8058301Long live the wizard.

Or not in this case…

When we last saw our local Chicago bound wizard, Harry Dresden, he had been shot in the head after wiping out the Red Court vampires.  Now, six months later, his spirit is given an opportunity to return to Chicago to save the lives of his friends, and as it turns out, everyone else in the city.  So of course he takes it.

And what he floats into is a whole heap of trouble.  With the destruction of the Red Court, a void has been left in the power structure of the supernatural world so now a lot of little/middle guys are throwing their hats -and each other- into the ring to replace them.

So of course this pretty much leads to an all out war with the humans (Harry’s friends in particular) caught in the crossfire.

So what’s a ghost to do?

Why, investigate his own murder, track down one of the supernatural muck lucks, and raise an army of homicidal spirits to take down sed muck luck.  Natch.

And can we say mind = blown here?  Yeah, I knew you could.  Lots of character growth here and when Harry solves his own murder…phew…I totally don’t want to be him on his best day…

I was actually a little worried about starting up Ghost Story, it had been so long since I last read a Dresden Files book and I don’t remember going through the last few at a swift pace, but Ghost Story was able to draw me in and keep me engaged the whole time.  I loved it.

Aaaaand finishing up the Empires trilogy, we got Crusade by James Lowder next.

291559Picking up from where Dragonwall left off, the book sheds light on the Cormyrean king, masterminding and then leading the crusade in the defense of the entire continent following the invasion of eastern Faerun, Ashanath, Rashemen, and Thesk, by Khahan Yamun and the Tuigan horsemen. Whereas Horselords looks at the story from the point of view of Koja and the Tuigan, and Dragonwall looks at the continuation of the same story from the point of view of General Batu and the Shou Lung, Crusade is written from King Azoun’s and subsequently the West’s perspective. In addition, there are two parallel stories running: the king’s relations with Alusair, his estranged daughter, and the adventures of John Razor, a fletcher from Suzail, as he takes part in the Crusade.