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This review is from: Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book Thirteen (Hardcover)
Having decided to give this series a go right around the time Ghost Story was released I have pretty much read each installment back to back. As you can imagine this was a major plus for me when I became instantly hooked after book one. The flip side of this coin however is that now I have to let go of these characters after having been with them for a significant amount of time and as Harry is prone to say. "It hurts". (Yes, I know. This is not the final chapter of the series.)
Ghost Story has some solid character development especially with regards to Harry's introspection during the plot's developments and Butcher shows grace in his ability to reach back into the events of Harry's past and shine new perspective on elements of the story. However, Ghost Story does end on somewhat of a cliffhanger. Even though other characters have a chance to make an appearance, blossom and become more refined, long standing developments and undercurrents that have been present for many volumes have yet to be addressed.
In truth I wouldn't be so harsh as to say that this was such a colossal problem as I'm pretty sure Butcher has several more installments in the works. My concern though is that with this type of voluminous series I'm just worried that the payoff for certain long term incomplete aspects, that are significant for me within the Dresden Files, will not be as rewarding as the promise in the journey or god forbid never make an appearance at all. I have yet to see some of those aspects bear fruit and I am just hoping that, when all is said and hopefully done, the juice will be worth the squeeze. This is all conjecture however and I am willing to give Butcher the benefit of the doubt. The only other issue is actually having to wait for the next installment (heh).
Fingers crossed that this fantastic series is given the chance to reach completion (and that I'm around to see it!).
Changes and Ghost Story have done much to breathe new life into the series. If you have read the previous DF installments you will probably read Ghost Story regardless of what any review tells you (hence, the relative brevity).
PS- My apologies for the vague hypothesis but I didn't want to get too specific and possibly spoil anything.