Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grave Peril Review

Title: Grave Peril
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files series #3
Genre: Detective, Private Investigator, Urban Fantasy, Wizards, Faeries, Demons, Vampires,

Grave Peril has one of the unusual introduction of the book series so far as the book jumps right into the action with Harry a certain Michael Carpenter (who we later learned was one of the Knights Templar) are about to engage a powerful ghost. I found the introduction of Michael Carpenter a bit odd since the character was thrust into the storyline without the least a background history on how Harry met this person (Jim Butcher should write a short story on how dit Harry met Michael in the frist place).

The plot of Grave Peril is the most complicated yet in this series, with multiple story-strands involving ghosts, vampires, revenants, and Lea (aka the Leanansidhe pronounced as "Li-nan-she"), Harry's exquisitely malicious faerie godmother, who is looking to collect on a promise Harry's been trying for years to dodge. There's also Harry's relationship with supernatural reporter Susan Rodriguez, to whom he can't quite bring himself to make a full emotional commitment.

Despite the grueling events that happen on this book Dresden remains the wry, wisecracking self, a stubborn champion of "Doing the Right Thing" under any circumstances, and a sucker for ladies in distress. It's a good balance between change and permanence, adding depth to Dresden's character while retaining the basic qualities that make him such an appealing series protagonist.

All in all, Grave Peril is a must read book for Harry Dresden fans as this is the "turning point" of the series.

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