Changes by Jim Butcher. Book review

Changes (Dresden Files series) by Jim Butcher. Orbit, ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

The Dresden Files have been around for a while now, and the wise-cracking, magical gumshoe Harry Dresden is a well established favourite in the field of Urban Fantasy.

In Changes Harry is shocked by the return of his half vampire ex-girl friend, Susan, who informs him that he/they have a six year old daughter. And that child has been kidnapped by Arianna, his arch enemy amongst the vampires of the Red Court in order to perform an ancient Aztec blood ritual that will assassinate not just the child, but every blood relative that Harry and Susan have; be they human, vampire, or anything in-between.

In my opinion ‘ it’s pretty dammed hard to say much about this book that isn’t ‘gosh’ or ‘wow’. I read it in a sitting and loved pretty much every sentence. That isn’t to say that I found a few of the plot lines somewhat circuitous; and, if I am honest, Susan can be a real whining pain in the arse at times.

But Changes takes a huge detour from the usual Dresden File ending. The 540 page novel rushes (largely) headlong to a totally surprising, and shocking, d’nouement, with revelations and twists along the way that few but the most ardent Dresden reader could predict. So much recommended it almost hurts.

Changes (Dresden Files series) by Jim Butcher. Orbit, ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

The Dresden Files have been around for a while now, and the wise-cracking, magical gumshoe Harry Dresden is a well established favourite in the field of Urban Fantasy.

In Changes Harry is shocked by the return of his half vampire ex-girl friend, Susan, who informs him that he/they have a six year old daughter. And that child has been kidnapped by Arianna, his arch enemy amongst the vampires of the Red Court in order to perform an ancient Aztec blood ritual that will assassinate not just the child, but every blood relative that Harry and Susan have; be they human, vampire, or anything in-between.

In my opinion ‘ it’s pretty dammed hard to say much about this book that isn’t ‘gosh’ or ‘wow’. I read it in a sitting and loved pretty much every sentence. That isn’t to say that I found a few of the plot lines somewhat circuitous; and, if I am honest, Susan can be a real whining pain in the arse at times.

But Changes takes a huge detour from the usual Dresden File ending. The 540 page novel rushes (largely) headlong to a totally surprising, and shocking, d’nouement, with revelations and twists along the way that few but the most ardent Dresden reader could predict. So much recommended it almost hurts.