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Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

I've fallen a bit behind on my reviews. Under the cut is Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. There are some spoilers for the end of Dead Beat. Next I will review The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, which I finished JUST before midnight, so I'm still considering it a 2008 read.


At the beginning of Proven Guilty, Harry is struggling with his new role as Warden for the White Council. After watching a young wizard, permanently twisted by black magic, executed by Morgan, he begins to second guess his new role. But Harry soon finds himself with bigger problems with deal with. First, the Gatekeeper warns Harry about black magic in Chicago. Second, Harry and the Blue Beetle are the victims of a hit and run. Third, Harry receives a phone call from Molly Carpenter, daughter of Michael Carpenter, advising him that she needs to be bailed out of jail. Before Harry knows is, he’s been dragged to a horror convention where something is causing movie monsters to come to life. It’s up to Harry to stop them, before someone else gets hurt. He just needs to find out who summoned them.

Proven Guilty is another satisfying edition to the Dresden Files. At first, I didn’t really connect to the horror convention storyline (although certain scenes were very creepy to read at night!). Then, more than halfway through the book, we’re thrown a real twist involving a so-far minor character, and things get really exciting. The last few chapters, although not action packed, are incredibly suspenseful. Proven Guilty is also the first book to openly deal with Harry’s romantic feelings for Murphy, although anyone looking for a whirlwind romance will be let down. I also liked that we got to see more of Michael Carpenter’s family, especially Charity and Molly. Although not quite as satisfying as the last book in the series, Dead Beat, I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Proven Guilty.

Now I only have two books left, White Night and Small Favor. What am I going to do when I run out of Dresden books?


Rating: Four and half out of five stars
Similar Books: The Women of the Underworld Series by Kelley Armstrong.
Other books I've read by this author: Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight (my review), Death Masks (my review), Blood Rites (my review), Dead Beat (my review)

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