Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself…. -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 3/5


This book felt like a step towards something bigger. I’ve been burning through these books quite quickly – 3 this week – but I do feel like I have to right now. If I stop or pause for a break with another book/series, I might never come back, and I don’t want to miss out on what people have been promising – the books get better after book 4 (or 6 – depends who you ask!).

This is not to say that these first three books were bad. Not at all! They were solid urban fantasy books. The plots are fast-paced, Harry Dresden is our loveable chauvinistic wizard, and there are monsters around every corner. I’m enjoying these books – I just want to love them! So, I’m really hoping these next few books make me see the light.

Okay, onto this entry. I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how gory these books can be… I suppose I should have done with Fool Moon, but in this one I noticed it a lot more. It’s not overly exaggerated, but it’s graphic enough to make me feel a little sick – perfect!

Harry is really growing on me. He has a couple of moments in this book where I was either very excited for him using magic and being awesome, or he thought something that made me really begin to see him as a hero. I got to a rocky start with Harry Dresden, so I hope his character only continues to develop like this.

We don’t see much of Murphy, which is a shame. I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews in this series that I think her character is seriously underutilised. I understand why she’s not in this book much, but it’s still a shame.

That point links to my final point – the magical side of the world is being developed and I’m loving it. This is more like my kind of fantasy, and I think it suits the books more too. Yes, we’ve had a rogue wizard and four types of werewolves before, but in this book, we get a glimpse into how the supernatural underworld operates. It was a fantastic introduction to that and I’m excited to see more.

The final chapter of this book essentially forced me to start reading the fourth one, so I won’t be stopping this reading binge for a while yet!

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)

Read more of my reviews of The Dresden Files HERE

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