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Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  75,498 Ratings  ·  1,957 Reviews
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey-poo for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walki
Mass Market Paperback, Alternate Cover Edition for 9780451459879, 372 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Roc (first published August 1st 2004)
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Stick a fork in me, folks…I’m done. My relationship with the Dresden Files has officially hit rock bottom.

This is one review I've been dreading to write, both because A LOT of my friends passionately love these books, and because there are so many aspects of the series that are praise-worthy and enjoyable. The world-building is terrific, the magic system is well constructed, and there are host of likeable supporting characters, such as Thomas, Kincaid, Bob, Michael, Ebenezer...just to name a fe
Will M.
Jun 30, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers
Urban Fantasy is the genre I choose when I'm in the mood for a light read, and The Dresden Files is my number 1 choice in that particular genre. I like the characters, plot, and writing. This series keeps getting better along the way, but sometimes it tends to feel like it has a routine.

No money. New enemies. Girl problem. New job. Almost died. Didn't die. Saved the day.

That's the particular routine of The Dresden Files, and it's slowly starting to get boring. Sure I like reading about Dresden,
Lindsey Rey
Aug 04, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Jul 14, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
Book Twenty-four
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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

"Hell's Bells" count: 19 [1:]

As far as I know, The Dresden Files is an open-ended series that Butcher will continue to write until he decides to end it, which is fine with me. He's set up a universe that has endless possibilities to it, from simple mysteries to humorous romps to soul-searing betrayal and heartache. Can't go wrong with all that, and if Butcher wants to just keep putting out Dresden books every eighteen months or so, I'll happ
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My guilty pleasure reading is the Harry Dresden series, featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard. Butcher has the first-person hardboiled narrator voice down pat, and throws out one-liners and rock ‘em sock ‘em action with equal abandon. Harry Dresden’s world gets increasingly complicated in this book with new allies and new enemies, and I’m glad I went back and started at the beginning of the series. This book, like the rest of the series, offers a wild ride and lots of fun.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I've been enjoying this series thus far, but this installment really brought it! The porn star murder mystery had barrel-of-laughs written all over it, doubly so with Harry Dresden on the case. BLOOD RITES put a lot of the characters' roles into perspective; Murphy tries being a vigilante on for size, Ebenezar is not what he seems, and Thomas—I did NOT see that one coming. This book was a turning point for THE DRESDEN FILES, and... PUPPIES!
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Despite the fact that this book needed an editor to point out places where the character gets up from a chair twice in the same paragraph without ever sitting down again or when he eats 3 breakfasts at three different places while seeing a doctor at the last minute between the last two (er, what time is breakfast at the last place?) without ever even mentioning he was full... Okay I'm going to pause there and add a period because even though that isn't a complete sentence, it's too dang long.

Mar 31, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

Blood Rites is the best Harry Dresden book so far. I have pushed the Dresden Files series to the side since I have found a new love in everything Urban Fantasy, mostly due to it's PG nature. Harry is simply too good of a guy bordering on goodie goodie. I have really enjoyed the series up to this point and let it be known that Butcher and Dresden were the only ones keeping me even the slightest bit interested in the Urban Fantasy genre.

This book is a book about curses, vampires, and blo
Dec 12, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This was probably the best outing in the Dresden world for me to date. The series could have gone one of two ways really; tedious and repetitive with stale characters with a too jokey style or an ever increasing amount of world building with entertaining characters with a whimsical style that amused. Luckily, the later seems to be more apt for me and I love that with each novel there is more information provided, like a slow drip feeding, about the world and characters to draw you in further
Executive Summary: Mr. Butcher ramps things up with this story, and continues to break away from the formulaic style of the previous novels.

Audio book: Nothing really of note for this book, although James Marsters does get to try his hand at a Greek accent, which to me sounded pretty good. At this point in the series, I can't imagine anyone else reading it.

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So for me, the turning point for the series starts with the last book
Death Masks, but if that one didn't impress you, this one
It was a pretty good romp in many ways, but I was highly ticked off my numerous logical flaws, especially around the middle of the book. Harry's staff is very important, but through sheer sloppiness, Butcher manages to have it in two places.

He also puts a manual car - one that has been a stick throughout the series & we just read was hard for Harry to drive due to a wounded leg - into 'drive' instead of first. A sentence or two later, he shifts into second.

Power is out in the city - a big
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Faye, la Patata
Sep 29, 2015 Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, one of the best installments yet. This series keeps getting better. Hope it doesn't stall anytime soon...
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

**Audiobook review**

Another AWESOME addition to The Dresden Files series. I'm SO in love with these audiobooks. Must. Keep. Listening.
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
Well, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out through the first couple of books in this series, as it's just moving from strength to strength now. By this, the sixth book, the cast of characters is well developed and one that we've grown quite attached to. As such it was wonderful to have Murphy play such a prominent role in this one and took get a better look into her life. Harry's life also opened up some more and some very significant events took place. Thomas has always been a favorite, so I ...more
Aug 03, 2008 Martha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of the Dresden Files when the Sci Fi Channel made a show about it. I watched all the episodes, and no, it wasn't the greatest show, but I was intrigued and hoped that it would come back a little cleaned up (I believe it's been canceled.) It turns out my parents are big fans of the books, so I thought I'd give them a try.

