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Grave Peril

(The Dresden Files #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  125,285 ratings  ·  4,769 reviews
In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.
Kindle Edition, 465 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Roc (first published September 1st 2001)
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Olivia I would recommend going back and reading it. Some pretty important events unfold, impacting the way Harry is in Summer Knight. Oh, and a future [core]…moreI would recommend going back and reading it. Some pretty important events unfold, impacting the way Harry is in Summer Knight. Oh, and a future [core] character is introduced and seeing as he and his family weren't even referenced in the first two books, it might help shed some more light to who he is.

This is an awfully late response, I'm sure you've already made your mind up one way or another by now, but figured I'd submit it on the off chance you take a gander at this question anyway.

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Dec 06, 2010 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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Jim Butcher How Could You Do This To Me Buddy Read (JBHCYDTTMBR™) with my slightly unhinged MacHalo Freaks wife/sister/aunt Shelly

Who are you and WHAT THE BLOODY FISH have you done with Formerly Awesome Happy Dresden (FAHD™)?!

Was this really written by the same author as books 1 and 2 in this series? It sure doesn't seem like it. I started thinking about DNFing it around the 20% mark, and it's nothing short of a miracle that I eventually made it to the last page. Skimmingclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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, and did I mention, a DEMON, to wreak various havocs in ChicBaubles
Things I'd rather do than read this book:

1) Clean the toilet.
2) Listen to Justin Bieber.
3) Read the dictionary in a language I'm not fluent in.
4) Watch a political debate.
5) Sit in rush hour traffic.
6) Stare at the TV while Netflix buffers over and over.
7) Watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
8) Eat plain unsalted rice cakes for lunch every day for a month.

I just can't do it anymore. I recently DNF'd another book called Deadly Curiosities. I don't know which is worse.

It's not that the
Meh . . . I keep hearing about how awesome this series is, but someone needs to tell me when it gets good! Three books in and I am still not super impressed.

The first problem I have is that everything he makes up sounds so convenient and unbelievable. I know that fantasy/supernatural stories involve a lot of made up stuff, but usually the author makes it sound believable. With this book (and the previous ones) whenever the main character is in peril, the author would pull something o
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ol' Harry Dresden is at it again, only this time the werewolves have been replaced with ghosts and vampires. Yep, ghosts... and vampires. Still not really sure why the vampires needed to be around, especially those siblings. Wow.

The book starts out well with Harry and a new character named Michael,who is this crazy broadsword wielding priest, tracking down a ghost in the newborn wing of a hospital. It was a little different than the previous books in that it really jumps right in, that guy
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
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghostbusters meets Nightmare on Elm Street (with vampires).

This 2001 novel is the third installment in the Harry Dresden files, professional wizard and the only one in the yellow pages. Butcher stated that he felt, and many fans have seconded, that this is where the series really took off. And I can see that, this is fun urban fantasy and built to move … along to the next book.

Taking place some time after the events in Butcher’s 2001 novel Fool Moon, where Harry fought some werewolves and even a super duper kind of ancient w
2.5ish stars.

An improvement over the last book, but still not quite making good on the promising potential that's supposed to be there.

I definitely like this better than Fool Moon. I feel like it flows more naturally... Or maybe the story itself is just more interesting? I mean, it isn't great and I tend to prefer series that are more serialized than procedural as this one is but that's just personal preference. The central plot here introduces just another freak of the week.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better then the first two! I'm cheering for Harry Dresden again!
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 and Hounded…now Harry might be pulling ahead of at least Hounded (
Heidi The Reader
Another satisfying entry in The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is again saving the world from supernatural creatures so that we can all sleep soundly in our beds at night. He's joined by a knight of the church, an intrepid reporter and his familiar, Bob.

There are vampires, fairies and ghosts, oh my! Plus some other magical creatures thrown in for good measure.

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Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had lot of fun and rating could have been higher if not for ending, specially for one cheesy moment and ending of story arc that followed. One thing I hate the most is when things reset to status quo instead of moving forward.
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.

