Mar 062013
 
Review: Grave PerilGrave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Roc on Feb 10, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry.

His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken.

This book felt very removed from the previous book in the series. This book takes place a year after the last one, and the main supporting character, Michael, is apparently Harry’s new best friend. Murphy barely features in the story while Michael is with Harry every step of the way. Where did Michael come from? There is a bit of back story provided, but I still felt very out of the loop.

Harry felt much more vulnerable and fragile in this story. We learn more about his past when his godmother appears repeatedly. Harry has had a hard life, and the memories his godmother’s presence stirs up definitely highlight this. Harry also suffers a lot of injuries in this story, both physical and emotional, and it is difficult to watch him struggle. He is such a likable and relatable character that you want him to catch a break and have something good happen. This rarely happens in this story, and that’s sad.

The story featured a lot of vampires, and they are quite scary. They are deadly and dangerous, and are portraited as vicious monsters. The one exception was Thomas, who I quite liked. He was an unexpected friend that seemed to be quite different from the other vampires Harry was surrounded by.

Overall, this was another exciting story in the series, but it felt much more melancholy than the others. Harry’s suffering seeming to be a key theme, and created a much more sombre feel. The narration was spot on as usual, and I would highly recommend the audiobook version, like the previous books. If you have to witness Harry’s suffering, it is better to hear it right from him, in a narration that feels like Harry’s voice.

  4 Responses to “Review: Grave Peril”

  1. Even though you thought this was just okay, I kind of want to get back into this series now.

  2. I agree! I love this series. Butcher’s writing is wonderful and hilarious and smart. I too was caught off guard by this Michael character, and how close he was to Harry. Butcher also writes fantasy novels set in magical worlds and I think he was just tempted to blend the two. I’ve read several books after this one and number four in the series, although well written, has less of the fish out of water magic weilding wizard in Chicago element and is more pure fantasy with Fey people and Unicorns and battles in the sky. It was difficult for me to get into that one too.

    Still Butcher’s wonderful, amusing writing makes anything he does in this series worth reading, if only to wallow in his wonderful voice.
    That sounds more creepy than I meant it to be. I’ll let it stand though!

  3. I have this one checked out from the library. I’m a HUGE fan of this series and have been rereading the first couple before I continue on. I can’t honestly remember if I’ve read this one but I think that I have. Now I really want to read this one after reading your thoughts just so I can remember what happened 🙂

  4. I’ve been looking for a read-a-long for this series . I’m currently listening to Grave Peril and will be following it in order. So far everytime I hear Agatha’s ghost scream I have to turn down the audio because her screams are irritating lol. I agree that not knowing anything about Michael’s background leaves us in the dark .

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