Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)

Turn Coat - Jim Butcher Morgan, the Warden who has made Harry's life a misery, the Warden who has assumed Harry was a Warlock, persecuted him, attacked him, constantly looked for an excuse to drive Harry over the edge and give Morgan an excuse to execute him – arrives at Harry's door. He's injured, he's been framed for a crime he didn't commit and he's being chased by the other Wardens. And he wants Harry's help – to shelter him, to hide him and to help clear his name.The Black Council is upping the ante – the White Council is buzzing with news of treachery and it's manipulations not only dragging in the White Council, but setting them up for a confrontation with the White Court as well as involving some of the greatest powers in the US. The White Council itself seethes with politics where truth and justice are rapidly pushed aside in the name of power, appearance and strength.And Harry dives into all this feet first, as he ever does.Yet again I liked this story and I have to say it was another story that brought the epic. Especially when Harry began to draw all the forces together at Demonreach. It was an epic moment and an epic battle. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jim Butcher can write some truly immense battle scenes. The description of magic, the right balance of the action without it being too wordy or convoluted – it just works. It's exciting, it draws you in and makes me love every word of it.Similarly we have the same staples that Jim Butcher does so well – there's a mystery, it is neither ridiculously convoluted nor boringly simple. There are nuances and red herrings, there are hints and there are multiple things and factions happening at the same time. It all comes together into a well woven and complex story balancing metaplot with current plot, the mystery with character development, action and excitement with exposition and dialogue. What can I say? The man writes an incredible story.I also loved how the Senior Council was portrayed in this book. Because we see a lot of the poor decisions they make, the Council has made the impression of being bumbling, incompetent buffoons in need of a good slap. And I'm not saying the slap isn't still warranted but the greater insight into the politics that bind the White Council have fleshed them out a lot more (the Merlin and Ancient Mai are still; not my favourite people, however). I also liked to see the power of them – yes I admit to liking my flashy shiny scenes, but seeing Listens-to-the-Wind, Ebenezer and especially the Merlin turn round and make it abundantly clear that THIS is why they're in charge – ultimately because they're brilliant, amazingly powerful wizards who can go toe-to-toe with anything else in the world was something we needed to see. And I'm glad we're not just settling for the simplistic “boss is an arsehole” trope. Yes, he's an arsehole – but he's a capable arsehole with reasons for his arseholery.Read more