Blood Rites (Dresden Files, #6)

by Jim Butcher

4.15 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 2 reviews • 17 shelved
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Blood Rites (Dresden Files, #6)

by Jim Butcher

4.15 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 2 reviews • 17 shelved
In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago's only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

Harry Dresden has had worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon-monkeys, 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 curse—but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.
 
Harry’s doubly 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 the vampire’s oversexed, bite-happy family. Now, Harry’s about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever.
  • ISBN10 0451463358
  • ISBN13 9780451463357
  • Publish Date 6 July 2010 (first published 3 August 2004)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Roc
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 372
  • Language English

Reviews

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Reason to grab your headphones 🎧 and listen to Blood Rites

*Like most urban fantasy series the books share an overall arc and the relationships and characters experience growth that are best read in the order of their release. Each book however contains a complete case that Harry takes on and tries to survive. *winks*

  • I love when I am into a series and suddenly characters and connections click into place. In Blood Rite we learn much about Thomas and Harry.

  • Harry is becoming a little jaded but we meet Mouse and it reminded me that Harry has a softer, gentler side.

  • Thomas asks Harry to take on a case, and despite saying no and protesting loudly he takes the job. Harry lives hand to mouth and is once again broke sealing his fate.

  • The case seems simple enough. Protect the producer of  an adult film. Harry goes undercover at the studio. I laughed at the humorous situations Harry finds himself in even as he has to dodge danger.

  • Harry soon finds himself protecting Thomas. His own sister is vying for him. Butcher pulled me into the story as he connected characters and focused on family.

  • I love when an author throws surprises at me. And surprise me he did!

  • Vampire, incubus, reveals, old and new characters helped round out the tale giving way to suspense, surprises and lots of non-stop action.


This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

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ibeforem 4 of 5 stars
I had burned out a little on this series, but thankfully, there’s a cure for that ailment: a fantastic audio production. James Marsters (known by some as Spike from Buffy/Angel) is the narrator, and he does a superb job. He breathed life back into Harry.

Another thing that helped is that this book departs a bit from the giant “save the world” tasks of the last few novels. Harry’s looking for a way to pay the bills, so when his vampire “friend” Thomas comes to him and asks him to help his porn-producer friend, Harry finds it hard to resist. Even though the chivalrous side of him isn’t very comfortable with learning how porn is made.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t get very hot and steamy for Harry. Instead, he ends up in the middle of a family squabble turned turf war, and he’s connected to it more than he ever expected.

I’ll definitely be continuing the series on audio. I can’t resist a great narrator.