2.5 stars

Is there a single un-sexy woman in this book other than the baby-mudering ghost at the very beginning? If there was, Jim Butcher must have accidentally missed it because the main character, Harry Dresden, seemed to remark on the breasts of basically every female/vampire/fae/whatever he came across in this book and it honestly annoyed me. Objectify women much?

Originally I read and quit this book back in 2014. Fast forward four years and for some reason I decided t
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I rarely feel the urge to read books in the “urban fantasy” subgenre. An awful lot of them seem to be “paranormal romances” which are anathema to me. I think I have only read a few urban fantasies, American Gods, China Miéville’s Kraken, and Clive Barker’s classic Weaveworld spring to mind. The Dresden Files series has quite a reputation though, it has a rabid fan base and it is often recommended in SF/F online forums. However, even fans of the series tend to agree that the first couple of books in the series are not s ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There seems to be a common idea amongst fans and new arrivals alike to this series, that this, the third book in the series, is where it starts to get good. I’ve read the series and started again while I’m waiting for the next volume- I think the first two are great too. This one just ramps up the action and its consequences. And this might be the one where Harry Dresden starts to slip-by his own standards- taking actions and committing deeds that in an ideal world he would not have chosen to do ...more
Lena K.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
“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.”

I actually really liked this one! Harry is still sexist and chauvinist, and still describes women by the shape of their boobs (COME ON ALREADY, it’s getting old...) but holly heck! We have an evil fairy godmother with hell hounds, an egotistic dragon, evil vampire brothers, a girl with prophetic dreams that no one believes to, crazy
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, i feel like these books keep on getting better and better. It was a fast easy read, that was engaging, funny, and typical Harry Dresden. I really like the direction the series is going. I feel like with every new installment, his writing its becoming more mature and prolific. For me everything is starting to feel a bit more complete and i'm finding it easier to start relating to Harry and the world all around him. I was happy to finally have more contact with the nevernever and more of ...more
Nimrod Daniel
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban_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 !!!
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-priority
"Some words have a power that has nothing to do with supernatural forces. They resound in the heart and mind, they live long after the sounds of them have died away, they echo in the heart and the soul. They have power, and that power is very real.

I will make this review short and sweet. Grave Peril was the best book in The Dresden Files series so far. I know I am only 3 books in, but each one seems to up the stakes and be more exciting than the last. The first two books were light hearted and fun. But thi
Jul 01, 2008 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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third installment of the Dresden Files ghosts are terrorizing the streets of Chicago and with the Ghost-busters nowhere to be found Harry Dresden is called upon to swing into action.

This was the strongest installment in the series so far for me. The first half dragged in places as I missed some of the cool secondary characters from previous books (Murphy and Johnny Marcone being the most notable). However the second half of the book picked up in a big way: the vampire ball seq
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 slid
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
As promised they are getting better. There even seems to be a bit of humor coming though (by way of Bob the skull.)
TS Chan
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Grave Peril was such a mixed bag that I actually felt disoriented when I finished it.

The plot started out strong and I was completely engrossed during the first half of the book. However, in the end, I found the plot to be overly strung out and convoluted to be convincing. Everything that which culminated into the climax just seemed too elaborate a set-up and Harry's resolutions to the endless stream of dire situations he got himself into begun to appear far-fetched, and even convenient at time
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Oh Wow! I loved this book more than I ever thought I would. It was just perfect for Halloween also! One of my favorite fantasy mystery series.
Jan 31, 2008 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.

Israt Zaman Disha
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, Thriller Lovers, HP Fans
Took me 5 days to finish this book. The only reason it took me so much time because I read it in the middle of my term final.

Addictively thrilling… once you start it, it's hard to put it down. Something is always happening. One incident after another. I wanted to finish it in one day. But damn exam...

I am a very impatient person when it comes to good books. Thanks to Rizwan vai who took out his time to convince me that Dresden files is worth another try after I felt very disappointed reading S
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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Every once in a while the right combination of things come together perfectly. This audiobook fits that description. I enjoyed this book the first time I read it years ago but listening to James Marsters perform this story really takes it to a whole new level. The series seems to really be taking off at this point and the story was very well done. I completely enjoyed every moment that I spent listening to this book during my re-read.
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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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