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Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  88,805 Ratings  ·  3,217 Reviews
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Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago’s only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry’s ye
Kindle Edition, 465 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Roc (first published September 1st 2001)
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Dec 06, 2010 Casey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hey Dresden Files,

Listen. I know my trusted friends set us up, and they have really good taste and usually know what I like, but it's just not going to work out between us. I like awesome, interesting female characters, and while I will give you that Murphy is awesome, the rest aren't cutting it for me. (Never mind that every time a female character DOES show up, no matter how dire the peril, Harry makes sure to describe the precise way whatever she's wearing cups her breasts. If she is, in fact
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

BR with my peeps at: Buddies Books and Baubles

Specifically: Robin (Bridge Four) , Jenny , Lila , and Steven

3.5 stars

GRAVE PERIL was a kind of awkward installment.

A year has passed since the end of FOOL MOON, and in the interim, not only have Harry and Susan stayed together and are now in a committed relationship, but at some point Harry and our favorite officers of law enforcement have taken down a Bad Guy sorcerer who was using a demon, teenagers, drugs, orgies, an
Will M.
The spirit world has gone postal over Chicago, and ghosts are causing havoc. Tormented, violent, and deadly ghosts that only Harry Dresden can stop. First thing he needs to do before stopping the madness would be to find the one causing it.

The first two novels were good, but this third one was even better. Dresden should be likable by now, and so should the other recurring main characters. Michael was a great addition to the team. I'm not sure if he's in it for the long run, but the Harry-Micha
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read April 20th on Buddies Books and Baubles with Jessica, Ashley, Lege, Steven, Sh3lly & oOSarahOo they is a little behind but still here, and Jenny as out official stalker this time.

Everyone says just wait they get better. Everyone says by the end of book 3 you will see….This is one of those times that EVERYONE was right.

Before this book I was really sorta thinking what’s all the hype. I mean I liked them well enough but I really preferred two other series that were similar Charming
Grave Peril
3 Stars

Many have stated that Grave Peril is the turning point in the series for the better. After considering the plot and the characters, I must confess that I found Fool Moon to be far more entertaining.

Don't get me wrong. Harry and his quirks are very endearing but a number of issues irritated me in this installment. First, Murphy barely makes an appearance and the absence of a strong willed, take no prisoners, female character detracts from the overall effect of the story.

Jul 11, 2008 Doreen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will probably have to find a print version, as I kept getting distracted from the story and am fairly certain I missed huge chunks of plot. My boyfriend found this gripping and has taken to listening to it on his own, but I personally found myself irritated by Harry. Honestly, he behaves too much like the stock hero of a romance novel, only with wizardly powers. Speaking of stock, am I the only person unimpressed by the story-line? It's a fairly middling urban fantasy plot: I actually preferre ...more
Jordan Price
I loved aspects of this story and hated others. I adored the magic, the description of how power worked, how Harry created his spells. I also loved how he got put through the wringer and had to really be willing to sacrifice himself for the survival of the people he loved.

I hated the female characters. I hated that their breasts were described at every available opportunity, particularly the villains. During a climactic fight scene, a female villain was "distracted" by a vampire sliding his hand
S.A. Parham
This is probably one of the saddest Dresden books thus far, but proves that Butcher is not enamored of his character and can let him evolve through strife as well as success. Harry's quest to seek out what is torturing ghosts leads him to various dead ends before he finally puts the puzzle pieces together (nice of the police and Susan to withhold that information for him for so long). The vampires re-emerge in the series, and I love that Butcher's vampires aren't really human at all. He does a m ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
"Hell's Bells" count: 26

If you're reading this series in sequence (which you absolutely should be, or things will stop making sense very quickly), you've got a good handle on how the world of Harry Dresden operates. He's a lone wolf, so to speak, standing up to the Occult Forces of Chicago with only the support of his contact in the Chicago PD, Lt. Karrin Murphy. There's also intrepid investigative reporter Susan Rodriguez, for whom Harry's feelings are slightly more than professional.

There's a
ETA 9/29/11 Re-read:
I am moving this up to 5 stars. This is a fantastic book. So many good things. The book turns the corner for the series and becomes interesting, dynamic and introduces a story arc. Really cool, really cool characters are introduced -- Mavra, Leea, Thomas, Charity, Michael, the spirit communicator (forgot his name), and the Carpenter clan. And existing characters are profoundly changed. At the end of this book, Harry is permanentntly altered -- both in his talent and power and
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Audible edition*

You know when you are reading a story and you are thinking, "There is just NO way the characters can get out of this jam!! They are for sure going to die!!" And part of your brain knows that they can't die, because there are like, a bajillion more books in the series, but the action is so intense that you are at the edge of your seat, trying to figure out how the MCs are going to get out of that mess? That is what this book was for me.

I'll admit, this one has a rocky start. The
I really, really, really want to like this book more and rate it higher, but I just can't.

I love that Jim Butcher has made urban fantasy interesting. There are different kinds of vampires with different councils and different motivations and backgrounds. There are different kinds of werewolves. There are different kinds of spirits. It's interesting and complex, and I love that.

Harry is a decent character. Oh sure, he's over the top, has some sort of savior complex and is a chauvinist pig and I
David Sven
These are definitely getting better. James Marsters’ audio narration has improved noticeably for a start. He’s mixing up his voice acting a bit more and his tormented spirit rendition was particularly good. Jim Butcher gives Marsters a real plug at the beginning which leads me to believe that there may have been a bit of flak received about the audio from the first two books.

Anyway, in this book Butcher manages to keep the plot elements fresh while continuing to develop Harry Dresden as a chara
Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices. He doesn’t do the females great, but most male readers don’t. I understand Mr. Marsters doesn’t narrate the whole series, so I’m trying not to have his voice cement in my mind as Harry’s, since these books are in first person POV.

