Book waste no time getting started. The third book in the series it assumes you know the main character so it skips the standard slow introduction and gets right into the mix.
Continues the detective Noir style where the detective is a wizard. This is a modern vampire tale with touches of angels, demons and a devious fairy godmother. The previous books only hinted at what Harry Dresden could do, here we get to see him fully use his power and the consequences.
More political intrigue, more powerful magic, more pain, more self-doubt and daunting moral decisions. Switching some of the side characters keeping it fresh. Several series changing twists and no easy dilemmas with no easy solutions
It was a bit jarring at times as the protagonist refers to previous cases the reader has and has not been a part of in previous books. Overall a good and fresh addition to an excellent series.
Yes, he is only getting better as the series goes on!
Jim Butcher always makes me laugh. It was touching when he finally found Susan
I stated in my review of the second book, Fool Moon, that the foundation was being built. Well, in this book, the frame of the series is built here. He introduces many of the major players in his series and even some foreshadowing. I never picked up on those things the first time listening to this series. I'm really enjoying listening to this series a second time. Even better!
Yes. This is the book where the series starts to plant the seeds that make up most of what goes on for the next eleven books. And seeing how much Jim Butcher really had planned for the story is amazing once hindsight kicks in.
Michael Carpenter. Until now, we've had Harry on his own taking a minimal amount of help from friends, and now we're thrown into seeing him work side by side with "The Fist of God." Though Thomas is my favorite character, Michael is a great character, showing a character steeped greatly in Christianity without being annoying or meek, instead he is a warrior who fights as it is a part of his beliefs and to make sure that his family is some from the more wicked things that exist in Chicago.
Thomas. I think Marsters previous role as Spike on "Buffy" gave him an insight that made it easy for him to give voice to a snarky, pretty boy (because honestly, Spike > Angel), vampire that becomes a great support role to the main character.
Listening to it again, I was amazed by how many building blocks are put into place in this book that are really significant. Obviously anyone that knows this book's story knows the biggest points, but just some of the characters or casual mentions of parts of the magical world that happen here are amazing once you go through the story again.
I love the Dresden Files series, but I can admit that the first two books are rough. Marsters doesn't seem to have a connection with the story that I think really starts here and only continues to grow as he really becomes the voice of Harry Dresden. If the first two books didn't live up to the reputation that other fans of the series have given it, this book should do the trick. If not, just wait until "Dead Beat" and you'll certainly be sold.
This is more along the lines of what I was expecting when my friends ranted about the Dresden files. Less repetitiveness, less whiny cops (which is a real pet peeve of mine), less poor little ol me. Finally in this book we are beginning to see Dresden grow and wake up not as much as I would like, but you can see it. You learn more and more about him, as well as the world of magic that is around us, and not just the little tidbits Dresden is willing to share, but the world really becomes alive in this book. Not to mention there is less of the cop (sorry I still really don't like her) and new characters are added, that leave you wanting to hear and see more of them, old characters are detailed out instead of being 2 dimension stick figures propped up in the story, you really see them grow as well and become part of the story and the world and a real and viable threat. It is my sincere hope the series continues this positive progress forward. I am not actually looking forward to book 4. though I am still not fully invested in Dresden himself, I am more invested in the world around him.
I've loved the whole series...books one, two, and three. Eager to dive into book #4. Jim Butcher is an incredibly talented writer...and James Marsters does an outstanding job performing. I'm completely sold on this series, and highly recommend them to all fans of fantasy, suspense, mystery, and more. Very, very well done. Butcher does the most amazing job creating the world Harry Dresden lives in....and I'm only tickled PINK that the series is long and I have so many more to enjoy.
I loved the Dresden books from the beginning, but here the characters really are fleshed out and active. Excellent emotional roller coaster, with lots of well described action.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
yes, Dresden is my Favorite series and James does such a great job.
Jim always keeps you there then when the book is over you crave the next.
He is the perfect dresden.
I enjoyed this book at least as much, if not more that the previous two. Harry continues to develop as a character, as do those around him. Although there isn't much of Murphy in this book, Susan gets a lot more page time, and the new characters of Michael and Thomas add some interesting elements to the story. Towards the end, I was getting ready for things to wrap up, but I enjoyed the book enough to download the next one!
Books have always been a passion of mine, now that I'm older I find myself with less time but still my love for great stories has only grown
First let me get my regular preamble out of the way. This run through is probably my 6th time going through the series, So, it is safe to say I'm a big Dresden fan and I have a pretty good idea of what is coming in the following books so I try my best not to let that color my review of this book, but the key word in that is "try." Also, I'll say that while it is not mandatory to read the two books before this one, it does help to make things make more sense. The book could stand alone on its own because the story is that solid and the characters that enjoyable. But, I highly recommend starting from the beginning and enjoying this wild ride from the start at "Storm Front."
Ok, with that out of the way we can move forward. "Grave Peril" brings us back to the wild ride that is the everyday life of one Harry Dresden, Wizard of the White Council, Private investigator, and all around smart ass. It seems that in the last month ghosts of all flavors and power have been making their presence known in a most uncommon display through out the city of Chicago. Dresden has found this nightly occurrence so strange and quite frankly, a handful that he has enlisted the aid of his friend and sometime partner in the battle against what goes bump in the night, Michael Carpenter. Michael, a Knight of the Cross, that's "The Cross" mind you, has been helping Harry these past nights by putting these spirits to rest, the hard way. But this night's ghost hunt brings with it a few snags, one the discovery of a strange spell worked upon the spirit that appears to be what has been driving it and the other spirits to the point of such madness that they have been cropping up nightly and doing some serious work on weakening the boundary between the real world and the spirit world. Also, to bring this particular spirit down Harry and Michael have to tread into the Never Never, the realm of the faye and the spirit world itself. And here in lies another problem, They run into Harry's Fairy Godmother. She's apparently been waiting for Harry for quite sometimes, some debts need to be repaid and for the Faye, that sort of thing is not optional.
