Hello fellow bookworms, today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. Book 8 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files.
What’s Proven Guilty about?
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Title: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #8
Published by Hachette UK, Penguin Audio on 4 March 2010, 28th December 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Occult & Supernatural, Urban, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Private Investigators, Urban Fantasy, Witchcraft
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 16 hours 16 minutes
No. of Pages: 528
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Harry has no friends on the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined (and they may have a point). However, now vampire wars have thinned out the wizards a little, they need him. So before he can blink, he's assigned to investigate rumours of black magic.
Harry's other problem is an old friend's daughter - all grown-up and in trouble already. Her boyfriend insists he's innocent of something resembling a crime straight out of a horror film. This first impression turns out to be . . . well, pretty accurate, as Harry discovers malevolent entities feeding on fear.
All in a day's work for a wizard, his dog, and a talking skull named Bob.
Magic - it can get a guy killed.
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Listened To: 5th – 15th April 2021
In 2020, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge I still haven’t completed some of the larger series on my list. However, I’m happy to be able to check off another book from one of them. I started The Dresden Files back in 2018! Eek!
What did I think of Proven Guilty?
Another Gripping Story To Add To This Amazing Series.
I feel exhausted! My buds were in my ears at every waking moment.
I’m devouring the books in this series; each one so far has held me gripped. The Dresden Files is becoming one of my favourite reads. The magic and paranormal abilities found in these stories feel believable, real, as do the characters. They’re multifaceted creations that have credibility; with depth and layers to their personalities. Good or bad, light or dark is an illusion, the reality is a myriad of shades of grey.
Proven Guilty has all the aspects perfectly blended to create a gripping book.
There’s a great balance between the various building blocks of this story: Mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective, and the paranormal. Jim Butcher blends the more brutal aspects with well-written humour, love, friendship and hope. This mix helps to keep the story from being too dark and heavy. The pace was once again continual, the threats on Harry’s life raining down on us like a storm. There are revelations in Proven Guilty that took my breath away and aspects of the White Council that I’m hoping will be tackled in the future. I enjoyed trying to second guess what would happen next and how Harry would get out of the various deadly situations he inevitably found himself in.
James Marsters performance was, once again, amazing.
The pace at which James read the narrative was great, adding just the right amount of emotion to his performance to transport me into each scene. The voices he’s created for each character adds another level of credibility to the dialogue. I feel that James has personified our protagonist. Bringing Harry to life in his narration of this series.
In short, Proven Guilty is a gripping audiobook.
There’s no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end. However, it’s part of an ongoing series so don’t expect all the loose ends to be neatly tied up. 😉 Harry may have won the battles in this book, but, we’re left with no doubt that he’ll need to face many more in the future. I for one, can’t wait to find out what adventures Harry is forced to go on next.
And because I love James’s narration so much, here’s his bio too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Proven Guilty. Have you read this one or any others by Jim Butcher? I’d love to hear from you, drop me a comment below so that we can chat books.
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Bye for now,