Everything converges in this book, and I mean everything.
We’ve always known that Dresden was a powerful wizard, but he usually restricts himself and refuses to go down certain paths. However, with the kidnapping of his daughter, we get to see Harry on a rampage. It is beautiful, in a terrifying sort of way.
Almost all of the characters we’ve seen in the previous books make an appearance in this one. The plots, secrets, and pacts are perfectly woven together, and this culmination and convergence was probably one of my favourite parts.
They talk about the “point of no return” in stories, and well, I won’t spoil anything, but suffice it to say that Harry loses everything on his quest (view spoiler). It’s that much more impactful because we’ve had a dozen books to become attached to everything in this world.
By now, Butcher has refined his craft, and he writes with an economy of words that manage to tell so much, so clearly, in such a small space.
The climactic scene was the most powerful in any Dresden novel, and is right up there with my favourite endings of all time.
This book has everything, and it is a true Dresden finale (at least of the first arc).