When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry's head. He's still thought of as a black sheep by some--and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a drudge against anyone who bends the rules.
So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn't exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council--and there's only one final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog.
Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head.
I've been kind of wavering between continuing along with Harry on his journey, or stepping off the boat. Lately anything that runs more than 6 books in a series, seems to lose my interest--who are these people? What did they do 3 books ago, again? Um, I forget... Y'know, that kinda thing.
Turn Coat, the latest installment in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, made me glad I picked it up. I mean, Morgan shows up, battered, asking for help. This is the dude who's like a hangnail you can't quite get rid of, sticking around closely because he's so sure Harry's rotten. Makes for an interesting adventure, then, doesn't it?
Especially considering the chaos left in the wake of an uneasy truce between the White Court and the Council, the fae popping up, and the specter of a traitor. So what does Harry do? Well, you know he can't turn a hurtin' man down. Even if it's Morgan. So Harry goes to see what scary bogeymen are hiding between doors #1, #2, and #3.
You're picking this one up if you're a fan of Harry Dresden. You'll pick it up if you've never heard of Harry Dresden, but like a good old-fashioned mystery wrapped up in creatures, curses, and corny humor--never mind that this is fantasy. I don't think reading the first ten are necessary to enjoy Turn Coat, but you might miss some of the subtle nuances. Not bad for book #11...
Title: Turn Coat
Author: Jim Butcher
Hardcover: 418 pages
Publisher: NAL, 2009