Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Nice plot, great world building (just Chicago but ....), well paced, just good story telling. Relies on "digging deep" more than he should but it was a very good story.
if you start here you will miss some character and wold building. but this being my second pass at the series i can comfortably say you will miss critically important by choosing this as a start point.
I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.
I've heard this book twice and read it three times. I'm in awe of how well the action moves and what depth Marsters brings to Harry Dresden. Hopefully, if you've heard the previous two in this series you'll continue your journey with Harry as read by James.
It felt like Harry has finally come into his true power. While he still has many of his own demons to deal with, he has gained new perspectives on how to deal with them. Looking forward to the next chapter in the series.
I enjoyed the first Dresden book - enough that I bought the next two books. Book 2 was not as good as the first but I enjoyed the role Harry had with the police department, Murphy, Susan,and of course, Bob. I really looked forward to book 3. The book narration opens with the author's note that the theme of the series shifts at book 3 and gives the impression that the books to follow with continue in the same manner. If the other books are like Grave Peril, and I assume they are, I'm finished. Without giving always spoilers, the introduction of new characters without foundation is a cheap ploy for authors to get you to buy future books in hope that you will find out their backstory and understand their motivations. Michael and Harry's godmother are two such characters. I kept wondering if I had missed a book but no, I read them in order. Also, the repetitive dialogue (note to author - I get it, soul gazes are bad, Harry always feels responsible for everyone, and he is always tired) made me actually yell at my iPod that I've heard it all before. Some of the descriptions of what Harry was feeling went on so long I didn't think they would ever end. And I didn't like the ending. Why can't heroes have a happy home life? Is there some literary rule that you must create tension by threatening or removing any stable romantic interest? As far as the performance, please lay off the heavy breathing and gasping. No wonder Harry is always tired, he can't breathe properly. Temper the dramatics. But that could be said to the author also.
The story was very engaging, easy enough to follow, and overall very entertaining. The narration was good, but often got quiet and tended to become almost mumbling. It shouldn't be a problem if you're on headphones, but if you listen in the car (as I do) it becomes difficult to hear and understand at times.
The best Dresden story. I love all of them but this is the best!! Vampires, ghosts, and Thomas.
I can't help but feel that Biancas wrath was forced too hard. As if it was merely the only way the author could justify breaking up Harry and Susan. Had he done this a book or two from now, the impact would have been so much stronger since then we'd be very much emotionally invested in her.