Title: Grave Peril
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Paranormal fantasy, Urban fantasy, Wizards
5th sentence, 74th page: I began to compel it by the Holy Word, and it went quite mad.
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-area phone book.
But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….
I swear that this series just keeps on getting better and better. Every time I open the page on a new Harry Dresden adventure, he seems to have stuck his foot further into some mess, found some new and incredibly enemies (and sidekicks), and just generally managed to work out a way to get himself into deeper shit.
Normally in crime books you can see where the red herrings come up, even when you can’t quite see who the real villain is. And, I thought that I had figured out where the red herring was in Dresden’s newest trials. Boy was I wrong. Boy, oh boy, oh boy. Which, for me, is the best possible thing. After all, who wants to actually know where the story is going every single time? Who wants to be able to guess what happens next all the time?
There was also the blooming romance between Susan and Harry that made this story so intriguing. I’m still convinced that Murphy and Dresden make the perfect couple, but Susan and Harry work fantastically as well. His inability to tell her his feelings have unforeseen and really severe consequences, but it is also a great glimpse into Harry’s twisted past. The combination of a love interest, ghosts gone world and a vindictive fairy godmother have left me searching through my book room (I really have to get myself a bookcase) for the next book… now where did I put Summer Knight?