Title: Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12)
Author: Jim Butcher
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
When Harry receives a phone call from his former girlfriend and unrequited love Susan Rodriguez, he is surprised, considering he never expected to hear from her again. What’s even more shocking is what she has to say – Red Court vampires have kidnapped their daughter. The thing is, Harry never even knew he had a daughter until that moment, but when faced the the prospect of her horrible death, Harry will go to the farthest lengths in order to get her back.
The title of the twelfth novel in The Dresden Files (reviews of Small Favor and Turn Coat) is incredibly apt. This book is a game changer. From the very first lines of the novel, it is clear that Harry’s life won’t be the same ever again. The choices he makes in this book in order to protect his daughter, while understandable, are shocking. Butcher clearly isn’t playing it safe with these books, taking risks that keep the series fresh. They certainly do make things interesting.
At this point in a series, you’d think that there wouldn’t be much character development left for the main persona, but Jim Butcher proves his talent by adding yet another layer to the complicated man that is Harry Dresden. We all knew he was loyal and dedicated, but this book shows just how far he is willing to go to protect someone he cares about, especially if he feels responsible for them.
There’s not much more I can say about this book without giving away significant portions of the plot, so I will just say that Changes is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Jim Butcher has crafted yet another amazing book and has once again left me wanting more, eagerly anticipating the next novel in this incredible series.
If you haven’t given this series a chance yet, I can’t recommend it highly enough. The first book in the series is called Storm Front, and you should definitely pick it up as soon as possible. The Dresden Files is clever and witty, and is probably my favorite series currently being written. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest library or bookstore, whether you’re starting the series or in the middle of it. You definitely won’t regret it.