skullshonin, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by skullshonin)
Jim Butcher does it again! Being a Detective of the paranormal never gets easy and for Harry Dresden this is doubly true as he investigates whats causing so much turbulence in the spirit world. No matter how bruised or battered our hero gets, He always does the right thing or dies trying.
Harry and his friend Michael, who happens to be the Hand of God as well, have been chasing ghosts around Chicago for two weeks. Now, they are heading to the hospital for another, dangerous one. The spirit world has gone ballistic. Michael brings up Susan's and Harry's relationship with Harry, asking if he loves her and getting him to admit it. Then tells Harry he needs more human interaction. Then we back up to the beginning of the day, leading up to this point. The day starts with a young female practitioner asking for his protection at closing time. Protection from a ghost killing her like in her vision, and Harry's at the center of all going on with the ghost she sees. The same night something nightmarish deadly comes through from the Nevernever one of Murphy's men goes mad. Harry crosses to the Nevernever to fight the bad spirit, having a run-in with his fairy Godmother.
There is more mention of people in Harry's life, his evil sidhe Godmother. Interesting. And to see a touch of his life as to where she had become a part of it. Harry had some troubles when he was younger. But every time he ventures into the Nevernever - which is fairly never - she is hot on his trail to find him and keep him.
We start right in with ghost action then fall back to earlier that day when it ends the day at the office with the young girl looking for protection.
This story read better for me, flowed as a story from beginning to end. There are connections to the previous books but I think you could pick up with this book and start the series here. The connections between the characters seemed to fit better in this book for me. The books are getting better for me. I've heard the fourth is where they start to get real good, so I'm looking forward to it. I think the world and troubles might start to grow on me now.
Harry is one that many could 'relate' to. He is what many would call 'human' as a character. He's powerful in magic, yes, but he wears like any other person. He gets tired. His guard falls down and others can get to him when he's not ready. Human. Harry is always beat up by the big showdown of the book, even before hand, but finds a way to come through.
Oh, I had to laugh when Harry showed up at the ball! That was such a play on characters. The humor here is relaxing. There are quick comments that fit perfectly with the scene.
This book ends with me wondering on what will happen with Harry...with the White Council, the vampires, Susan, and more. This story in this book is complete, but the characters feel bigger and live on, leaving us looking to the next book.
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MartyV, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by MartyV)
This is book 3 of the Dresden Files and introduces Michael, a perfect partner against evil forces. He's not a wizard; his powers come from faith in God. It takes both of them, plus a couple of surprise helpers, to defeat the ones who have allowed ghosts to not only cross over to our world, but have given them real power over the physical world. Or have they actually won? Really?
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Keisha, January 11, 2011 (view all comments by Keisha)
I LOVED the first two Dresden books, but despite the great detail given in this book I have to say it was easily my least favorite so far. In this book, Butcher gets much more in-depth into the magic world he has created. The Vampire Court, the evil Nevernever, and the power of ghosts are all central to Harry’s work as Chicago’s only for-hire wizard. This time Harry faces something bigger and badder than anything before. It has a great premise, but while building tension and setting up the storyline for future books I felt that Butcher forgot to actually write this book's plot! Yet despite all this, Grave Peril is worth reading for all the detail that was missing from the first two books and because of how perfectly it sets up the following books.
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Ealasaid, June 7, 2007 (view all comments by Ealasaid)
Harry Dresden has a knack for facing up against baddies who are way out of his league. He's a powerful wizard, sure, but he's only one guy and there are significant limitations to the magic he can do when under attack. In Grave Peril, Harry is up against very, very powerful undead forces - ghosts, vampires, you name it. He has to survive repeated attacks while figuring out what is going on, and those two goals keep him very busy.
Butcher uses some cliched techniques for keeping us interested - dropping statements at the ends of chapters so we'll keep reading, that sort of thing. But they're cliched techniques because they work. I whipped through this (like the other books in the series) and had a lot of fun. Dresden is a great character, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"[A] haunting, fantastical novel....Butcher successfully lends human dimensions to vampires and spirits through his vivid descriptions and colloquial dialogue."
by Kristine Huntley, Booklist,
"Harry is a likable protagonist with more than his share of troubles, and Grave Peril will keep readers turning the pages to find out how he overcomes them."
"A fun new occult mystery series. Unusually well crafted."
by Midwest Book Review,
"Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this new fantasy series."
Chicago's finest wizard-for-hire, Harry Dresden, faces the toughest foe of his career: the ghost of an evil wizard, who invades people's nightmares — and uses other ghosts as lethal weapons...
In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.
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