of the book and I did enjoy that. There was also a (kind of) new character in Molly, Michael and Charity’s daughter who’s all grown up and gotten herself in trouble. She’s interesting but has the potential to be annoying, we’ll see how that plays out.

It’s the big picture elements of these books that I enjoy the most and the relationships between the characters. This is perhaps the reason that I don’t think I’ve given any of them a 5 star rating, there are always a bit too many ‘Hollywood’ fight scenes in them that all kind of feel the same. This book was an improvement, though it had lots of fight scenes. it didn’t end with a giant one, instead it was mostly dialogue and situation which I much preferred. All in all I had a good time reading this and looking forward to see what happens next.

4 stars

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