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Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6) Audio CD – February 21, 2014
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas --a vampire of dubious integrity -- only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.
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Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago. He turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires novels.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (February 21, 2014)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664635408
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664635401
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
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This book is one where you need to have read the earlier books in the series. While Butcher catches the reader up on more picky plot lines, other aspects of Dresden's world the reader is expected to remember. I love the returning characters and found the new characters interesting, sometimes as one finds something nasty "interesting."
Butcher is truly a master of urban fantasy and this is well worth reading. Do start at the beginning of the series.
Dresden has a sweet meeting with his dead mother but that is not the two big surprises in the book. At the end of the book, Dresden is the happiest we have seen him...I can’t wait to red the next book to understand how he gets messed up yet again.
It quickly becomes apparent that there is indeed a dangerous plot underway that seems to be targeting the Producer of a newly formed motion picture studio that has moved into Chicago after breaking with a bigger studio in California, in hope of being able to make more creative pictures and cast a wider range of actors and actresses. Harry gets a rude surprise when he shows up for his first day on the case, undercover as a production assistant, only to find that the company is producing Adult Erotica...porno, in a word!
Still off balance because of the unusual environment, Harry is quickly embroiled in one problem after another, fighting to derail what appears to be a very strong Entropy Curse that seems to be targeting all the women on the set, and there seems to be no connections between the victims.
On top of that, Harry is attacked by Black Court Vampires, led by Mavra, a dangerous and very old survivor of the pogroms and Vampire Hunts that occurred following the publication of Bram Stokers "DRACULA", which spelled out, in plain language, all the weaknesses inherent in the Black Court Vampires, and how to kill them so that they stay dead!! Only the very strongest, most vicious, survivors lived through that time, and Mavra was in that number. Now she has come to Chicago with the express purpose of destroying Harry Dresden, and every man woman and child that he has helped or cared for since he came to town.
There's no rest for the weary, as Harry hurtles from one crisis to the next...full out mayhem on an epic scale! Harry must call in favors where he's able, and recruit from a very limited pool of talent, and while, as usual, he manages to put together a Dream team of potential power, even a win may leave him in an untenable position...it may take 'Blood Rites' to make things right in the end
Harry’s newly grown balls colors his character in more ways than his desire to eliminate threats by shooting first and I found the dialogue and Harry’s sometimes rather sharp tongue to be quite enjoyable to read. Some people complain about Harry overdoing his protectiveness towards women. Some even call it irritating and chauvinistic. I disagree completely. Actually such comments saddens me. As Harry said “feel free to call me a Neanderthal” but personally I am quite happy that the lead character exhibits some good old-fashioned moral values.
The book more or less runs two story arcs in parallel. One is mentioned in the book blurb and the other one is an old aquaintance. Normally I am not too keen on trying to squeeze in parallel story arcs but it works fairly well in this book. Both are reasonably well done and I actually quite liked the second one. Both for being a straightforward go-in-and-kick-some-behinds story and for the big-mouthed not quite human mercenary that it introduced.
One thing that I did not like was Harry’s silly behavior towards his friend and mentor after a number of truths about Harry had been revealed. The way Harry acted was not just thick, it was stupid and quite frustrating.
The book concludes both story arcs without too many loose ends although the revelations about Harry will of course stay with us for a while. On the whole I quite liked this book. As I wrote, the best book in the series so far as far as I am concerned.
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The action fairly fizzses along, and there was satisfying development of Dresden's back story too.
I've found previous installments in the series OK, but not been blown away by them. After this for the first time I'm actually eager for the next book.
P.S. I'd love it if Murphy was the eventual inheritor of Shiro's sword and became a Knight of the Cross. After all there's git to be a limit to how many times she walks into supernatural danger unarmed and escaped with her life.
On one hand the formula is not too different to prior books, but we see a bit of a slow down in pace and change. From all out action as prior, we get more underlying details revealed about people with who Harry has various relationships with, its a nice and refreshing change.
As a character, Harry does however tend to grate me the wrong way somewhat and in this book we see a lot of that. He act's so self riotous when he is no saint him self. Additionally all of his interactions with everyone aside from Murphy just seem to be getting angry and making snappy or sarcastic comments. Now I get that is his persona really and these books are not as deep on character's as other books, but he just feels too shallow for me at times.
My other flaw is the pacing seems off point, like some of the other titles, the beginning and middle seem decent in length, if not somewhat padded, but the end is just too quick.
In all its not an amazing book, but solid. Not the best in the series so far, but a nice way to whittle away the hours, for that it gets 3 stars wit ne each lost for pacing and the lack of depth to Harry.
What I liked about this book is that as well as the usual magic and action sequences, there is a backstory about the main character becoming more developed as the story unfolds. He interacts with family he didn't know he had, and has to deal with emotions triggered by that. He develops more of a three dimensional quality in all his relationships in this book. Previous books have been more about the here and now, with little hints about what had gone before and the people that had shaped Harry. This time there is more explaination of past events, plus new characters to complicate the plot.
He also finds out some things about existing characters; McCoy and Murphy. This changes his attitude toward them which presumably will be developed in later novels. There is some juicy action in the form of Black Court Vampire showdowns and Harry aquires another household pet, a puppy. Naturally, this being the Dresden files, the puppy is no ordinary dog and saves Harry's life more than once.
Overall, a good book and well worth the money.
The first five books were thoroughly entertaining. Well-written, beautifully crafted plots and a great cast of characters, not least the wizard himself. This one (Blood Rites) is the first for which I have written a detailed review, inspired through the brilliance of certain character developments and revelations. Very clever. I will not post any spoilers but the twists (all of them) were thoroughly satisfying and seamlessly woven into the series. Well done Mr Butcher.
Don't get me wrong; it's still a good book and miles ahead of most of Butcher's competition, but for some reason the story just left me a little cold.
There are the seeds of something interesting here, with a curse striking an adult film set, a closer look at the incubi and succubi of the White Court, and an assault on a more traditional vampire enclave. While individual pieces are certainly great, they never seem to mesh quite as they should.
However, certain developments within the story render it unmissable for regular readers, as they entail several permanent changes to Harry's life and loved ones. So I would still recommend Blood Rites to Dresden fans, just be warned that while good, it's not as fabulous as most of the other books.