Book Review: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

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Grave Peril is a supernatural, urban fantasy, 384 pages. First published in 2001.

Harry Dresden – Wizard
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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….

After my boyfriend introduced my to the Dresdan Files, I’ve been hooked. He gave me this book for our six month anniversary in November and I had to stop myself from diving right in due to the other books I was reading at the time.

This book is a bit darker than the previous ones, certainly Butcher has no qualms with making poor Harry suffer! Bianca, the vampire madame, makes a return in Grave Peril and makes Harry’s life a misery – nothing new there.

I was sucked in by the story, it kept me guessing. The ‘big bad’ of this book is called the Nightmare and I didn’t figure out the ending this time around, which made it a nice surprise.

I will admit that I didn’t like the things that were happening – but purely because they were mean things and I just wanted to wrap Harry up in a blanket and cuddle the poor guy!

The ending almost made me cry, I was so upset by what Butcher did to Harry and the others. Obviously, I don’t want to give too much away, but I put the book down when I was finished and had to give myself a couple minutes to get over what I had just read.

If you’ve read the previous Dresdan Files books and loved them, you’ll love this too, but it may hit you right in the feels. Fans of superntural/crime stories will most likely enjoy the Dresdan Files too.

For me, this story gripped me tight and didn’t let go, but due to the fact that it was just so mean, I feel like I hate it – which is actually a good thing!

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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.


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