Dresden Philes

Cover from White Knight

White Knight

Major Characters: Harry Dresden, Molly Carpenter, Thomas Raith, Lara Raith, Carlos Ramierz, Elaine Mallory

Favorite quote:  She smiled again, batted her lashes at me while my heart skipped a beat, and then slid on to Ramirez.  She offered him her hand. “You must be Warden Ramirez.”

This is the part where I got nervous.  Ramirez loved women.  Ramirez never shut up about women.  Well, he never shut up about anything in general, but he’d go on and on about various conquests and feats of sexual athleticism and—

“A virgin?” Lara blurted.  Lara blurted.  She turned her head to me, grey eyes several shades paler than they had been, and very wide.  “Really, Harry, I’m not sure what to say.  Is he a present?” (p. 297)


White Knight is a pivotal book in some ways.  The plot is simple, Murphy asks Harry to look into an odd death.  Harry discovers magic is involved. They discover there is a serial killer. Harry discovers evidence that Thomas, who has been acting strangely, may be involved.  His first love Elaine returns and is protecting potential victims.

Murphy and Harry finally decide on being just friends, although neither is happy with that choice. 

Harry is confronted about changes in himself by Murphy and is forced to consider that maybe he is not as in control of a situation as he thought he was. 

Harry forces his apprentice to learn some hard lessons.

Harry finds out where Thomas has been hiding and what he has been doing.


Harry confronts the darkness that has been living inside of him and does so in a surprising manner.

Overall, there are a lot changes for Harry in this book.

The action is spectacular in this book.  There is one major battle between large forces. Harry is injured multiple times, no surprise really.  The return of Ramirez provides a new style of magical force, which provides a refreshing style to the battle.

Ramirez’s return and revelation to be a virgin bring plenty of opportunity for snarky comments from Harry.  It also makes his previous appearances even funnier.

The book is well worth the read as an individual story, as part of the overarching plot it is a necessity.