We have to allow that in Peace Talks, Harry, Michael and Butters might be wrong about the new sword. They landed on a theory that there’s an angel inside the sword and that angels can’t act against mortal free will. As I read it, there’s 2 possibilities: they were wrong and the sword is a lot more nuanced, it can discern the difference between evil intent even when confronting a mortal, or it burned Harry because it was the Winter Mantle and it’s non-mortal fae power that it cut and not Harry himself. I prefer the latter theory since that would better explain the burn versus the amputation. That the sword is smart enough to wound to the degree of the evilness of a mortals actions is a bit too much for me.
I didn’t put this together at the time, but my sense is that LHOD is correct here. I can’t think of any other reason why he’d emphasize the “Sir” there if not to communicate that he’s a Knight of the Blackened Denarius. Dresden doesn’t often refer to them as Knights, but they have been called that before. Mab I’m pretty sure would keep it a secret, but I’d be a bit surprised that she couldn’t sense it on her own. I’m going to assume that Harry, Michael, Sanya, Butters, Mab and Molly will probably be the only ones who know at the start of the next book.
You could be referring to a few things. Bob splitting off his “evil” half which ultimately became it’s own dark spirit from Ghost Story. Bob’s personality didn’t really change, but he’s now got a new enemy out there. Also in Cold Days Bob communicates his worry that if anyone (Mab) were to come after him he needed a “safe house” of sorts. In exchange for knowledge of how to kill an immortal Harry promises to make Bob a second back-up skull that he can retreat to if needed. Harry made it, but it was a pretty crappy place compared to Bob’s mansion of a skull. Harry ends up needing to give it to Bonea once she gets freed from his head, so right now Bob doesn’t really have a backup anymore. Harry probably still owes him one.
It’s a fair concern, but I wouldn’t give up hope yet. We know that some people are ignoring it and are focused on just grieving/rebuilding, but we also know that it’s now under the spotlight for a bunch of new people. The CPD isn’t going to go back to the way they were, the SI department will probably get staffed back up again. Dresden’s bannermen will be out there as will Marcone’s. The Paranetters won’t be hiding under a rock anymore. The Librarians will probably become a major player.
When Harry said “everyone’s gonna know” he didn’t know about the MIBs or Librarians, and him forcing the Accords to do reparations probably helped people bury their heads a bit. I suspect we’ll learn that events like this have happened before and the MIB have a pretty good playbook to manage the fallout.
Also, if my theory above about Dresden creating his own little army of mortals and mortal-friendly monsters is anywhere close to true, there will certainly end up being a force of in-the-know people unlike we’ve seen before. We may also see squads of roving mortal vigilantes out there hunting down monsters and the like. Could put independent talents like the werewolves and Mort in a bunch of trouble.
If there’s anything we know, it’s that wizards and sidhe alike DO NOT SHARE INFORMATION. I think it’s very defensible that there’s a secret governmental agency out there working against the magic world. Harry encountered Tilly and Denton and the Hexenwolves in earlier books so there’s already been some FBI guys at least partially clued in. Clearly the White Council doesn’t trust Harry, so I see no reason that they’d tip Harry off.
I also dig that it’s the Library of Congress too. It’s weird…but that makes it more fun. Would have been dull for it to be the DoD or NSA or something. Plus there’s a little bit of symmetry with the Archive being a major force.
Agree on this one. It’s a bit of a Butcher trope that people act hostile in completely non-proportional ways to people who are ostensibly allies. Murphy was a psycho to Dresden because he kept secrets. Eb was a lunatic about Thomas. Ramirez is being a lunatic because Harry is holding back. Now the White Council going super-antagonistic is pretty much in line with how Butcher sets up conflict between mortals. It all falls under the author’s desire torture Harry at every turn, if people were moderate and reasonable things would be too easy for Harry. But yeah…it gets tiresome.
Only thing I noticed was the supercharged spell energy for Harry, but I’m not sure that’s directly related.
Basically he was securing the ways and the underground. Preventing the Fomor and Ethniu from attacking their flanks by popping up anywhere they wanted. Ensuring that the good guys could focus their lines on the lakefront. There was a mention that if Ferrovax were to take the field then reality would definitely fracture, so it was the best use of his power.
I thought he/she said something that basically translated to “chaos is a ladder”. The plan wasn’t to create this exact outcome, but it was to generate a giant shit show and find opportunities. Harry is Starborn, Harry is the warden of Demonreach and Harry is the Winter Knight. Three things that are really really important to the outsiders, so finding a way to get close to Harry and manipulate him makes all the sense in the world. Justine is a pretty good tool considering Harry’s habit of going a bit off the reservation both for family and for damsels in distress. Maybe Harry gets killed by Ethniu, maybe he takes Justine to Demonreach, maybe Harry gets her close to Mab, it’s all about creating opportunities. It wasn’t really a plan.
My theory is that He Who Walks Beside wanted to accomplish a few things. He wanted discord within the Accords. So he needed to get a couple signatories at each others throats. He wanted to infiltrate the White Court. He wanted Harry out from the protection of the Svartalves. He wanted Harry out of the White Council. He needed Harry highly distracted. Thomas’ attack accomplished all of that in one stroke. In his speech at the end he basically confirms that even without landing on Demonreach he’s still already won…the terror and the chaos already created is enough to ensure Empty Night. Getting on Demonreach was just another gambit, it wasn’t the “plan”. It was a nice to have.
Not sure it would work that well for something with 15+ previous stories. One of the annoying things about the books is that he constantly needs to write in a short bio of every character for the weirdo who picks up book 16 without having read any of the previous ones. Butters is a twerp, magic can’t violate physics, Mab and Lara are the most beautiful beings ever, Karrin is small but fierce, the swords and denarians etc… I’m sure the editors force all that on him, but it always elicits an eye roll from me. Yet, with so many characters and so much mythology no synopsis could possibly cover it all.
LOTR is actually one book too, so the summary is a bit more essential when you are publishing sections separately.