Review: Proven Guilty

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book seemed to be more of a return to form in the sense that Harry has a lot of detective work to do here to figure out what’s going on. As usual, we have a bunch of seemingly disparate plots that come together in the end.

The series has explored ideas of faith quite a bit, especially when Michael is involved. This one spent a lot of time exploring it. I think Butcher has done a good job in the past, and continues to do a good job here, of finding ways to explain a world in which capital-G God exists and yet isn’t in direct opposition to the vampires and other horror creatures.

The last book brought up the idea of Harry and Murphy getting together. The funny thing is that I didn’t pick up on that until that last book. My wife just started reading the first book and from the beginning she tags that Harry and her are fated to get together. This book seems to resolve the issue, but I won’t spoil with which direction it gets resolved in.

We learn some really neat stuff about some side characters and Harry is in a new state of affairs at the end. I found one aspect of that new state (last chapter or penultimate chapter) at little icky, but it was something that makes sense to fall out from the events of the past seven books.

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