Book Review Wednesday: Dresden Files: Grave Peril (4 stars)

Posted: July 16, 2014 in Book Reviews
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This is the third book in the Dresden series. For my review on books one and two go here: and here:

At this point I’m going to assume you know the basic idea of the Dresden books. If not, check out my review of the first book.

Here’s the blurb:

Harry Dresden – Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….

 This book has a really strong start. We’re thrown head first into action. There’s a big creepy ghost, and lots of little babies lives are at stake. And a new character is introduced who is pretty awesome. Michael’s very moral and follows his values, and is totally modest about it all. He’s just a really nice guy, like the nicest guy ever. No ulterior motives. Not a single ounce of selfishness.

The plot as usual is awesome. Lots of action, and just enough twistyness. The characters again are awesome (see Michael above). His fiery very pregnant wife is also very awesome, and doesn’t like Dresden one bit. We also meet a priest who seems decent enough, and a vampire who I really liked despite y’know, him being a vampire. The bad guys all have their motives, even if some are really petty (hey that’s humans / vampires for you). And we finally meet Dresden’s fairy godmother  who I found scarier than all the other bad guys put together.

All in all a good book that you should read. The only thing that stopped it being five stars for me was the women. Sure, they seem pretty badass, but it seemed like in the end they all needed rescuing. I get that Dresden’s the main character, but do so many female characters have to get in over their heads so he can begrudgingly save the day?

So four stars, a good book. Go read, unless you haven’t read the first or second, in which case go read them. Dresden has his old fashioned attitudes toward women (though he does respect them) in the other books, this one just had an overabundance of damsels in distress. Though to be fair, they did kick a lot of ass before they got in distress.

In case you want to read more reviews of this book before you make up your mind, follow the link:


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