Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

White Night
White Night


White Night
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2007
E-book, Purchased
416 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…


…and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There’s the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There’s the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn’t give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life as they grow and learn. There’s the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you are very, very lucky, there are a few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don’t feel it.


  • I enjoy this series a lot. Harry is a great character and I enjoy all the different characters which populate this world.
  • I like how Harry thinks about things–his ironic wit, his cynical look at the world he lives in, his open-eyed courage as he walks into danger.
  • This isn’t the book to read first if you’ve never read this series before. In the earlier books it isn’t necessary to start with book 1, but I think you should start with one of the first five and then maybe go back and read some of those first books (that’s what I did, BTW.)
  • I’ve read and reviewed this series more than any series since I started my blog a little over a year ago. (I’ve read more by other authors, but not since I started my blog).


  • The last book brings up the possibility of a white council conspiracy. It’s mentioned in this book, but not much happens on that front.


  • In less than a year I’ve read eight books in this series. I enjoy each book which is a complete story, but I also like the overall story arc which begins practically with the first book–the war between the red vampires and the white council and maybe a conspiracy within the white council.
  • I’m always ready to begin the next books, but I try to space them out a little so I don’t run out of books too quickly!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

This book is eligible for the following reading challenge:

  • The Book Bingo Challenge.

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.

10 thoughts on “Review: White Night by Jim Butcher”

  1. I have heard a lot about this series but haven’t picked one up yet. I think I’ll have look at the first 5 to see which one grabs me the most and start from there. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely have to give this series a try!


  2. My daughter ‘Robin’ really likes this series, too. I haven’t started it yet, but between the two of you, you’re definitely piquing my interest!


    1. It’s a good series and I like I still have quite a few books to read before I catch up! I hope you’ll enjoy it if you do read them, Lark.


  3. Looks like you’re at the point where you’ll be getting into some big changes! I am curious how you will like the next few books! I have kept up with this series, and the last one was the best one in a while! 😀


    1. Oh, that sounds exciting, Mogsy! I may have to start the next book sooner than planned! It’s good to hear the last one was really good.


  4. I’m adding this series to my audio to do list by the end of the year. I’m getting it suggested often as a favorite audio series, so I must give it a try. Can’t wait to get into it.


    1. I’ve listened to one of the books and I thought the narrator was good. Let me know how you like the series and the audio when you try it.


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