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Book Cover Image: Changes by Jim ButcherTitle: Changes (Dresden Files #12)
Author: Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Audiobook Length: 15 hours, 28 minutes
Genre: Fantasy

” Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden’s lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry’s not fighting to save the world…

He’s fighting to save his child.”

Thoughts: Oh. My. God. The first and last reaction to Changes is nothing short of complete shock. If Jim Butcher was slowly building towards something, with the twelfth book in the Harry Dresden series he is no longer doing so. Rather, he has decided to hurl the reader downwards towards the most exciting and emotional stories in the series. A reader can do nothing but go along for the ride, and what a ride it is.

If Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, no one has seen Harry Dresden furious, and it is a sight to behold. Harry has always had a dangerous level of anger within him, something that he has been able to use to keep himself alive in dire straits. With the life of his child on the line, that anger becomes downright frightening. All of his growing maturity, experience, and level-headedness culminates in cold calculation that is chilling while at the same time completely understandable. It makes intense reading as one truly has no idea how Harry is going to survive emotionally, spiritually, or physically.

Just when I thought James Marsters could not get any better, along comes Changes  He deserves an award for his depiction of Harry’s utter despair, his desolation, and loss. He brought tears to my eyes and more than a few lumps to my throat with his raw emotion.

Simply stated, Changes is a game-changer and the best book in the series to date, which is saying a lot because there is much to love in each of the previous books (“Polka will never die!”). Emotions are high in both Harry and the reader. Just when a reader feels that there is a light at the end of the emotional roller coaster, the cliffhanger ending will leave readers absolutely speechless with dread. Mr. Butcher has completely outdone himself, and it will be utterly fascinating to see what else is in store for Harry as we enter the second half of the series.

Acknowledgments: Mine. All mine.

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