After a good beginning with the first two books, Grave Peril is really where The Dresden Files hits its stride and kicks into high gear (& hasn't let off after 12+ more books)...
If you enjoyed the first two in the least, you will most likely love this one.. One of the best of the series..
Get it so you can finish all the others after this one..
I feel I must have missed something based on all the 4 and 5 star reviews. This wasn't my favorite in the series. I had a hard time staying with the story. I do like Harry and Bob is the best!
The narration takes some getting used to. At least much of the mouth noises have been eliminated- not all, unfortunately. The switch from whispers to loud voice is a bit annoying but, overall, I like James Marsters narration more with each book.
I am looking forward to the next book.
This is the real beginning of the series, and really sets up the series , Butcher finally finds his voice for Harry and this bòok is a real thrill ride.
Book 3 is the first truly excellent book in the series. The number of characters starts to increase as you find out so much more about this world if Dresden.
The uniqueness of this series takes root here. Books 1 & 2 are decent but you can tell Butcher was new and learning.
You need to read the first two books to know what's going on and that's not a bad thing. Just the level of story telling from now on takes on a whole new level of goodness.
As an idol for idiot worshippers, it behooves me to be as well-read as possible. But being an idiot I prefer to be read to.
This book is too stupid to live. The only redeeming factor is Marsters narration, but I still couldn't finish the story.
The main character Harry Dresden seems to believe that all women need his male chauvinist knight on a white horse-routine to save them from whatever peril there is in the world. But hides crucial information from people because he's afraid it might harm them, like a f-ing twat.
Almost every woman in the novel gets introduced with their cupsize neatly labeled.
At the 50% point of the book I loathed side character Michael and his holier-than-thou approach to life, and I started to really hate Harry Dresden. And at 70% I gave up, when he white-knighted himself again for a damsel in distress, when the odds were stacked lightyears high.
That's another thing I truly hate about this series. The main character gets brought so low, that it should be impossible to continue, but yet, Dresden finds that one tiny ounce of strength left to him to hurl himself at the enemy and win. What the F? The fight at the cemetary was so non-sensical and too-against-all-odds to stand up to any scrutiny.
And the next person to say Hells Bells to me will be fed to Harry's (inexplicable) fairy godmother, who suddenly exists.
If you read the series this far, and have had doubts about Dresden's character in the previous books. Stop now, and don't continue. It doesn't get better, despite what the fans say.