The two are no sooner escaped from that trouble, for the time being, than they are met with a new slate of problems, Because of the turmoil in in the barrier a great big mega ghost has been allowed to form up and has made its mission to wreak some bloody vengeance, and it is all somehow tied back to a case Harry and Michael worked with Murphy the the Team from S.I. earlier in the year. People from that case are beginning to meet up with trouble at the hands of this big nasty, and Harry and Michael are not sure how to beat it.
As if this were not enough, Harry has to deal with supernatural politics as the Vampires from the Red court have invited him to a party to celebrate a Nobel members ascension, as with most vampire matters, there is more to this than a simple party, blood and trouble, truths within lies. Next on the Harry do list is a poor girl who has come to him for help and who claims to have visions and in the most recent one Harry plays a central role, along with a lot of fire, and death. A Hallmark greeting card she is not. But of course Harry lets him self get dragged into trying to help her as well. Add to all this Harry's girl friend and reporter for the local supernatural yellow rag tabloid, Susan, is following up on a story that she's remaining closed lip about but none the less has Harry concerned.
How will Harry untangle all the lines of this tapestry of terror? (come on, alliteration is fun) All of these different strands come to tie Harry in knots as he tries to get himself and those he cares about through the flames of treachery and deceit alive. More importantly how does he do it when, in the middle of all this "fun," a large portion of his magic and power is taken from him?
"Grave Peril" is quite often the book that most folks point to when they say things really got started for them in the Dresden Files. Where "Storm Front" and "Fool Moon" set up the stage in a lot of ways, "Grave Peril" is where the play really takes off. It's the first time we are working with a full cast who are finally all "in the know" when it comes to the secret world. Murphy has finally realized there is more to this world than she first imagined, and this time she really believes it. Michael is brought into the story and he is a very welcome addition. A truly good man who fights along side Harry because he knows that some things are just worth fighting for. And having a holy knight with a holy sword featuring a nail from "The Crucifix" worked into its handle makes him a pretty staunch and able ally. But another great thing that the addition of Michael brings to the story is the fact that he is a family man. Harry, an orphan, finds a lot of things in Michael and his family that he admires and misses I suspect. But, by having Harry's perspective on this we get a deeper understanding of Dresden and we also see that sometimes what others take for granted, can be a treasure to some. This gives a real emotional grounding to Harry and explains in someways the tight bond that develops between the two men in the rest of the series.
Another player that is finally fully on board the supernatural train is Susan, while she has always believed in the supernatural, now she has been exposed to some of the real harsh, and darker aspects of what that means. Sadly, such a lesson does not prepare you for everything, and Harry and his relationship with Susan will have to handle this unflinching truth.
In "Grave Peril" Jim Butcher finally feels like we the reader might be ready to handle a little more of the supernatural world. And in this tale that world really sinks its teeth in. We get to finally see the Never Never, and while it is only a taste of what is to come, that taste is fairly trippy and full of dangerous missteps. We get some interesting back story for Dresden as we explore his relationship and his "deal" with his fairy Godmother. Lea,The Leanansidhe. I personally love Lea and all her faye craziness. She adds just the right amount of whimsical danger to the mix and her fingers are tied to a lot of strings, seen and unseen.
We also, get a little more grounding in the politics of the supernatural world. We get exposed to some of the workings of the Red court of Vampires and a little understanding of the interplay between them and the other two courts, the White and the Black, as well as its dealings with the White council, which becomes very important considering Harry is a member of that particular group,
Jim Butcher does not disappoint as he weaves a tale of seemingly sparsely related troubles that Harry has to deal with, but that form a tight red cord seemingly wrapped around our poor wizard and pulling him to a most tragic and seemingly inescapable doom. Along the way, as previously mentioned Jim Butcher leaves us little clues and tantalizing hints that will leave us wondering what is coming and what the heck one character or another is referring to. I suspect he laughs when he writes these parts,and I suspect it is an evil laugh. But, evil authors aside, be on the look out for these little tid bits, they all pay off the further along we go in the series.
James Marsters finally comes into the fullness of his narration in this book. I've said repeatedly in my previous two reviews that while James does a very good job, he still had more to give us. And in this story he finally delivers. His emotion is real and palpable in this tale, and you can really feel it in Jame's words as he delivers the lines that can break your heart or enrage your soul. To say this story would not have been as effective read aloud if the narrator sort of just phoned it in is an understatement. Butcher played harder in writing this story than the previous two, writing more emotionally driven scenes and more impact driven interactions than his previous two books because I think he felt by this point we should be properly invested in his characters, and James delivers to us an excellent reading. He finally has a clear and separate voice for all his characters, He captures the essence of the scenes well, and oh yes, for all those audio back ground noise haters, it seems they cleaned that up as well. James is an excellent actor and in this third book I think he finally got the formula right. From here on in James only steps his game up and he becomes in my mind, and the minds of many other fans, the voice of the Dresden Files.
"Grave Peril" is the first book where, and this is not to devalue the importance of human life, the stakes are higher than a few killings here and there. The cost of what transpires raises the bar and we are left wondering what is to come. A lot happens in this tale, a lot of set up for the next book. New characters that become integral parts to the Dresden Files. And as always, a story that leaves you wanting more. So, after you enjoy "Grave Peril" get ready for a swan dive into the Never Never in "Summer Knight!"
Harry is in it again. Love his moments of self discovery and historical explanation. Harry has loved and lost and can see and talk to ghosts. What next?