Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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Fast-paced and compelling Publishers Weekly A can't-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published Booklist (starred review) If you're only going to read one Dresden Files novel, this is the one to read, as it's got all the aspects that make the series great TheBookbag.co.uk Changes is yet another excellent instalment in what is arguably the finest urban fantasy series being written at the moment Bookgeeks.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head, so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. He is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series.See all Product Description
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And his problems pile up like so many skulls in the twelfth book of the Dresden Files series, which is appropriately titled "Changes." Jim Butcher's quirky sense of humor is still in place ("Ick! My lips touched dog lips!"), but this is definitely a darker twist in the series -- and Butcher seems intent on diving down into a place that's far darker, bloodier and scarier than most urban fantasy authors can even dream of.
Harry is understandably shocked when his ex-girlfriend Susan tells him that their daughter has been abducted by Duchess Arianna Ortega, a vampire of the Red Court who has a personal grudge against him. After all, he didn't even know he HAD a daughter. To make matters even worse, the supernatural world is on the verge of imploding because of the Red Court's war with the White Council, which means that Harry can't depend on his own kind for any actual help.
And what's more, Harry's being bombarded by assassins, giant Mayan demons, and hordes of Red Court vampires out to destroy/vampirize him. He has to gather as many allies as possible before Arianna puts her lethal plan into effect, and he might have to sacrifice his morals to do so. But even then, an all-out assault on the Red Court in their own territory will tax Harry and his little fellowship to the limits -- and will tear away even more of what he loves.
"Changes" is a painfully appropriate name for this book. Just about everything you know in the Dresden Files series changes here -- the enemies, the allies, the politics, the devastating losses and even the war against the Red Court.Read more ›
I have to say that Changes is the best book in the Dresden Files Series to date. So much happens in this instalment of Dresden's life. This books challenges Harry and some of those closest to him to battle the vicious Red Court. While calling in some favours Harry has to make some deals that he rather not have to and lead to future changes that all converge and take the reader on a hell of a global trip battling all sorts of nasties. You really find out who you can trust to have your back in this book.
Jim Butcher doesn't disappoint in pulling at those heart strings and making this book an epic battle ride between the love of a parent for their child and the extent one can take revenge against someone else.
There are lots of shocks in this twisted tale that will leave you gasping and cheering right to the last page. Dresden really finds out the kind of man he is and how deep his love can go for those dearest to him.
Jim Butcher hit it right out of the park with this latest Dresden File book.
Changes is no exception. Butcher's blend of humour and drama, magic and noir grit, and simple humanity [for all its graces and ills] still works. Think the first dozen or so Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker. Now add a unique and detailed set of rules for magic, complete with dire consequences for attempted misuse. Stir in all of Faerie, several different brands of vampire [ruled by various Courts], werewolves and the like and add apocalyptic stakes and you have an idea of both the grandeur and mire that inhabits this novel.
The plot is simple: one of the leaders of The Red Court [see vampires] plans to cast a bloodline spell that would remove all of Dresden's line from existence. Since, to his knowledge, that means the daughter he's just discovered exists, he must prevent the spell from taking place - and, oh, yeah, save the world.
He'll get no help from the governing body of wizards, The White Council, but there's always sympathetic cop, Sgt. Karrin Murphy [who packs a lot of smarts and tough into her five-foot nothing frame], his vampiric half-brother, Thomas [long story, don't ask - read the books] and the mother of his child, Susan Rodriguez [whom he'll hate for not telling him about his daughter - but not until after they prevent the spell].
If you haven't read any of Butcher's work [he also has a brilliant epic fantasy series, the Codex of Alera], pick up the first Dresden, Storm Front, and proceed through the series until you hit Changes. You'll be glad you did.
Seven years' ago, wizard Harry Dresden's love, Susan Rodriguez left after being turned into a half-vampire. Now she calls to tell him that his daughter Maggie, about whom he'd never known, has been kidnapped by the Duchess of the Red Court. Harry learns that Maggie is to be a blood sacrifice in an act that will destroy him and many others. Harry is determined to rescue his daughter.
I am, primarily, a mystery reader. I picked up 'Storm Front,' the first Harry Dresden book by Jim Butcher thinking it would be interesting to see how he brings mysteries and the paranormal together. While the books are far more paranormal/fantasy than mystery, about half-way into that first book, the genre definition no longer mattered.
Harry Dresden is not the stuff of fairy tales'at least, not the Disney versions--Grimm was, after all, rather grim'but the stuff of nightmares with a wickedly good sense of humor. It is definitely a series to be read in order.
Boy, does Butcher know how to tell a story. He touches every emotion while making us face the monsters in the closet. I thoroughly enjoyed the references to movie, television, literature which have become part of our popular culture.
The world and characters created by Butcher are vividly drawn and often very unpleasant. Much of that is offset by the strong human characters, excellent dialogue and wonderful humor. There is a delightful bit where Harry 'said firmly, 'I don't do hats.' This is a jab to the fact that the cover of every book shows Harry wearing a hat.
Dresden is a classic hero.Read more ›
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From the first sentence this book took the Dresden Files story line, ripped it apart and established an interesting, darker path for the series regular characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mastershammerguy
I thought the Dresden series had jumped the shark a number of books ago. Boy was I wrong! This book kicks ass right from the beginning to the amazing ending. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bootsy Bass
A very interesting book but it didn't have the same draw that some of the other books had for mePublished 10 months ago by Sean Talbot
Jim Butcher does it again. Action packed and a real page turner. It leaves you wAnting more.Published 10 months ago by shawn goldring
The author has again scored big with this book. First sentence in the book and already you are hocked. I find that this book is a bit more "darker" or a bit sad. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maurice
This is probably not the strongest of the series, but still well worth the read-and you have to like Harry Dresden!Published on March 23 2014 by Norman Hill
I haven't read a bad Jim Butcher book yet. My husband who is not an avid reader is completely hooked and asking me when the next one comes in. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2011 by HeathermB
In this book, Dresden transforms from a poverty striken detective who is also a wizard into a super hero who saves the world, and I did not enjoy it.Published on Oct. 13 2010 by Amy W