The summer sun was busy broiling the asphalt from Chicago’s streets, the agony in my head had kept me horizontal for half a day, and some idiot was pounding on my apartment door.
I answered it and Morgan, half his face covered in blood, gasped, “The Wardens are coming. Hide me. Please.”
His eyes rolled back into his skull and he collapsed.
Up until that moment, I had been laboring under the misapprehension that the splitting pain in my skull would be the worse thing to happen to me today.
Harry can believe just about anything about Warden Donald Morgan, the White Council’s chief executioner, field commander, and all around pain in the ..uh.. neck, but he can’t believe that Morgan is a traitor so when a desperate Morgan comes to him for help, he agrees to find the real turn coat in the Council. In 48 hours. Before Morgan’s concealment spells give out. So no pressure.
But when some of the toughest, most high-level magic slingers on the planet are involved, the spy vs. spy game can get deadly quick. Faster than you can say “Blackstone Copperfield Dresden”, Harry’s brother is missing, the House of Raith is on the prowl, the White Council is sharpening their swords, Harry himself is being stalked by a powerful, semi-divine skinwalker, and, worst of all, he can’t seem to leave his dog, his apprentice, and his bad-tempered house guest alone for five minutes.
Harry will need all his skills as a private investigator as well as all his magic to get himself out of this one –with his head attached. Highlights for fans of the series include a visit to White Council HQ and a major magical throwdown featuring Injun Joe (Listens to the Wind).
Another well-written addition to the Dresden File series. We are roughly half-way through Butcher’s proposed twenty book cycle and it’s interesting to see the Black Council starting to break cover after acting largely behind the scenes throughout the earlier stories. While “Turn Coat” does reveal the identities of 1-2 members of the Black Council, are they really the only double-crossers among the senior wizards?
Write the next book, Jim, and quickly!