Posted by: Tyler Mills | September 12, 2011

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Grave Peril is the third book of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  The series continues as we follow professional wizard Harry Dresden into another thrilling and terrifying adventure in modern day Chicago. Grave Peril begins with Harry and his knightly friend Michael  jointly combating a rampaging ghost in a hospital, one in a long line of ghosts that have gone berserk across Chicago in recent days.

Dresden and Michael must work together to investigate why the ghosts of the Nevernever are appearing so frequently and behaving so hostile. Harry has a lot to lose by getting too involved in the Nevernever, namely intervention by  his mysterious and rather deranged faerie godmother Leanansidhe  seeks to enslave him so as to “keep him safe”. Matters are made worse when Harry is invited to(and forced to attend) a party thrown by Bianca, the red court vampire who he so royally pissed off in back in Storm Front. All of these conflicts intertwine to cost Dresden and his closest friends a great deal of pain and trouble as well as introducing us to a large number of various fae and supernatural creatures of the Dresden universe. This book blows open a wide hole of story possibilities that make it easy to understand.

This book was intense and fast paced and continued the trend of increasing darkness as we delve deeper into the underworld of the Dresdenverse. I enjoyed the book, though it wasn’t my favorite of the series so far. I found working with the faeries and the vampires very confusing and it was somewhat difficult to keep up with all the new characters and world details and conflicts that we all being introduced one after the other throughout the entire novel. After I got over the learning curve however, I loved getting into the mind of Harry as together tried to solve the mysteries and fight the battles of Grave Peril.

Another great urban fantasy novel, I highly recommend Grave Peril by Jim Butcher.

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