Monday, October 12, 2009

Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 426
Series : #3 The Dresden Files
Format : Urban Fantasy, Mystery Novel
Reason for Reading : 666 Challenge, to continue with the series

Harry Dresden, wizard for hire is back in another adventure This time the city is being terrorized by ghosts. Not the kind that jump up and shout boo, the kind that are tormented and violent and can actually harm people. He gets a tip that one will appear in the hospital and try to kill the children on the maternity ward. He enlists the help of his friend Michael Carpenter (a carpenter by trade but a Knight of the Cross by calling dedicated to battling evil). They manage to defeat the ghost, but discover her body is wound with a piece of barbed wire meaning she was tormented into her actions. It looks like someone is somehow controlling the ghosts,someone pretty powerful.

Making life more complicated as usual, is Harry's fae godmother Leanansidhe. She is here to collect on a long ago promise made by Harry to serve her. Harry manages to lie his way out of things which is never a good idea with fae. Along the way vampires get involved as well as Michael's pregnant wife Charity and Harry's journalist girlfriend Susan. Unfortunately not everyone makes it out of the ensuing battle in the same state as they entered it and it will have greater consequences for Harry in future instalments.

This was great fun, it went a mile a minute with plenty of twists and turns without getting too complicated. I really like Harry and Michael was a good addition to the main characters. I also hope to see more from Tomas and Justine. This is such a fun series, highly recommended to all urban fantasy and mystery fans looking for something a little different.


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your review! I just read this two weeks ago and enjoyed it. Butcher is a really good author. I have Summer Knight as one of my read-a-thon reads. It's amazing how thick each book is but how fast time goes by when you're reading them.


Kailana said...

I need to get cracking in this series. I still have only read book one!