“Harry is at it again....a mysterious entity is torturing the people involved with the capture of a dark wizard. Harry must conquer the police department's mistrust, the responsibility's of his magical community, and his own feelings of inadequacy in order to find the culprit and save the...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“As SF action novels go, this one has a decent plot, is fast-paced and has lots of twists and turns. The battles are bit repetitive in nature but my main problem with this series is that the whole time I'm reading I have the sneaking feeling I'm being sold a way of looking at the world that I find...”see full review » see other reviews »
The third Harry Dresden novel finds Chicago’s only professional wizard puzzled by a sudden increase in spirit activity in the Windy City. Who or What is agitating the ghosts? In this book we are introduced to Michael Carpenter, one of God’s knights – a righteous man who fights evil with the help of his sword Amoracchius. Lt Karrin Murphy plays a backseat role in this one, as she is under a spell for most of the book. Harry and Michael will battle ghosts, a nightmare, vampires and his faerie godmother (stop thinking Cinderella … Lea is NOT nice). They’ll make at least one new (sort-of) friend, and many enemies.
I really like this series, which is surprising given my usual avoidance of the paranormal / fantasy genre. But Butcher writes a good action-packed, page-turner and he explains the rules of the NeverNever so even a non-fan can understand. If I have any complaint it is that they are starting to be too formulaic. Harry goes up against a bad guy and is “more terrified than I’ve ever been” but manages to dig deep to reserves he barely knew he had, exhausting himself to the point of fainting and thereby being in further danger, only to dig deep to reserves he barely knew he had, further exhausting himself … well, you get the picture.
Still, I enjoy going along for the ride. They’re not great literature, but they are fast, entertaining reads.
“As SF action novels go, this one has a decent plot, is fast-paced and has lots of twists and turns. The battles are bit repetitive in nature but my main problem with this series is that the whole time I'm reading I have the sneaking feeling I'm being sold a way of looking at the world that I find somewhere between out-dated and offensive. With Harry's detective friend Murphy doing a sleeping beauty routine through most of the book, there are no female characters left who are not blatant "sexy" stereotypes. At one point Harry gets annoyed a female character and then says that he has to forgive her because she is so "sweet and helpless". Ew.
I love Science Fiction because it's often out there on the cutting edge of science, sociology and philosophy, throwing light back on the way things work in our world today. For example, in Douglas Adams' series people become invisible by creating a Somebody Else's Problem Field, putting forth the satirical yet spot-on notion that if people think something is not their problem, they'll refuse to see it. In contrast, in this novel Butcher plays with the idea of "threshold": a supernatural creature can't cross into a man's home without being invited first. What's the difference between a "house" and a "home"? A wife. And children. Leading me to the belief that Butcher is actually writing these books from the 1950s. ”
“Harry is at it again....a mysterious entity is torturing the people involved with the capture of a dark wizard. Harry must conquer the police department's mistrust, the responsibility's of his magical community, and his own feelings of inadequacy in order to find the culprit and save the day.
The addition of a Holy Knight character really adds a deeper dimension to the storyline and gives a great foil to Harry's urban nature.
The same reader has been used in all the of the audiobooks to date, lending a great consistency. However, when the tone of the text calls for quiet, the reader's voice drops a little too far, making the book a little difficult to hear.”
“Starts out in the middle of a fight with Harry and his never before mentioned friend Michael hunting ghosts. After reading the first 2 books and then starting this book, I checked multiple times to see if this was book 3. It is. All is eventually explained, but of all the DF books this is my least favorite.”happygrrl wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Grave Peril, the third book of Dresden Files maintain the standard of the series. In this book we are given a glimpse of the never never aka the supernatural world. We are introduced to a couple of interesting characters and there is never a problem of lack of pace. I enjoyed reading this book and has given me enough motivation to read the next book of the series.....”SCT wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I would argue that this book is the low point of the series - dark, depressing, and having Harry's greatest failure - now, as part of the series, this is a good thing, but I feel the first 2 books are rough and cheesy, followed by this one.... but, once you get over this hump, the series makes a meteoric rise is quality, and you enter the golden lands of Summer Knight”Sitra Ahra wrote this review Friday, August 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It starts right in the middle of the action with Harry and Michael heading towards a suspected ghost. Then Harry backtracks to explain how they got there. They have no idea what is causing the increase in ghostly activity, but they know they have to stop whatever it is. Most of the book is spent trying to figure out who is behind everything.
