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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (Dresden #11)

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  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 grudge against anyone who bends the rules.

Like Harry.

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.

Like Harry.

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.

Like Harry.

"Read" as an audiobook and I couldn't stick those CD's into the player fast enough.  Stop lights are my friends - extra listening time!  In fact, I finished the last CD sitting in my garage.  

As this series has progressed, the writing style and plot development have definitely improved.  There seems to be less organized chaos and more methodical character and background building.  Things are following a logical formatting which I appreciate. 

In Turn Coat we have Warden Morgan showing up battered and beaten on Harry's doorstep with him pleading for sanctuary.  Harry, despite his intense dislike and mistrust of Morgan, shelters him without many qualms.  But this illusion of shelter can't be maintained when everything starts to point right at Chicago: we have Shag-nasty (an evil skinwalker of Native American construct who wants Morgan), the White Court is involved when Thomas is kidnapped and Magdalene is out for vengeance,  Captain of the Guard Anastasia finds out Harry has Morgan and is now caught between the two people she cares about the most, and the White Council will have someone's head on a platter by the end of the day whether that person is innocent or not.  Nothing is what it seems to be.

Lots going on, well coordinated cast of characters, good character development, nicely plotted out.  Only a couple of detraction's in the way of loose ends and in that I figured out the "who done it" almost immediately.  Recommended, but advise starting at the beginning of the series.

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