Finished! Changes

Changes by Jim Butcher

Changes is the twelfth book in The Dresden Files series. Here’s what the flap on the book says:

As Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden has faced demons, vampires, werewolves, dark sorcerers, and hosts of horrors from beyond the mortal realm.
But nothing could have prepared him for this…
I answered the phone and Susan Rodriguez said, “They’ve taken our daughter.”
Long ago, Susan was Harry’s lover–until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her body and soul torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. For both her sake and Harry’s, Susan disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.
Now Ariana Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered the secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it–against Harry. The Duchess blames Harry for the death of her husband, and she has desired revenge ever since. Susan’s secret is the key that will force Harry to take the battle to her, on her own ground, where the might of the Red Court holds sway.
To prevail, he may have to do the unthinkable. For the raging fury of Harry’s untapped power has always proved to be his greatest temptation. And now he may have no choice but to embrace the darkness within himself.
Because this time, Harry’s not fighting to save a client, or the Council, or the world…
He’s fighting to save his child.

I couldn’t say it better myself.

I went to a book signing of Turn Coat last April. The title of this book was already known and people were wondering why he changed his pattern of two-word titles. Jim simply said it’s because there are a lot of changes happening in the book. That’s putting it mildly. Amazing book as always.
Spoilers beyond this point. You have been warned.

When I finished the book, my first thought was “What. The. Hell!” Changes? That’s putting it mildly!! I’m just going to list them as they happen and go from there.

  • Harry and Susan have a kid?! And that’s how he starts it off. Harry and Susan have an eight-year-old daughter that lives with a foster family and doesn’t know of any other family. Like Harry doesn’t have enough to worry about, but it gets better. She’s been taken by the Red Court. OMG. What is going to happen in this book?!
  • The Red Court owns Harry’s office building and blows his office up. That was a damn moment but not too bad. It’s sad to see his office go, but it’s the least of his worries.
  • The FBI barges in and arrests him. His poor door. That door has gone through so much shit only to have the FBI kill the wall around it. Jerks.
  • Because of the above, his apartment gets burned down. All his stuff. Little Chicago. His summoning circle. The original Star Wars poster. Poor Mister’s out on his own somewhere in Chicago. Harry’s home is gone. That was a really bad mood.
  • Then the Blue Beetle gets destroyed. With his staff inside no less. Everything is just getting ripped from him.

After all of that, I can’t blame him for becoming the Winter Knight. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how he’s going to handle it, if it actually happens. I still think someone’s going to intervene before Mab can finish the process and he’ll be free.
But before that he has to kill Susan and finds out Ebenezer’s his grandfather. Granted, the latter makes sense out of a lot of things. And as horrible as it is that Susan had to die, it’s amazing that her death brought the end of the Red Court. Basically there’s only one court of vampires left now, the White Court. It’s amazing that in one book he switches gears completely from the war to whatever the hell is going to happen with Harry. Also, that should get the White Council off his case a bit. Not only did he kill his ex-lover turned full vamp, he ended the Red Court and the war. But being the champion of Winter might negate that.
Then again, there’s that ending. What. The. Hell! I really hate cliffhangers, especially when they’re a season finale. That’s basically what he’s done here. It’s going to be months, if not a year, before the next book comes out. I never can wait for the next book, but this is going to be so hard to wait!

Spring Book Challenge: Read a book released in April, May, or June of 2010.


2 thoughts on “Finished! Changes

  1. Great recap! I think he’s not going to be the Winter Knight anymore, because he died, so the power would’ve gone back to Mab, right? That’s how it was explained in previous books. I think one of his allies killed him to keep him from living that life.

    1. I totally forgot about that! I’m pretty sure you’re right. It’s sorta like being The Slayer, it goes away when you die.
      Maybe it was Murphy. She was supposed to meet him at the boat. And she’s a good enough shot to do it. But she would have probably been right in the water pulling him out when he went in.
      Okay, now that I think about it, maybe it wasn’t Murphy. I’m interested in seeing how he’s not going to permanently die. Considering he’s got a few powerful beings on his side, he’s not permanently dead. Argh! Too many possibilities! Can’t wait for next book!

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