The latest installment of the Dresden Files is sure to please longtime fans. Harry hurtles from one dangerous situation to the other -- wisecracking all the way -- in a story that's jam-packed with nonstop action. What Butcher lacks in subtlety as a writer, he definitely makes up for in humor. There are interesting developments and revelations in this volume, but as usual, events seem a bit opaque until Harry figures out what's going on himself.
By agreeing to do so, Harry puts himself in the middle of a stickier situation than usual, one which will stretch his loyalties and powers to the ends of his limits -- and which will change him forever. (Roc, Apr., 432 pp., $23.95)