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Blood Rites

(The Dresden Files #6)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  101,172 ratings  ·  2,735 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, 452 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…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…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 characte
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
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

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 one of his better books.

Butcher builds and expand
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
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 d
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.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017, reread
Rereading with the Lobster. :)
Lindsey Rey
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
[4.5 Stars]
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
TS Chan
3.5 stars.

Enjoyed the character development in this volume, but not so much 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.
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) ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wizardry, fantasy
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 happily keep buying them.

One of the dangers of such a plan, however, isButcher

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!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series so far!

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 the c
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!

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 but we meet Mous/>*Like
Nov 09, 2014 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
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. ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Joseph Spuckler
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Chicago's favorite wizard is on another case. This time he helps out a white vampire "friend," Thomas, after saving a bunch of puppies, Tibetian temple dogs, for a Tibetian monk. There seems to be some problems in the adult film industry. Someone is trying to kill Arturo Genosa's stars and Dresden is hired to find out who is doing the killing and stop it. Also in this story, the Red Court vampires still want Dresden dead. The Black Court is actively working to kill him and although Thomas is his ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Israt Zaman Disha
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like the previous books of the series it's pretty exciting. Dresden gets tangled in several threatening problems. I was wondering, why does all the problems have to fall on him at the same time? He gets really beat up and I feel bad for him.

This book is a little off than the previous three books of the series. I feel that it's too melodramatic. At one point Harry himself admits that it's more melodramatic than a Hollywood film. But when I see some possibilities between the most badass man and w
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally see Jim butcher hits his stride! Blood Rites is a fantastic book that brings out all of the best part of this series. The humor is better (and more frequent), story was more interesting, and the writing was better. To clarify, the earlier books are not bad, but you can see the finer details and effort that Jim Butcher puts into this book.

The Dresden Files do seem to have a formula to them. Harry is still recovering from the events of the last book. He has girl troubles. And n
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I’ve really been enjoying The Dresden Files series so far. Blood Rites opens with a bang and just kept going. The war between vampires and wizards is still going strong, but that doesn’t stop Harry. He’s got to pay the bills and so he finds himself in another odd situation.

I will say I felt a little lost at the being and was trying to remember who Thomas was, but I think this had to do with how much time between the books before I read. I just forgot some things is all, but I soon remember and was all in.

Blood Rites put’s a lotin.
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Lena K.
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.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 is stunned for ...more
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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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