Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)
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Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)

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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-...more
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Roc (first published January 1st 2001)
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Casey
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...more
Doreen
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
Lauren
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.

Second...more
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
Jordan Castillo 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...more
Regina
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...more
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...more
Chris
"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...more
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...more
Becky
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...more
Penny
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...more
Suz
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...more
Nimrod Daniel
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 !!!
Tania
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
AH
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...more
Sara
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Sath
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...more
Holly
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...more
Lisa
Sigh. I'm tired of plot lines always presenting themselves where Dresden gets his powers taken away and has to get himself out of serious trouble in a weakened state. I'd like to see him at full power for once when he goes into a fight.

This installment of the Dresden Files is definitely darker than the first two, and introduces some interesting characters. On the other hand, there are the usual handy-dandy-just-happened-to-know-he-needed-them spells, the drawn out battle scenes, and Harry's end...more
Rob
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?).

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David(LA,CA)
Okay. Now I get it. Now I can see why this series has lasted so long and is so popular. This one was the best of the series so far.

What really elevated it for me was that the main character was given an ally. In the previous two books, it's been very much a case of Harry vs. the world. He had "friends" here and there, but they tended to either be cannon fodder or a hair's breadth away from turning on him. Here he finally seems to have some useful back up. It may have moved things away from the "...more
Brad
i. Shit. This is going into pause for now, until my copy turns up somewhere. It's probably in one of the many laundry baskets. Or somewhere. Rrrrrr. Now I have to choose another fun book from my shelves.

ii. So nearly two years ago I lost that copy, and it did eventually turn up in the shed, having soaked up water from a tiny leak. It was swollen to three times its size and overrun by fungus. But I brought it in the house, my very own Vandermeer, spore-laden tome, and I put it on the ledge beside...more
Jason
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...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. I am a big fan of these books. They are fun reads, well plotted, interesting world building and are never boring. Add to that a main character with an interesting "voice" and you have a good, solid read.
Richard
8.5/10

In my opinion this has been the best in the series up to date. I was absolutely blown away with the first 100 pages with us getting dropped straight off into the middle of the action and then slowly introduced as to what had been going on beforehand.

The style of writing was the usual top notch, easy read style that Butcher has used in the last couple of books with Dresden often dismissing his opponents with some derisory comment to infuriate them further. I also liked the inclusion of Mich...more
Olga
This was the last book in the Dresden Files omnibus I got from the library and it left me feeling very enthusiastic about the future of the series for a variety of reasons.
First of all, as I mentioned in my review of Fool Moon I was concerned whether the vague tendency of the plot to become formulaic was going to resurface in this book. Fortunately I shouldn't have worried: Mr. Butcher took the story in a completely different direction and every twist felt fresh and exciting. There were no two...more
Duffy Pratt
It's brisk, fun, and has a few very cool moments in it. It has all the stuff that's good, and not so good, about Harry Dresden. The most curious thing about this book was the introduction of Michael - the Fist of God. Harry has always been more than a little bit self-righteous, following his own moral compass. He falls easily in the tradition of Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. He appears from the outside to be morally shady, but he has a core of integrity that is unshakeable.

Micheal is different,...more
Katy
Feb 17, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
Animal Abuse: A number of animals, including a cat and a bird, are murdered by a rampaging... something.

My Thoughts: This one is a hard one for me. Don’t take that wrong—I love this series, and I loved this book—but it was a hard one. These books become progressively grimmer, like most urban fantasy series. However, I was literally rolling during the initial scenes with Michael. I had forgotten how intensely...more
Evanyn
I made it through the third book of this series after being given to understand that it gets much better around book 4-ish, depending on who I ask. It certainly didn't get better at book 3.

After reading two chapters of Grave Peril I had to put the book down and check to make sure I was reading the books in the correct order. (Yep. I was.) Who on earth is Michael? Harry has a fairy godmother? I felt so lost. And now that I've finished the book, I don't feel much more enlightened about where thes...more
Hunter
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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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