Review: White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher

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The Dresden Files #9
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy
April 3rd 2007


The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...


White Night opens around a year after the previous book. Harry and his apprentice Molly are investigating a rash of suspicious murders. Someone or something is killing off those practitioners who barely have any power/magic. 

I always feel a little lost when I first start theses books. It has to do with the time in-between when one book ends to when the next one starts. I’m reading one a month, but each book has like a year difference in them and so, I feel like I’m miss something like maybe a novella or short story that I needed to read, but once I get into the book I’m all in until the bitter end.

I really enjoy these books. Harry, I like the balance of dark and light within him. It feels real. We all have light and dark in ourselves and each day is a battle to keep them balanced. I also really enjoy the secondary characters; like Murphy, Thomas, Johnny Marcone, Ramirez, and others. They bring with them some fun, interesting, and enjoyable moments. 

I was pleasantly happy to see Johnny Marcone, Chicago’s notorious underworld boss return. He’s a dark character, but he’s also a good man. We finally learn who the mystery girl is that Johnny is hiding away and taking care of. Murphy and Thomas where amazingly awesome in this installment. Murphy is one of my favorite characters and I wish Harry and Murphy would get together, but they are just friends, but I keep hoping. Thomas has some secrets in this installment and one that was a fun moment to read when Harry found out. Molly, well she got on my nerves with her complete disregard for her actions and how they impact others. I get she’s young and learning, but still. The only character I didn’t like seeing was Harry’s teenage girlfriend who comes back. I don’t know. It probably has to do with me wanting Harry and Murphy together. 

The Dresden Files are always packed full of action, mystery, and suspense. The different storylines all work well together and seeing Harry constantly struggle with morals, a fallen angel, and more intrigues me. 

White Night had a lot to offer and I can’t wait to discover what nonsense Harry finds himself in next. 

Rated: 4 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “Review: White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher

  1. I only tried book 1 but one day I need to read more
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    • You should. The series only gets better. Thank’s for stopping in.

  2. I love this series so much. I’ve listened to all of it, including all the shorts. I’m not sure Marcone is a good guy. He is smart enough to work with Harry at times.
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    • Marcone is on that line of good and bad. He serves a purpose and has his limited on how far he’d go. He is smart enough to work with Harry, I agree on that. This series is good. I’ve only listened to one and very much enjoyed, but since I started reading I stayed with that formate. ^_^

  3. Ah… I remember this one. It was good (they all are!), but not one of the better ones. It really starts to amp up soon! Enjoy!
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    • Oh good. I’ve got the next to read. I just need to get into a reading mood. This series has been fun. I like it!

  4. Fabulous review Angela!! Shared on my socials!??

    • Thank you! ?

  5. I do love this series. I love Murphy too. There are some short stories. I didn’t read them in chronological order with the full length novels. I read them with the anthologies, Brief Cases and Small Jobs. Those are available on audio too.
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    • I haven’t been reading the shorts along with the novels. I’ll have to pick up those shorts sometime. Thank’s for visiting.