I should say that I read a couple of the books already, I think #1 and #3, both of which I thought were decent. Not great, but not bad either. This is not a series
I fricking love Jim Butcher. I love Harry Dresden, I love Karrin Murphy, I love Thomas Raith. I love Mister and Mouse, Bob and Ebenezer, and every single thing about this series!

Paul O'Neill
Mar 18, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet!
David Sven
This is probably my favourite Dresden novel so far. The plot was tight and well paced. The sub plot/side story enhanced the main story instead of competing with it (like the last book instalment). The story just flowed smoothly and James Marsters has the audio narration down pat making for an overall enjoyable reading/listening experience.

This book we learn more about Harry’s past and more about his family, his mother in particular. There are some juicy revelations that continue to build Harry’s
Alex Ristea

This is the best Dresden novel yet.

Jim Butcher's writing is getting better and better. It's tighter, cleverer, and has a higher laugh-out-loud per chapter ratio, much to the consternation of everyone else on my commute.

This is my preferred style of humour, and Blood Rites is probably the funniest book I've ever read.

In fact, it had one of the best single lines ever, which was doubly as effective in audiobook because it was read slowly and I couldn't peek ahead and ruin the surprise.

Ready? Here i
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Typical Harry
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Wow, so much going on. We learn a lot about Harry’s past in this one
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Thomas

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

There was so much going on in this one. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it as much. I found myself drifting a lot during the listening and not bothering to rewind. Hmmm. It wasn’t a bad story. In fact we have succubi and incubi in
One of the best opening scenes for a Dresden novel yet, Dresden is fleeing for his life, carrying a box of puppies, and being chased by purple monkey demons that fling flaming poo. Awesome. Just awesome.

Then Thomas, Harry's white court vampire friend, persuades Harry to take on a job as a favour to him. Arturo Genosa is a producer of x-rated movies, and women around him are being killed off by an entropy curse. So Harry has to protect the women, whilst trying to find the actual perpetrator, and
3.5 stars.
Hell's bells, this was exactly what I needed! Fun, funny and fast-paced. This series is perfect for those times when you just need to escape reality. I'll be reading number 7 very shortly!
Feb 10, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book six in the Dresden series takes us to a whole new level with Butchers ability to spin a yarn.
Given what these stories are, I was expecting to see a different story based on the same theme for the next twenty books, or for how ever many he could spin out and have readers pay for. There is a limit that I will go to, when the story just becomes wizard vs Vampire or demon, but I have to say that Butcher stepped up to the plate and kicked ass with this one.

We still have our usual bashed and bat
May 27, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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Have you ever seen the famous Leeroy Jenkins youtube video? There is a group of gamers getting ready to do a quest in World of Warcraft and they are standing outside the gates and talking on their headsets, coming up with a complex gameplan on how to get in there and beat all of these monsters. But, suddenly, in the middle of the discussion, Leeroy decides that he's had enough talk and just takes off, charging into the city gates, screaming his name, "Leeroy Jenkins!!!!". The rest of the group i ...more
3.5 Stars

Very interesting... I have to say, Dresden is imaginative as hell in his insults... not so much in his pet names.

I liked this book, but it kinda fell off from the last two, which I really enjoyed. I was interested in the main story, but the setting was kinda... gratuitous. Gratuitous. Yep, that's the word.

Anyway, this was good, but not the best in the series in my opinion. I do like some of the developments in Dresden's life, though, so here's to the next book. :D

May 06, 2015 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I've found the Dresden books very unbalanced. The huge space reserved for a usually sprawling finale often messed with the clever, heartfelt, carefully dosed, and, sometimes, funny and smart precedents. What has changed is yours truly. I have learned why Dresden, the book series, has garnered so many fans. Its irreverent take on the little problems of life, which laces and binds the opening chapters, has been something I didn't detect with the previous 5 books. But here, I know and ackno ...more
Duffy Pratt
Lot's of people say that these books take off after book 4 or 5 or some arbitrary number. This is book six and I don't see it yet. I like them, and I can see some development in an overarching story, but for the most part they seem remarkably consistent to me, and quite good. Here, there are some obvious developments, as Harry acquires both a brother and a puppy.

The plot seems relatively simple. Someone's knocking off the porn stars (instead of knocking them up, I suppose) and Harry's enemy, the
Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
Sooo close.... 4.5 Stars

If book 5 was a hole-in-one, this one lipped out. Just needed a little something extra, but a great read through and through.

Cannot wait to get started on the next one.

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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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