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Blood Rites

(The Dresden Files #6)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  121,799 ratings  ·  3,563 reviews
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 walking plant monster. Still, there is something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy ...more
Paperback, 435 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Roc (first published August 1st 2004)
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Christie Buchovecky Apart from the obvious Harry reason of him still thinking of them as kids, most of the Alphas are gone by this book (drifted apart after college excep…moreApart from the obvious Harry reason of him still thinking of them as kids, most of the Alphas are gone by this book (drifted apart after college except Billy, Georgia, Kirby, and Andy). Besides, wolves are close-quaters fighters and it's made pretty clear elsewhere in the book (i.e. Thomas getting beaten up) that a black-court vamp getting their hands on you leads to broken bones or worse - Murph and Kincaid for firepower actually does make more strategic sense.(less)
John Driscoll It seems like Kincaid changes his behavior a bit depending on the situation. For example, when he first meets Murphy, he lays on the chauvinist asshol…moreIt seems like Kincaid changes his behavior a bit depending on the situation. For example, when he first meets Murphy, he lays on the chauvinist asshole act pretty thick, so he can test her ability to keep her temper and also get a real sense of her skills. It may be that the "strong, silent type" act is put on for Ivy's benefit, or that the chatty, snarky side we see in this book is in response to Harry.(less)

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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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”I have a life, man. And my life isn’t all about feuding demigods and nations at war and solving a mystery before it kills me.”
Thomas lifted an eyebrow. “It’s also about mold demons and flaming monkey poo?”
“What can I say? I put the ‘ick’ in ‘magic’.”

Well, Harry, let’s just agree that your always have a lot on your plate? ;-P Because quite honestly, monkey poo and mold demons are the least of your problems! There are more important things you’ll have to tackle. Like for instance the set of an er
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.”

As if anyone would believe that, Harry.

Chased by flaming poop of flying monkeys, tasked to work in a porn filming industry as a production assistant, and dealing with vampires; Blood Rites, the sixth installment in The Dresden Files series, hasn’t stopped Harry Dresden’s life from being filled with chaos, excitement, and suffering. Unlike Summer Knight and Death Masks where the repercussion of the conflict seemed more global, Blood
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

(Sleazy saxophone riff)

Dresden magic on a porn movie set.

I have to admit that when I read the trailers for this, I smiled to myself but did not expect much. Oh, I knew I’d probably like it, it’s Jim Butcher’s wise cracking wizard for hire after all, but the premise seemed off. I imagined Burt Reynolds and Heather Graham in Boogie Nights doing magic; Jackie Treehorn producing Log Jammin’ with werewolves fixing the cable.

But I was very pleasantly surprised. I think this is
Will M.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Heidi The Reader
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this entry in The Dresden Files, the vampire Thomas asks Harry to help his friend, an adult film maker. People keep dying on set and Thomas thinks its magic-related.

Part-mystery, part-comedy and 100 percent wizard, I think Blood Rites is one of the best in the series so far.

"I was agreeing to help him and taking a job, just as though Thomas were any other client. It probably wasn't the smartest thing I'd ever done. It had the potential to lead to lethally unhealthy decisions." pg 17

As usual,
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
About halfway through Blood Rites I was thinking this was probably one of the weakest books in the series I have read so far. But, as soon as I start to think this the story takes a turn and it ends up being one of my favorites. Butcher supplied some interesting twists in this one. And just when you thought Harry's life couldn't get any crazier....it always does.

This series continues to supply an endless amount of humor, magic, and just plain old fun. You never know what type of situation Harry
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Full review now posted!

It’s a thankless job, being Chicago’s only professional wizard. But it’s what Harry Dresden signed up for, and he is up to the challenge. Usually. But for someone always so swamped with work, the poor man never has two quarters to rub together. That lack of funds always ends up getting him in trouble, whether because of the jobs he takes to get some cash or because he ends up owing some sketchy people money.

This book opens with Dresden rescuing puppies from demonic purple
Alex Nieves
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full video review here: https://youtu.be/KY6fB2fYMDo

Another solid Dresden entry. I didn't like this quite as much as Death Masks or even Grave Peril, but it was good. I think the premise and the story were actually the weaker aspect of it this time around but it gave me some excellent character moments and reveals that I wasn't expecting. Murphy is really starting to grow on me and is no longer just the annoying cop that gets in the way and tries to get Harry arrested.

I like how each book conti
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
If I didn’t know that The Dresden Files only gets better from here, and that this is the last book that’s a bit meh, I would stop reading Jim Butcher‘s series right now.

That isn’t to say that I hated everything about Blood Rites, so I’m going to try and keep to the positives of this fantasy book!

We saw much more of Murphy
(To those who have read the book – not like that!)

