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Review: Blood RitesBlood Rites (The Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Penguin Audio on Apr 5, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey-poo for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse-but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas's oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas's family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.

This installment of the series seemed to be all about series development, and it was awesome! Harry seemed to take charge in several situations, and this felt like a great improvement. Too often, it seems like Harry just goes with the flow, but he really seemed to be directing several situations, and it really fit him.

Some of the bigger developments can’t be mentioned without spoilers, but one development was the appearance of Karen Murphy. It seems like she hasn’t been present much in the last few books, but she gets lots of page time in this book, which I am very happy about. Her and Harry have a great working relationship, and I love the hints that there is something more simmering under the surface.

I can’t mention Karen without mentioning my favourite scene, the picnic. Oh, the picnic and Karen’s mom. I just love her. I know exactly what was going through her head as she watched Karen and Harry argue. And I wholeheartedly agree and approve.

The storyline this time had quite the sex angle, what with Harry doing bodyguard duty for an adult film producer, and the appearance of several White Court (incubus) vampires, but it never went into erotic territory. It did make for some amusing situations, but I was quite impressed at how tasteful the entire angle was portrayed.

Overall, this may have been my favourite installment of the series so far, mainly for all the development that occurred. I can’t wait to see where things go next, and I hope Karen keeps getting page time. And maybe her mom a few times too, as she seems like a great meddler.

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