Grave Peril (Dresden Files – #3 Review )

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So After Facing Some very onerous opponents in the previous installments , including but not limited to – Oversized Scorpions , Oversexed vampires , Rampaging Werewolves etc , Harry* The Wizard is Back and this time Mr. Harry is off attending a Huge Party with his new Pal – a freaking White Knight !

*No not the “you’re a Wizard Harry !” -Harry , the other Cool , Wise-cracking, wearing a Hat on the cover but never on the book Harry .

We have now left Reason and Sanity Junction. Next stop, Looneyville

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Grave Peril enlists the adventure of Harry Dresden – Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment,
as he travels around the whole of Chicago in his Moribund Blue-beetle* with his new pal Michael , a white knight of the order , to investigate and stop the countless Ghosts trying to bring Chaos to the City of Chicago , meanwhile he is being invited to a Mega party arranged in honor of Chicago’s famed Vampiress Bianca .

*which by this point now sounds more like a Rainbow beetle and less a Blue beetle

We’ve both got into the blue beetle. He got into the red door, I got into the white one

Meanwhile the Book does Vast improvements on both it’s world building and explaining the mechanics of the Magic in the world of Dresden files ,As explained pretty nicely by Dresden and Butcher the Magic in the world works as per laws of physics like Thermodynamics , laws of Newton and what not.This in itself makes this book a very improved version of the series .

Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed

The plot also thickens in this book with heavy twist filled climax and Jim butcher doing his best to make sure that the protagonist gets trapped in the most troublesome of scenarios and then wiggles his way out of it by twisting and using minute rules of Magical world he lives in. Probably one of the most entertaining feat of this book

“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.”

Things also gets personal this time with Harry and like it’s predecessor book did with werewolves a new Myth was explored and various types and natures of Vampires in the world were explained in this book and while all this happened Harry’s allies and enemies converge big time creating a scenario that underlines huge importance and links events for future books of the series .

I don’t know about your true form, but the weight of your ego sure is pushing the crust of the earth toward the breaking point

There’s introduction of two characters in particular Leanansidhe , Harry’s weird Godmother, who is a Fae by the way and a powerful one at that , and Thomas Raith , a White Vampire*, these 2 characters particularly intrigued me and made me want to know more about their roles in the series . The book explores how magic works in the world of Dresden very well , making the whole it works on emotions thing a very reasonable explanation by mixing it with Physics which are later masterfully used by the Titular character in the mega showdown .

*What’s a white vampire ? well read the book and you will know , but if you insist , they are the Twilight version of vampires , only they are bad-ass , somewhat evil and Kill around coz they are hungry and simply aren’t lame and glow white

I’m amazing and studly, but I have limits

That said the book did have it’s regular flaws Harry still comes across as a misogynistic dick and what really made this series enjoyable in the first book was his humorous side and yet just like the previous book Harry throws very few wise remarks and jokes and that’s a huge turn – off for me personally. However This book finally makes the whole misogynistic attitude more bearable . There were also a few predictable scenarios and that certainly took a lot of charm away from the Finale Death battle

For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life.” I called power into my blasting rod, and its tip glowed incandescent white. “The way I see it, there’s nothing else worth fighting a war for

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That said in terms of the Series this book definitely does a much better job than it’s immediate precursor and it remains a fun , action-filled , fast-paced page turner . In mere terms of the quality , The book solidifies the magical world that Jim Butcher had incepted . The author explains how the world works than uses that knowledge very well to create a mess for his protagonist and when it all comes down the protagonist comes out of the scenario unscathed and makes you realize how cleverly he does that by twisting the previously explained knowledge of the Dresden World .

I’d hate to find out that the universe really wasn’t conspiring against me. It would jerk the rug out from under my persecution complex

In The end I came out of reading this book feeling that it has come very near to becoming a very amazing read , it’s just missing a few tweaks and I guess one will find if those tweaks come to fruition in the future books

Michael half-smiled. “The Lord will never give you a burden bigger than your shoulders can bear, Harry. All we can do is face what comes and have faith.”
I gave him a sour glance. “I need to get myself some bigger shoulders, then. Someone in accounting must have made a mistake.”

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