I think this installment in The Dresden Files is my favorite so far. (Or do I say that every time?) I know I sound like a bro
I really enjoy these books. They are so easy and fun to read, and Harry Dresden is such a compelling and interesting character, I can't wait to read more of his adventures.

This book kind of felt a little bit separated from the previous books in the series, and I feel like there is backstory there that we haven't seen yet. I'm looking forward to that gap filling in, especially because I want to know more about Michael and how he and Harry came to be working together.

I really liked Michael. He b
Feb 01, 2016 Hunter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
I thought this was the best book in the series so far. It started in the thick of the action and introduced some new characters I'm looking forward to seeing more of in the later books.

As much as I enjoyed this book I do have some issues. It can take a while for my brain to process things but once it did I found there were a few things in the series that bother me. My number one problem is the rant near the beginning of each book against science and the age of reason. As if we're worse off for i
Feb 07, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I was informed by many a reader that this series found its legs in book 3, and there was even an intro from Jim Butcher to that effect. It's true! I loved this one to pieces! Many of the secondary characters came out of the woodwork in a big way, and a few new ones were added to the cast as well. I enjoyed the humour a lot more this time around, the multiple plot threads kept me engaged, and the main story arc is just getting started. Harry really defined himself as a protagonist in this install ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal

I love Harry Dresden. He's an awesome wizard, smart, witty and always coming up with some novel way of escaping danger and foiling his enemies.In this case he has to track down something big and bad he calls 'the Nightmare'that is stirring up the ghosts and weakening the barrier separating the world from the Nevernever, home to faeries, ghosts and demons. To do this Harry and his friends are dragged right into the lair of the local vampires where he must find out who is stirring up trouble.

Nimrod Daniel
Dec 30, 2012 Nimrod Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
WOW, what a great book !!!
Fool Moon was much better than Storm Front, and Grave Peril is even better than Fool Moon.The series is definitely getting better and evolves to something bigger and very engaging,no doubt that Jim Butcher is a great author. That's an action packed book with lots of humor,magic and great characters. I really liked Harry's Godmother and Michael as a new characters, Harry and Bob are great (as usual).

Highly recommended !!!
Sep 12, 2014 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the previous two titles in this series and thought they were fun reads, but Jim Butcher has definitely up the ante in this book. I don't often give a four star rating to fantasy titles, except if they have a historical spin, but this was brilliant. It was fast paced, action packed, humorous and the magic is really well thought out and described. I also enjoyed the new characters, especially Michael – this is the first time I’ve read a book where magic and Christianity both had a place. ...more
Deborah Markus
Jul 06, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books just keep getting better: stronger writing, tighter plotting, more and more female characters kicking all kinds of ass.

Actually, what I liked most about this book is what a great variety of female characters it offered, without coming off as some sort of feminist UN experiment. The reason Butcher was able to have so many different kinds of women in this story is that he just plain has one heck of a lot of female characters; and it feels completely unforced because it turns out that
Wow! I love Harry.

This was an excellent way to spend a snowy winter’s day, cuddled up in front of the fire with every light on in my house because I was so scared and creeped out by parts of this book. Think of every scary monster you know and pretty much they are in this book. There are ghosts, demons, different kinds of vampires, fae, and even a dragon.

Grave Peril is the third book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. Each book is better than the previous book. If this trend continues, and
Six chapters and I abruptly hit a wall. You know what kind of woman is described as "gorgeous", has perfect skin (??!) and is gasping for sex with some scruffy bugger? A cardboard cutout, is who. And every woman in this book.

I think we're done here.
Re-read February 2014

"For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life...the way I see it, there's nothing else worth fighting a war for."

A decidedly more dark and intense ride than the previous two volumes. This is really where the series began to find it's feet.

At times ironically funny, frustrating, and incredibly sad. The third book in the series, shows Harry Dresdan has evolved from the goofy, bumbling wizard/PI from the first book, into a truly heartbreaking character that you ca
Executive Summary: I enjoyed this book, though not as much as Fool Moon or as I remember liking it for that matter. Probably because I'm much better read at this point.

Audio book: Mr. Marsters continues to improve as a reader. Gone are most the odd saliva sounds and he seems to have found his voice for the characters. He still reads things too quietly in parts, though maybe it's simply that the overall volume of my copy is too low for my liking (too much loud music?).

Full Review
I debated about
The city has been plagued by an unusual amount of violent ghost activity, and Harry along with his friend Michael (a new character to the series) have been doing their best to exorcise the spirits. It soon becomes clear that the ghosts have been incited by someone with evil intentions, and then theres even worse than that in store, A girl with visions of the future (not good visions), Possessions, and an invite to a vampire ball that Harry would be very wise not to attend.

At first I was somewhat
Jan 07, 2012 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
3 Stars

What I liked:
1. Lots of magic from Harry
2. Michael and his cool ass sword and faith. I love the scary holy man.
3. Action packed from start to finish.
4. Ghosts, Hellhounds, and scary nightmare.
5. Witty humor.

What I disliked!

1. Not enough of Michael, and we really need more backstory on him.
2. No Harry & Murphy sexual tension.
3. Not enough Bob.
4. Compared to the last book and the Loupe Garou, this book was dull to me.
5. The mystery behind the Nightmare actually made the Nightm
Jul 31, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and intriguing read, Butcher just keeps getting better and better.
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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 resi ...more
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“Holy shit," I breathed. "Hellhounds."
"Harry," Michael said sternly. "You know I hate it when you swear."
"You're right. Sorry. Holy shit," I breathed, "heckhounds.”
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