Series: The Dresden Files #13
Published by Penguin Audio, Roc on July 26, 2011
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
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My Reviews in this series: Storm Front, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin, Skin Game
The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...
Someone’s out of their weight class
We open up in Ghost Story with Harry being in shall we say not quite the after life, ok let’s call it limbo instead. He’s told he must go back to Chicago as a ghost to find out who killed him otherwise 3 people close to him will be seriously hurt. Of course he goes back, who wouldn’t go back if they were told that? Unfortunately for him, he’s used to being a heavy weight and now he literally has no weight to throw around. It’s like watching a guppie get thrown in with a pack of piranhas. Entertaining as it may have been to watch Harry be powerless for once I think this effected some of the mojo in the book.
Because he is powerless we get to see other characters step up to the plate that normally Harry would have dominated. This was quite a refreshing change and I loved seeing how these characters handled things. It was especially nice having Harry stop and think about things. After all what more could he do other than mull over his circumstances, the people from his life and his own past actions. Indeed, Harry undergoes a lot of personally eye opening moments, given that he’s finally stopping to think about things instead of rushing headlong into the fray. He’s able to reflect and catch details about his past that he never noticed before and he sees just how much he has effected the lives of the people he cares about.
Bedazzle you with the Smoke and Mirrors
Any magician worth his salt knows about misdirection but only an effective one can put it to you the way Jim Butcher can. It’s likely why I’ve always returned to his books again and again because I can always expect to be strung along by my nose, not being able to guess at where we might be going next. Ghost Story delivers that here with a punch. I’m tootling along thinking in one direction and then I’m thrown for a loop with an altogether different kind of revelation. I was a bit peeved towards the end with a few things that felt tacked on like ‘afterthoughts’ but that might just be me personally and who knows others might think its totally normal for them to have been included. I can see why they would have been given the circumstances but I couldn’t help feeling the way I did.
I can see right through you!
So sometimes Harry never ceases to gobsmack me with how daft he can be in certain areas. Of course that particular trait is also part of what I find so appealing about him. He SEES things, or just knows them about people, but by golly there is so much he really doesn’t know – or just doesn’t get. In a way I kind of compare him to my husband that way, it’s endearing how his clueless tendencies can make me both want to throttle him and hug him. Yeah, so what that’s my oddball contradictive fangirl moment.
But oh, Ghost Story after that cliffhanger of an ending in Changes I had expected all sorts of crazy fireworks and hell raising that I didn’t quite get. There was just so Muchy-Muchness to Changes that in a way I felt a little let down by the action level in Ghost Story. Ultimately, it was still a vastly enjoyable read even though it didn’t grab me as much as the preceding novels. Another great addition to the Dresden Files.