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Proven Guilty Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Things just never get easy for Harry Dresden. The White Council, who always had it out for him, has recently made Harry a Warden for the White Council (basically the police force for the wizarding community). You'd think with this promotion, the intrepid wizard/private investigator would be more accepted. But at the beginning of this book, a trial is being held for a young man that has used magic to influence the mind of a human.

Turn Coat Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Harry Dresden has recently been appointed a warden of the White Council. Now, the strange part about Harry being made a warden is that he was once on probation for the possibility that he was starting to lean to the dark side. While Harry was on probation, Warden Donald Morgan was assigned to watch over Harry's every move. Morgan did his job well, to the point of accusing almost every move of Dresden's to be black Magic. So when Morgan is accused of murdering a member of the White Council and escaping their prison, no one would ever expect Harry Dresden to hide him from the others.

Princeps' Fury Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Tavi has been accepted as the Princep (heir to the crown of First Lord). However, a recent civil war in Alera has left many citizens disgruntled and wanting something more than what the First Lord seems able to offer. Alera has many enemies surrounding them, including the Marat to the south, the Ice Men to the north and, across the sea to the west, the Canim. Fortunately, diplomacy and kindness have created an ally with the Marat, and the Canim have agreed to cease hostilities for now.

Cursor's Fury Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Cursor's Fury continues the adventures of Gaius Octavius, or Tavi, the only Aleran who cannot perform magic through controlling a part of nature. But Tavi is the grandson and only heir to the First Lord, Gaius Sextus. His true identity is kept secret to avoid assassination by those seeking to overthrow the First Lord. Tavi's mother uses her water-fury crafting skills to prevent Tavi from developing what would no doubt be extremely powerful fury crafting.

Academ's Fury Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Picking up two years after the events in the book, Furies of Calderon, our hero, Tavi, lacks the ability to control the furies, making him a "freak" in Alera. Studying to become a cursor, or messenger, for the First Lord (Emperor) of Alera, Tavi learns the job also requires becoming a spy and a warrior.  As his studies near their end, a new danger comes to the capitol of Alera, where the First Lord resides and where the home of the academy Tavi is attending is located.

Furies of Calderon Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The narrator, Kate Reading, delivers the punch, when needed, in this epic adventure Her voice easily reveals characters' sense of loss or hope and, when the situation requires it, she can drum up plenty of excitement for all of the battle scenes. Jim Butcher may have written all the words, but it's her delivery that allows the audiobook listener to become completely immersed in the land of Alera.

Small Favor Small Favor by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
To say Harry Dresden leads a complicated life would be an understatement of the highest caliber. In fact, he's at his least comfortable when no one's trying to kill him, because it means he doesn't know who his current enemy is. But for a few months now, things have been quiet, almost blissfully so. Of course, that just means it's the calm before the storm, and in this case, a major storm's a-brewing. And this time, it involves one of the most dangerous people Harry has ever had the misfortune of dealing with.

Captain's Fury Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
In this fourth book of the Codex Alera, Tavi's mysterious origin is discovered. It seems Tavi has more in store for his future than simply being a captain of the First Aleran Legion. The book is a pivot in which Tavi begins his transformation, as do many other characters in the series. The beginning of this story finds Tavi in charge of an attack on the raiding Canim, a race of wolf-like humanoids that have invaded Alera by crossing the sea. It turns out not to be an invasion,

White Night White Night by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
As any Spider-Man fan can tell you, with great power comes great responsibility. As Harry Dresden, wizard, private investigator, and Warden of the White Council, can tell you, with great responsibility comes even greater headaches. And in Harry's case, the headaches tend to be magically explosive, often fatal, and always messy.

Proven Guilty Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
As the war between the White Council and the vampiric Red Court rages on with ever-higher casualties, Harry is tasked to find out what the Summer and Winter Courts of the Fae have up their sleeves. He's got some history with the two Courts, which makes him ideal for the task. Find out why the Fae haven't acted in response to earlier slights. Find out why the Red Court has gotten away with blatant acts against the Fae. Discover what it will take to bring the Sidhe to bear against the vampires, and not the mages. Oh, and by the way, all evidence supports the existence of a traitor within the White Council.

Dead Beat Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
This being Harry Dresden's life, he's immediately plunged into a vicious multi-element struggle that makes the Maltese Falcon affair look like a Bobbsey Twins adventure. The crazies start popping out of the woodwork, everyone looking for either the Word of Kemmlar, or an ancient book about the mythical Erlking, and they either want Harry to find said books, hand them over promptly, or please die now. In some cases, all three. The really bad news? Six of the new nasties in town are necromancers. Before you know it, Harry's up to his wizard's staff in zombies, with no end in sight.

Blood Rites Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Harry Dresden, the only openly-practicing wizard and private investigator in Chicago, is on the job once again. Over the past few years, he's tangled with everything from vampires to werewolves to demons, and helped to save Chicago, and sometimes the entire world, from destruction. He's been used as a pawn by forces far greater than he can imagine, stared into the abyss, and laughed at death. He's made some strange allies, and strange enemies along the way. But old enemies lurk in the shadows, and some history is about to come back and bite him in a very sensitive spot.

Death Masks Death Masks by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
As usual, Harry's in trouble. The war between the White Council of Wizards and the Red Court of Vampires, which Harry accidentally precipitated in Book 3 of The Dresden Files, is still claiming casualties. Now Harry's been approached by Paolo Ortega, a Duke of the Red Court, with a challenge to settle matters in single combat. If Ortega wins, the Red Court will accept peace overtures from the White Council. If Harry wins, the city of Chicago will become neutral ground. It's an offer Harry can't refuse...

Summer Knight Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only wizard for hire (he's in the Yellow Pages, under "Wizards") is working his way through the supernatural catalogue. In the previous books in this popular series, he's faced demons, werewolves, and vampires, plus assorted ghosts, spirits, revenants, and supernatural manifestations. Now, in this one, he's mixed up with faeries -- and the stakes are higher than they've ever been.

Grave Peril Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, is up to his neck in ghosts. All over his hometown of Chicago, angry apparitions are making trouble -- more of them than Harry has ever seen before. Even with the help of Michael Carpenter (a.k.a. the Fist of God, bearer of one of only three God-given swords dedicated to the fight of good against evil), Harry has been run ragged trying to send the spooks back to the Nevernever where they belong.

Fool Moon Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Things have not been good lately for Chicago's only professional wizard. His previous case, in which he worked with the Chicago PD to solve a series of gruesome murders committed by a mad warlock turned druglord, brought him a lot of publicity, but not the helpful kind. When another set of brutal killings comes to light, his police contact, Lt. Karrin Murphy, is the only one who makes the connection between the timing of the killings and the full moon.

Storm Front Storm Front by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Harry is a wizard for hire (in the Yellow Pages, under "Wizards"). He doesn't have a lot of competition. Then again, he doesn't have a lot of business. At the turn of the millennium, popular awareness of the paranormal has skyrocketed, but most with paranormal skills still prefer anonymity. When the police department asks Harry to assist with a particularly gruesome double murder that may have been accomplished by magic, he can't afford to say no.

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