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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: ROC (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc) (1 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459879
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,877,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue (Booklist)

Raw storytelling skills - practically unparalleled in contemporary urban fantasy (SFReviews.net)

Butcher still rules in my library (SFFWorld.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The sixth case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard who gets into some seriously challenging situations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Patterson VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2004
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Its not often you can get to book 6 and feel you've barely scratched the surface of the characters, plot etc. yet still finish the book in one sitting. This is one of those series that just seems to gain in breadth and skill. As there's no write up i'll give a quick overview:
Harry Dresden is Chicago's only practicing wizard investigator and is listed in the yellow pages. Thomas (white vamp) wants him to investigate a case for him. A movie producer is being cursed, and people around him keep on dying in strange ways. Harry jumps right in and there's plenty of action on every page. Demons, puppies, vampires, police, mysterious assassins, wizards, succubi, it's all there.
We get to see more of his growing relationship with Murphy, Ebenezer and Kincaid ome back in and there are a few twists that were definitely a surprise and an ending that seems to move Harry in a different direction to where he has always been left before. This time his life will have changed forever.
Its hard to say more without ruining it - suffice to say if you liked any of the other books you'll love this one. If you're new start with book 1 and work through. It's worth it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NotEnoughTimeToRead on 3 Feb. 2006
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I have had the luck to discover the Dresden files series after Mr. Butcher was well underway with it, which means I got to read five of them in a row.
The series is characterised by workmanlike prose, a terrific protagonist, and complex plots. Best of all, Mr. Butcher is master of the backstory. Each of the books further unwinds the history of the main character, while not burdening the reader with much repetition. And he is adept at restraining himself from too much explanation; he gives the reader credit for being able to put the pieces together.
Very enjoyable reads, very inventive, fast paced, and well constructed. Note to Mr. Butcher: Write more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mia on 25 Aug. 2004
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Harry's back for the sixth book in the series along with the familiar faces of Murphy, Ebenezer, Bob and a very cute new puppy! If you're new to Jim Butcher's books, do yourself a favour and buy Storm Front first(and the rest too!) as they follow on from each other and it does help to have the history as you're reading. This series is simply class though and is one of the few I've read that gets better with each book. All I can say is Write faster Mr Butcher and give us more Dresden!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Griffin on 11 Nov. 2004
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I am a big fan of the Dresden Files but I have to say that this book left me a bit flat.
First a lot of family information gets revealed - but its just too easy. If you've read the rest of the books you understand that Harry has been trying directly and indirectly to find out about his parents for years and suddenly it given to him on a platter; its just not satisfying.
Second, the stakes in this novel are much lower than Summer Night and Death Mask. I just didn't get the same level of urgency from this novel. I have feeling that this book is a launching point for another story arc.
That said it was still much better the dross that LK Hamilton has descended to.
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Blood Rites delivers everything Dresden fans have come to expect--and then some.

Harry finds himself working on the set of a porn film, a favour to Thomas--yes, we get to see Thomas again, and this time, much like Michael and even the Alphas have had "their" books, Blood Rites is Thomas'--and whether he's fond of the idea or not, he needs the money. Besides, people are dying and at the suggestion of a viciously powerful entropy curse, Harry can't ignore the request. Plus, he does owe Thomas one.

The plot thickens, as readers have come to expect from the later volumes of The Dresden Files. The humour and light-hearted inserts are still there, but Blood Rites picks up where Death Masks left off in regards to the drama, tension, and thrills, all delivered at a break-neck pace.

When I reviewed Death Masks I said it was the heaviest Dresden yet. Blood Rites is laced with the same heaviness, yet, there are revelations that bring Harry at least some semblance of happiness following the gut-wrenching ending of Death Masks. However, there apparently must always be balance, and through his own choosing (although it can be argued that given the circumstances, he has little choice, in his own eyes) he loses something as equally precious as what he gains throughout Blood Rites.

I seem to have particularly affinity with the even-numbered Dresden books: I loved Fool Moon, Summer Knight was my favourite, and Blood Rites was excellent. Although I won't rate it higher than Summer Knight that's only because it was a different brand of awesome to Summer Knight.
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By Sam Brown on 14 Mar. 2011
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I have read six of the Dresden books now, and enjoy them enormously. They are all gripping page turners, and that includes this one.

What I liked about this book is that as well as the usual magic and action sequences, there is a backstory about the main character becoming more developed as the story unfolds. He interacts with family he didn't know he had, and has to deal with emotions triggered by that. He develops more of a three dimensional quality in all his relationships in this book. Previous books have been more about the here and now, with little hints about what had gone before and the people that had shaped Harry. This time there is more explaination of past events, plus new characters to complicate the plot.

He also finds out some things about existing characters; McCoy and Murphy. This changes his attitude toward them which presumably will be developed in later novels. There is some juicy action in the form of Black Court Vampire showdowns and Harry aquires another household pet, a puppy. Naturally, this being the Dresden files, the puppy is no ordinary dog and saves Harry's life more than once.

Overall, a good book and well worth the money.
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