Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

proven-guiltyProven Guilty
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2006
E-book, Purchased
403 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it’s all in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob….

I was fairly sure that my day couldn’t get much worse.

No sooner had I thought it than there was a horrible crunching sound, and my head snapped back hard against the headrest on the back of the driver’s seat. The Beetle shuddered and jounced wildly, and I fought to keep it under control.

You’d think I would know better by now.


I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.


  • Mouse continues to be a wonderful character. Very heroic.
  • I like the horror movie convention.
  • Thomas finally leaves after about two years living with Harry, but is mysterious about where and what he is doing.
  • We get to see more of Karrin Murphy in this book. She’s a favorite character of mine.
  • Michael and his family show up again in this book and we find out more about them.
  • Lots of White Council and various members of the Council plus their war with the Red Vampires.
  • A hint for future books–is there a traitor in the White Council?
  • Some of the book takes place in the Nevernever and with the Faeries there and in Dresden’s Chicago. I like that.


  • A reader knows what they’re getting in this series. I like that, but some readers might get tired of the predictability. I like Harry, his friends and his world too much to worry very much about it.


  • The series is urban fantasy with a mystery (or mysteries) to solve–in this case the mystery at the horror movie convention.
  • The war with the vampires (the ongoing story arc through most of this series) continues in this book.
  • This is one of my favorite books of the series so far. Harry is more proactive and positive in this book and works with quite a few different people on different problems. Some of the people like him and some don’t—business as usual!
  • I’m looking forward to seeing where these books are going since we get some intriguing hints for future books.

Have you read books in this series? How do you like them?

Reading challenges

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. I’m placing this book in one of my series squares.

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher”

  1. Ooops, I started reading the review then realized I hadn’t read this book yet ! I’m glad you loved it and hope I’ll finally read it 🙂


    1. Oh, I know how that can happen! I try to keep spoilers out, but by this time in the series that’s hard to do. I hope you do get a chance to read it though I know we all seem to have lots of books to read!


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