Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The White Council is at war with the Red Court vampires and the wizards are losing. Hundreds of wizards have been lost and the Council have been forced to replenish their ranks my promoting some inexperienced or otherwise undesirable wizards to the status of warden. Harry Dresden, a black sheep with no love for the council, is now a warden, charged with leading a team of green new wardens on a mission to save a group of scholars from the vampires. All is not as it seems and the wizards find themselves fighting desperately to protect not only the scholars but the terrible secret hiding in their basement.
War Cry is a new, original story which takes place after the events of Dead Beat, the seventh novel in the Dresden Files series. If you haven't read the rest of the series I'd recommend starting from the beginning because each book builds on the story from the last.
The art is decent, though on the cover Dresden looks a bit like he's been hit in the face with a spade. I really like the way Ramirez is drawn though.
The story is pretty engaging, it just doesn't compare with the Dresden Files novels I have read so far, particularly Deadbeat. It's like a couple of chapters from one of the novels. The ending didn't seem very believable, with a major threat being defeated a bit too easily. There is also a bit of a departure from the style of the novels with scenes being shown from the perspective of other characters while Dresden wasn't present. I think I prefer the usual first person narration which gives the books their hard boiled detective vibe.
The Dresden Files: War Cry is like a short bonus episode for fans of the series. It's fun to read, and I debated giving it an extra star just for the phrase "release the kraken!"