Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger
I was informed by many a reader that this series found its legs in book 3, and there was even an intro from Jim Butcher to that effect. It's true! I loved this one to pieces! Many of the secondary characters came out of the woodwork in a big way, and a few new ones were added to the cast as well. I enjoyed the humour a lot more this time around, the multiple plot threads kept me engaged, and the main story arc is just getting started. Harry really defined himself as a protagonist in this installment by making some tough calls, demonstrating that he can throw down in a pinch, and his relationship with Susan takes several unexpected turns. James Marster's narration has been steadily improving with each novel, and I look forward to tagging along with him, Butcher & Dresden for SUMMER KNIGHT.
Deapite the two fine prior novels that introduced us to Butchers Chinatown-come-Chicago universe, Grave Peril always seemed to be the real start to the Harry Dresden Series. It is where Harry first begins to fill his role as do-gooder crusader, makes poor decisions for good reasons, and digs deep to unleash hell ob those that belong there.
It is Fitting then, that this audio version is the one where reader James Marsters, to my ears and mind anyway, becomes the true and only voice of Chicago's only practicing Wizard Detective. From his shouts of almost-latin and snarky hero banter, to addressing a croud of vampires through fake plastic teeth....Harry never sounded so good. Well done.
This is the third entry of the Dresden Files. I'm a new fan, having been not found the series this year.
The first two stories nearly turned me off entirely. I couldn't understand the hype. However, my librarian insisted that Butcher seems to find more solid footing in this book. She was right.
The weird,erratic decision making of the first two books is replaced with a genuine mystery for Dresden to solve and it keeps him guessing. That would be the biggest difference.
The character Michael grated on my nerves at first, much like Murphy still does. But by the end of the book, I was a big fan of his. I can only hope Murphy will get a similar treatment soon.
This was a pretty good urban fantasy read and honestly, with as often as Dresden re-explains how magic works, who he is, etcetera, this would be a better entry point into the series than books 1 or 2.
The only thing I didn't like was when the narrator consistently says "wreath" when he mean "writhe" and a few other similar idiosyncrasies. Another one is "cair-end" when it should be "car-reend".
Otherwise I really enjoyed his performance and the story. It's my second time listening to it in fact.
I felt very confused about the details of the previous case he mentions often. I was not sure if I was missing a short story or another book in the series. It may have been tactful, but it seemed like I was missing a big chunk of the narrative.