Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

This entry is part [part not set] of 13 in the series The Dresden Files

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Book Six of the The Dresden Files
Publisher: Roc; First Edition (August, 2004),Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages,Language: English, ISBN-10: 978-0-451-45987-9

Harry starts work on the set of a porno. His White Court Vampire friend, Thomas introduced him to the producer and since the set is being plagued by a death curse, Harry is just the man to investigate.  Naturally Thomas would be involved, since White Court Vampires feed on lust. Soon Harry gets pulled into a deeper plot and with lots of action and magic discovers who is behind the curses.

Blood Rites is the sixth book in The Dresden Files. Jim Butcher has currently written twelve books in this series with book thirteen due July 26, 2011. He has also written six books in the Codex Alera Series, which is closer to High Fantasy than the Dresden Files. See my review of these books at The Dresden Files are considered Contemporary Fantasy and sometimes are referred to as Urban Fantasy. They can also fall into the Detective genre since Harry solves a case in each book. They are told in the first person narrative from Harry Dresden’s point of view as we follow him through his life solving whatever case he is currently working on.

Blood Rites takes place about year after Grave Peril. The war between the Wizards and the Red Court Vampires is still going on, but it is not the sole focus of this story. Although Harry decides to take out Mavra, the head of the Red Court Vampires with some very interesting results and of course plenty of action.  The book starts out with an exciting escape from a demon gorilla and the rescue of a litter of Tibetan Temple puppies. One of the puppies is a stowaway in Harry’s car and soon becomes the newest member of his family, his name is Mouse. Thomas plays a large role in this book. We learn more about Thomas, his family and the White Court Vampires. We learn more about Harry’s past and family. There is as usual lots of action and Harry is in the thick of it all. This is a stand alone story that has great pacing and builds up to a marvelous and exciting conclusion.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  I highly recommend this book. If you enjoy reading a good detective story encasing paranormal activities with a strong, honourable hero then give this series a try.  However, you should read the books in order as the overall story does build even if each book is stand alone.

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