Book Review

GHOST STORY
by Jim Butcher

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

This book is mainly about the choices made by Harry Dresden — some good, a lot bad — that have led him to this particular crossroads in his life. Readers looking for an examination of the moral gray areas inherent in paranormal fantasy will probably enjoy this book, despite the meandering plot and repetitive self-flagellation by Harry.

Harry is having a really unpleasant year. His home has been destroyed, his life is in a shambles and to top it all off, he’s dead. And he has no idea who killed him. When he gets the chance to return to the mortal plane as a ghost he jumps at the opportunity. Without access to his magic, Harry discovers a Chicago that’s colder and darker than the one he left — in the vacuum left in the wake of the destruction of the Red Court, all sorts of supernatural nasties have come out of the woodwork to fill it. Harry’s first task is to make himself known to his friends and allies. His second will be to solve his own murder — while making sure no one else gets hurt. (ROC, Aug., 432 pp., $27.95)

Harry is having a really unpleasant year. His home has been destroyed, his life is in a shambles and to top it all off, he’s dead. And he has no idea who killed him. When he gets the chance to return to the mortal plane as a ghost he jumps at the opportunity. Without access to his magic, Harry discovers a Chicago that’s colder and darker than the one he left — in the vacuum left in the wake of the destruction of the Red Court, all sorts of supernatural nasties have come out of the woodwork to fill it. Harry’s first task is to make himself known to his friends and allies. His second will be to solve his own murder — while making sure no one else gets hurt. (ROC, Aug., 432 pp., $27.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: ROC

Published: August 2011

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(3 ratings)

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Ghost Story

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 29, 2012 - 5:05pm.

Wizard Harry Dresden is dead. Now he is a ghost. Only by finding the person who murdered him can Harry save three of his friends and move on. One big problem is contacting his friends. They can't see him; they can't hear him. Since the defeat of the Red Court Vampires more creatures have come forward to take their place. Harry's magic is gone. He must now find a way to defeat the dark entity controlling the malevolent ghosts or turn into one of the lost souls.

This story is certainly different from the other entries in the series. Harry no longer has his wizard magic, so we don't get as many actions scenes in this book. There are also a couple scenes in the book where I can say I was kind of bored. But there is a lot of originality in this story, and a twist I certainly didn't see coming. Many past characters are back in the story. I loved seeing Murphy, Butters, Molly and Bob. When Harry's murderer was uncovered, all I can say is I was shocked. My rating: 4 Stars.