There is a lot going on in this book, but at the same time it didn't have the same pull as books in the past. Most of the aspects of the previous books that I liked was missing in this book, I missed Murphy in this book, she seemed to be almost an afterthought in this book. Her working relationship with Harry is a big part of the cases normally. Bob (the spirit in the skull) wasn't as involved in this book either.
Honestly, I probably wouldn't have finished this book at this time if I was reading it myself. It probably would have been put to the side and would have come back to it later, but I enjoyed James Marsters' narration so much that I just kept listening. He is really good at it, you could hear the emotions and he read with feeling.”
“This by far has got to be Harry Dresden's busiest adventure yet. Harry starts out battling ghosts with his friend Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross. Then Dresden, Michael, Susan and Lt. Murphy continue to fight off nightmare demons, ghosts of all sorts, vampires from the black, white and red courts and last but not least, Dresden's faerie godmother Leanansidhe who is quite a cranky pants to Dresden over a broken promise promise.. Dresden's main objective is to find out who is driving ghosts mad and who is weakening the barrier between the living and the dead. His quest leads him to all kinds of danger and ends at a promotion party for a red court vampire Harry has run afoul of in the past, Bianca. Every thing leads up to a fiery and explosive conclusion which showcases how powerful Dresden really is. Once again, I highly recommend this book to Harry Potter fans, sci fi/fantasy fans or horror fans. Hell, I recommend this series to readers in general.”Drewcifer wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Many have stated that Grave Peril is the turning point in the series for the better. After considering the plot and the characters, I must confess that I found Fool Moon to be far more entertaining.
Don't get me wrong. Harry and his quirks are very endearing but a number of issues irritated me in this installment. First, Murphy barely makes an appearance and the absence of a strong willed, take no prisoners, female character detracts from the overall effect of the story.
Second, the criticism surrounding Harry's chauvinism finally makes sense. In the first two books, his attitude toward women comes across as gallant and even chivalrous, but the chauvinism is front and center in this one as Harry fixates on the breasts and luscious curves of virtually every female character - is this really necessary?
Third, while the basic plot is compelling and the action scenes exciting, the execution is repetitive. How many times must Harry battle the Nightmare before he defeats it? How many times must he get round the machinations of his fairy Godmother? How many times must he be exposed to the lustful effects of vampire venom? How many times must his powers fail him precisely when he needs them the most? Come on already, get some new material.
Finally, Harry constantly blames himself for the choices others make that get them into trouble. While this overdeveloped sense of guilt may have its place in the portrayal of Harry's internal struggle with his own conscience, it starts to grate on the nerves after a while.
On a more positive note, the secondary characters both old and new are very engaging. Michael, a Knight of the Cross, constitutes an intriguing counterpoint to Harry's irreligious personality, and the manner in which Butcher depicts the power of Christian artifacts adds another layer of complexity to the world building. That said, Michael is a little too self-righteous and condescending for my tastes.
There are also some poignant moments between Harry and his reporter girlfriend, Susan Rodriguez, although her misguided Lois Lane routine is getting old and she has never really appealed to me as Harry's love interest.
The most interesting characters, however, are Lea, Harry's rather scary fairy Godmother, who serves as a cautionary tale about what happens when one makes ill advised bargains with the fae, and Thomas, the morally ambiguous vampire who plays a pivotal role in Harry's conflict with the various villains in the story.
All in all, the world building is strong, the story has potential and the unanswered questions are interesting enough to keep on with the series. ”
“This mystery kind of annoyed me, literally everything seemed to be against Harry. I also dislike how Susan and Karrin and every other girl always seem to get themselves into trouble and need rescuing. The ghost demon angle was interesting and there really needs to be more Bob. I did like that there were vampires, although I don't feel like I learned much about them.”Zombie Katie wrote this review Saturday, May 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No