“***potential spoilers if you've not read the previous books in the series***
The war with the Red Court vampires has taken its toll on the White Council. Their ranks are depleted, causing them to recruit younger and more inexperienced magicians as wardens. It has also caused them to recruit Harry Dresden who, while experienced enough to be on the Council, has always been a thorn in their side. The White Council wanted to have him killed as a young warlock in violation of the Laws of Magic. The only thing that prevented that from happening was Harry's mentor, Ebemezer McCoy, standing up for Dresden and teaching him the proper ways to handle magic. Something that the Council loves to remind Dresden of and given a recent turn of events, something that will soon have Dresden walking in his mentors shoes.
In addition to the war with the Red Court, there seems to be evil afoot in Chicago. People are turning up dead, apparently attacked in true horror flick fashion. It appears there are fetches in town (entities from the nevernever that feed on fear). A horror movie convention in town is the perfect buffet of fear for these creatures. While Dresden investigates, he runs into Molly Carpenter, Michael's eldest child. She has gotten into trouble of her own and it appears her boyfriend is a prime suspect in one of the murders. Harry will have to call on friends for help to traverse the nevernever and fight the source calling forward the fetches.
What a fun ride! The Dresden Files never cease to amuse me. I love Dresden and all the mayhem that seems to follow him. Poor guy just can't ever catch a break. I've said it before, but I love Dresden's inner dialouge. It's one of the funnier characteristics of the books. There a too many great lines to include, but a couple that had me chuckling follow:
"For a minute, I thought about abandoning the wizard ink biz and taking up a career that would let me crawl under rocks and hide, professionally."
"Laughter is good for you. ... Nine out of ten stand-up comedians recommend laughter in the face of intense stupidity."
"You're siphoning my noble hero vibe. ... Cease and desist or I'll sue."
"Life can be confusing. Good God, and how. Sometimes it seems like the older I get, the more confused I become. That seems ass-backwards. I thought I was supposed to be getting wiser. Instead, I just keep getting hit over the head with my relative insignificance in the greater scheme of the universe. Confusing, life. But it beats the hell out of the alternative."
"Rule number one of the wizarding business...never let them see you sweat. People expect us to know things. It can be a big advantage. Don't screw it up by looking like you're as confused as everyone else. Bad for the image."”