My rating: ★★★★☆
Read From: 17 January 2014 – 18 January 2014
The man with a vendetta against Harry Dresden, Donald Morgan, shows up at Harry’s front door. He’s wounded, on the run, and asking for help. Harry’s pathological need to always do the right things means that he offers that help right away. That doesn’t change the fact that he and Morgan both hate that Harry’s offering the help and that Morgan was forced to ask Harry for help. Morgan’s accused of murdering a member of the White Council’s Senior Council and Harry is practically the only wizard that doesn’t believe that he did it.
For the first time, we get to see the headquarters of the White Council and some of the inner political workings of the council. This is the first time in the series that the White Council has truly felt like a large, global concern rather than just a group of a few powerful wizards. (From this view we also see, quite clearly, why other magical powers keep referring to the White Council as a rotten tree that’s about to fall.) By the end of this story, it’s clear that the White Council has more than one active traitor and that it would be dangerous for any one to depend on the wizards for help.
This is another solid story that continues to develop both Harry Dresden and the world that he lives in.