BEWARE: SPOILERS BE AHEAD
(Though only minor ones to help the review.)
At the end of “Changes”, the 12th book in the Dresden File,s Harry Dresden was shot by a sniper and had fallen into the water near the boat of his brothers, The Water Beetle. That was how the book ended. On a damn cliff hanger. Most readers thoughts were “WTF MATE?!” Believe me I know, I was one of them. What we find in Ghost Story is an incredible tale in which, even though Harry might be dead, his ghost still haunts us.
That’s right Harry was killed by a sneak attack but he is so damn stubborn even in death that he resists. What we find out is that when Harry realizes he is in the spirit world (not The Nevernever) it looks a lot like a white Chicago. He is greeted by Carmichael, Murphy’s dead partner, and is brought to Uriel, an archangel, and they determine that there were inconsistencies with his death. He eventually returns to the real world six months after his death, to his surprise, and sees how the entire world has flipped upside down.
Jim Butcher takes us in a completely new direction showing the reader this opposite yet adjoining world that lost spirits live in, and showing us how Harry’s friends adapt without his presence. We see how dark their personalities become without Harry’s somewhat dimmed yet inspiring light. It’s interesting how Harry has to rely on his friends more than ever because he can’t affect the mortal world. So has to help give direction, be more of a support character and learn his new role as a soul.
Through my personal journey of Harry’s life I have treasured the countless hours I have spent with him. I can speak without hesitation that this has been one of my favorite books in the series as it takes what I thought was the end of a series and creates a tale I hadn’t thought possible. If you haven’t gotten to the 13th book in the series yet I recommend you continue to read and join Harry and company on this fantastic voyage into the afterlife.