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Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3)
Grave Peril - Dresden Files, Bk 3
Author: Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden's 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's gone post...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451458445
ISBN-10: 0451458443
Publication Date: 9/5/2001
Pages: 378
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 589 ratings
Publisher: Roc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) on + 389 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Wow!! These Dresden Files books just keep getting better. This one is non-stop action, you barely get a chance to catch your breath. Harry has to deal with the Nightmare, an evil that attacks in your dreams. It seems to be targeting Harry and those who are close to him. The plot is multi-layered and keeps you involved. I loved the character of Michael and his feisty wife Charity. Not sure that I like the direction of Harry and Susan's relationship and all I can say about the ending is YIKES!! Absolutely fantastic book!!!
reviewed Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) on + 134 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
While I loved the new characters introduced, this series entry seemed a bit frantic and disjointed as if there was so much going on there wasn't enough time to cover it all in enough detail. Still a really fun read in a really fun series, though. :)
reviewed Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I actually had a hard time staying with this book in the first 100 pages or so and thought about abandoning the series all together. I am very glad I trudged ahead! The beginning seems to be setting the background, etc... and if you stay with it becomes a very interesting story, indeed. Sign me up for book #4!
reviewed Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) on + 902 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is Book 3 of the Dresden Files.

This series just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoyed the addition of a new character, Michael. He is a God-fearing, giant-sword-toting family man. He can also hold his own in a fight.

In this book the plot gets a lot more complicated. There is no shortage of action, political intrigue, mortal and spiritual danger, moral quagmires, kidnapping, and a lot of fighting. In addition to all of that, there is a very nasty ghost on the loose who is terrorizing people in their sleep. And those people happen to be Harry's friends.

Harry continues to develop as a character and continues to get himself stuck in impossibly complicated situations. This is a must-read book in a must-read series and I highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A demon is attacking people in their dreams and Wizard Harry Dresden is out to stop it. This demon seems to be targeting Harry's closest friends, including Lt. Karin Murphy. Now Harry must find out who is responsible for calling up this demon and stop it.

Harry has help from several new characters, including Michael and Thomas. I felt like Michael had a huge backstory that I somehow missed. This story also begins a huge story arc for this series. My rating: 4 Stars.
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reviewed Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) on + 201 more book reviews
I love this series! Harry is smart, funny and has crazy friends, oh and gets mixed up in some odd stuff, but odd for a wizard? No! In this book Harry had to fight off the nightmare, find out why ghosts are wrecking havoc in his city, save his girlfriend and stop an evil vampire. What more could you need?
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Light reading in a dark series. The Dresden Files are formulaic, but fun anyway. This third book in the series illustrates the adept way Jim Butcher weaves together the various well-researched myths of a particular category of the supernatural: in this case, ghosts and vampires. He tends to deal with the huge variety of mythology for any given monster by having types within the category. Then he weaves all of the types into the mystery as clues and red herrings. Harry's story also unfolds, adding another dimension to the suspense and puzzlement. Things don't always work out well for our anti-hero in black.
Ghoulishly delightful!
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Very imaginitive! Too boot - this one starts out with action from the very beginning to almost the very end.

It starts out with Harry and Michael (a new character) racing to Cook County Hospital. No; neither of them are having a baby at the moment! They are attempting to stop a pumped up poltergeist from killing the entire maternity ward. Apparently things like this have been happening a lot lately and they still have no clue why. Well...this fight leads to the Nevernever where we learn the ghosts are actually being tortured to act and we meet Harry's Godmother - to his most unfortunate dismay.

Jim Butcher continues on the literary track by backtracking in the story to the beginning of Harry's day where we meet another intriguing character who gives her name as Lydia. Additionally, the author gives the backdrop on the Blue Beatle again and even mentions the last book with the mayhem with the werewolves.

The Ringmaster in this mess involves Special Investigations...which in turn involves Murphy, but aside from a cameo appearance here and there she isn't in this book. So another star to Jim Butcher for that one since it was beginning to becom a pattern. (First two books: A murder, Harry is called in, he starts invetigating, Murphy decides to arrest him, he doesn't go to jail, gets his ass kicked and then solves everything. The End.)

Back to this particular story though....Someone says it's a nightmare. So, not surprising that Harry has a nightmare that takes a chunk of his stomach and half his power along with it.

Throw in a Vampire Ball, Vampire politics, Harry's bad deicions, Harry's girlfriend and all of Michael's references to G_d since he is "the fist of G_d" and you have yourself a pretty damn imaginitive book.

And no! Not everything is saved by Love at the end. :p

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Harry Dresden (Primary Character)
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