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Book Cover Image: Turn Coat by Jim ButcherTitle: Turn Coat (Dresden Files #11)
Author: Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Audiobook Length: 14 hours, 40 minutes
Genre: Fantasy

”The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council-and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Like Harry Dresden. Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake could cost Harry his head…”

Thoughts: When a reader was first introduced to Harry Dresden’s world, Donald Morgan was very much the Bad Guy, with his inability to accept Harry’s overall goodness and stark differentiation between black and white. My, how things have changed after eleven books! In Turn Coat  Harry finds himself protecting the man he once tried to do everything to avoid and in so doing establishes a line of demarcation that means the difference between life and death, something Harry knows all too well.

While every book in the series elicits some laughter with Harry’s wisecracking nature, there is a darkness to Turn Coat that is an indicator of bleaker things to come. That is not to say that there is not some humor behind Turn Coat  The reappearance of Toot-toot is always delightful, as is his allegiance to his Pizza Lord. However, there is an unspoken gloom that seeps insidiously into each scene but can best be seen in the drastic and somewhat desperate actions Harry is forced to take and by the horrifying results. Better yet, there is a mastery behind this building tension that shows that this is not some random chance. Mr. Butcher has a plan, and he excels at balancing his plan with keeping the reader’s interest in the current story.

James Marsters is Harry Dresden. Enough said.

Turn Coat ratchets up the already-significant tension and anticipation as readers finally get some concrete clues to the existence of the Black Council and its various members. While details have been elusive to date, one gets the impression that the truth is slowly becoming more concrete and the insidious plot of the Black Council is slowly gaining distinction from its shadowy nature. Sides are definitely being drawn, and there is a subtle air of desperation among the Grey Council and Harry that adds to the strain. With plots that become more intricate to the sinister mystery of the Black Council, the anticipation for future novels in the series becomes intense.

Acknowledgments: Mine. All mine.

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