She’s an awesome character and I said in my Storm Front review – her character being side-lined is a real shame as she could ha
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say, Blood Rites is my favorite in the series so far. Now, this was also my first audiobook of the series so that could have something to do with it. It's hard to tell at this point, but either way, I highly enjoyed Bood Rites.

At first, I thought Marsters was a bit too serious for Harry, at least the Harry I had in my head, but the more I read, the more I realized Marsters is pretty much as perfect as you can get. Harry's wit and constant one-liners were actually made more hilario
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, read-in-2017
Rereading with the Lobster. :)
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I think that I might have enjoyed this book even more than I did the first time I read it. It has been several years since I worked my way through the Harry Dresden series the first time and I have been slowing re-reading the series on audio. I am somewhat surprised that I remembered as much of this story as I did but I think that this is really a pivotal book in the series and it stood out in memory for that reason. I really had a b
Lena K.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have mixed feelings about this one...

The whole porn movie production and Dresden working on the set of one, didn't sit well with me at all.

It feels like all of Harry's progress and attitude towards women regresses here, with all of the female characters being objectified by him, one way or another... AGAIN. This is seriously annoying.

The pretty much only good thing was the characters around Dresden, mainly Thomas and Murphy.
Lindsey Rey
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
[4.5 Stars]
TS Chan
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the character development in this volume, a bit lesser on the plot. I've forgotten how hilarious Harry can be. True that some of the humour is quite sexist in nature, but it didn't bother me. ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have to admit, the first hundred or so pages weren't all that great. However, once I got to the part about Harry's life and family I couldn't put it down. I really like these characters. I love Thomas and Murphy more after reading this book. I got to see more of their humanity and not so much of their hard exteriors. After just reading this I think this is one of the best books yet. It will be one sad day in this house when there are no more Dresden File books left to read. Such a great series ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.66 ***

"...“Jobs are a part of life. Maybe you've heard of the concept. It's called work? See, what happens is that you suffer through doing annoying and humiliating things until you get paid not enough money. Like those Japanese game shows, only without all the glory.”
― Jim Butcher, Blood Rites..."
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Somewhere between 3 and 4. I really enjoy it but some annoyances persist throughout whole series.

Interactions between characters are pure fun but it's 6th book and story just can't stay away from overused tropes and predictability. Also every book ends in a way that starting point for the next book is same for the next one and every change in Harry's, despite that they look major, feel like just a gimmick as they don't really change tones or the way story unfolds.
Wow, just wow. 😳 Harry's books are never just magic and action but this one, I think this might have had more emotional and personal revelations than any of the books before it.

And I really do love the way magic is portrayed in this series, the effort and physical cost to Harry in wielding it.

Whispers of things to come, some not good and some downright chilling. I really look forward to where this goes from here. 🔥
Many gave up on the series after Blood Rites and I can see why...

No, it wasn't Harry that I had problems with (I'm actually quite loving his chivalrous tendencies). Nor was it the porn movie plot or the inconsistencies. It's just so... predictable . Not the plot, but the structure. Each book has all of the following:
- 1. There is a main case that, eventually, threatens the general public, so Harry gets hired to solve it. (view spoiler)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series so far!

May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wizardry, fantasy
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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
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! ...more
Three and a half stars. Haven't hit it for a re-read in a while, so I'll eventually have to come back to this review. Liked the developing relationship with Thomas. Notable for the introduction of Mouse. ...more
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!

Re-read, February 2017: So far on this Dresden Files re-read of mine, I've liked all the books better (some significantly so). But this one gave me feeeeelings. I mean, I mostly remembered it for the Harry-goes-undercover-on-the-set-of-a-porno plot, so to say that these feeeeelings were unexpected was a bit of an understatement.

So Harry goes undercover on the set of a porno! His White Court vampire acquaintance, Thomas, has asked him for a favor, to take the director on as a client, to protect
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
Harry rescues a litter of puppies for a Far Eastern monk, who flies back. Much to his surprise one has taken refuge in his Blue Bug, so Harry becomes the involuntary owner of a notch-eared puppy, with a big heart. Thomas asks Harry to see who is trying to kill a porn movie director, who has not one or two, but three ex-wives, some of which were from prior movies. Women on the set keep dying, and Harry recruits Murphy and retains an assassin to help him eliminate the threat. As readers are drawn ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason to grab your headphones 🎧 and listen to Blood Rites

*Like most urban fantasy series the books share an overall arc and the relationships and characters experience growth that are best read in the order of their release. Each book however contains a complete case that Harry takes on and tries to survive. *winks*

I love when I am into a series and suddenly characters and connections click into place. In Blood Rite we learn much about Thomas and Harry.
Harry is becoming a little jaded b
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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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