YMMV / Changes

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: While traveling to Chichen Itza, Lea turns the group into hounds for faster travel. During this time, Mouse is able to talk. No one makes note of it when they're turned back.
  • Complete Monster: One of the most ancient, powerful and evil vampires in existence, Kukulcan, the Red King, is the founder of the Red Court, and the creator of a system of slavery and oppression that spans thousands of years. The Red King presides over a court that enslaves mortals, as Cannon Fodder, slaves and food, with a special emphasis placed on feeding upon children, as well as Human Sacrifice to his own glory. When war begins between the wizard White Council and the Red Court, the Red King shows that he had already been prepared for a protracted and brutal war by launching violent attacks, including poison gas, with civilians being collateral damage at best, and food for his soldiers at worst. Playing the part of a blood-addicted junkie, the Red King manipulates his courtiers, pitting them against his enemies and one another and shows no compunction in sending his own daughter to her death when she opposes him. The misery of the Red King's actions makes South America into a living hell for civilians and those who dare to oppose the vampires, and is so horrible a formerly loyal servant is driven to Knight Templar levels to destroy the Red Court at any cost. The Red King is brought down by a sacrificial spell he intended for Harry Dresden's entire family line-one he was going to initiate by sacrificing Harry's young daughter personally on the altar.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Llyod Slate losing his mind after years of torture? Horrifying. Toot talking about it in the most flippant manner possible? Hilarious.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Fighting the Red King, Harry's first target is the Red Court progenitor's eyes. This is the same tactic he'd used on the White King back in Blood Rites, so no surprise that he'd expect it to work.
  • One-Scene Wonder: There is Donnar Vadderung, otherwise known as Odin. He gets a single chapter with dialogue and briefly appears at the end but he effectively comes off as a divine David Xanatos. Which is actually pretty true to the myths, mind you.