“Tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.”
So another year, another day out with Harry. Or night out in this case. And a night filled with seductive bookworms, cloaked figures, and Polka music. Oh and a T-Rex, but we’ll get to that in a bit. No far more important is Butter’s and his Polka. The one-man mortician band is back and better then ever, swooping in with Mouse to save the day on more than one occasion. Ah, Mouse. That reminds me. He is no longer the adorable ickle puppy of Blood Rites, now he is more a canine inclined mammoth.
So the night started out with Harry and I being made deputy librarians charged with tracking down the journal of a rather powerful Necromancer, who also happens to be our dear friend Bobs dad. Standard sort of entree at this point, but the following twists and turns were good departures from the norm though. There were Wardens abound too, and you know what that means. The return of the incredibly charismatic Morgan. Oh joy.
“If you go to your death rather than do everything you might to prevent what is happening, you are merely committing suicide and trying to make yourself feel better about it. That is the act of a coward. It is beneath contempt.”
At least there were a slew of new characters to offset dear Donald. There are the Wardens Anastasia and Carlos who are emit an air of casual badassery matched only by the Knights of the Cross. Then there’s Sue the T-rex. And last but not least there’s the villains Cowl, Corpsetaker, and Gravane who are all terrifying in their own way. Being necromancers helps with that. Although of all of them, Cowl is by far the most impressive. Harry is brushed aside with consummate ease regardless of what he throughs away, a hurricane’s worth of destruction is stared down with the calm of the untouchable, and even when confronted with twenty tons of calcified cretaceous carnivore.
This entry into the Dresden files is by far the best so far. Vibrant characters flourish before your eyes, the action is bigger than ever, and even more of the lore of the world is revealed to us. What’s more, it’s finale is one of the most entertaining things I have ever read. Few books have had me rocking back on my chair with delighted laughter ringing out but this tale joins that select group. A must read for all, and a good enough reason on its own to begin the whole damned series.
“I know how you feel,” I said. “You run into something you totally don’t get, and it’s scary as hell. But once you learn something about it, it gets easier to handle. Knowledge counters fear. It always has.”
Amazon Link: Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book Seven: 7