Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book Six: 6 Paperback – 5 May 2011
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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.
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!
The plot here is solid and brings together a mix of new and existing characters to tell a story that, while remaining action filled and brilliantly comedic, feels much more about the characters and exploring them further than some of the earlier novels.
The first five books were thoroughly entertaining. Well-written, beautifully crafted plots and a great cast of characters, not least the wizard himself. This one (Blood Rites) is the first for which I have written a detailed review, inspired through the brilliance of certain character developments and revelations. Very clever. I will not post any spoilers but the twists (all of them) were thoroughly satisfying and seamlessly woven into the series. Well done Mr Butcher.
If you like the supernatural, you will enjoy this series.
Don't get me wrong; it's still a good book and miles ahead of most of Butcher's competition, but for some reason the story just left me a little cold.
There are the seeds of something interesting here, with a curse striking an adult film set, a closer look at the incubi and succubi of the White Court, and an assault on a more traditional vampire enclave. While individual pieces are certainly great, they never seem to mesh quite as they should.
However, certain developments within the story render it unmissable for regular readers, as they entail several permanent changes to Harry's life and loved ones. So I would still recommend Blood Rites to Dresden fans, just be warned that while good, it's not as fabulous as most of the other books.
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Another unputdownable book by Jim Butcher, with sparse yet vivid description that powers up the imagination so it reads like the best adventure movie.Published 1 month ago by Julie Page
I love Harry Dresden and have read all of Jim Butcher's books in this series.Published 9 months ago by Richard Robinson