Author: Jim Butcher
Title: Blood Rites
Series: The Dresden Files (#6)
Publisher: Roc (August 2nd 2004)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas-a vampire of dubious integrity-only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders." GoodReads’ blurb
The blurb does almost nothing for this particular volume of Dresden Files. It’s like saying a cupcake is a lumpy spherical thingy. Well, yeah, but it’s so much more!
Thomas turns out to be a lot of things, but what he is for sure is a White Court vampire. Remember, those who feed on sex? So, what does this favor entail, hmm?
Well, picture Harry as assistant in a porn movie shooting.
I laughed so hard at some of the scenes in Blood Rites that I was afraid I’d end up waking someone (you know I listen to this series at night).
As is the patter, Butcher throws Harry in way too many problems to solve in the first few scenes and then, little by little, he works on solving them.
Well, other than solving the mysterious porn murders, Harry has got to take care of the vampire war, kill off a black court vampire who’s ready to chew his head off, and somehow find the funds to pay the mercenary who will have his back while he does that.
Oh, and Murph is back. With a family reunion she wants to avoid, so can Harry please prepare his vigilante assault to be on Saturday, please?
All in all, this is yet another fun, crazy adition to the Dresde universe. The most noteworthy things, besides from the wry humor that never gets old, is the coherent world Butcher is building here. By this point, he can call up former characters mentioned in passing, and use them to weave new stories. And that’s what he does—to the point that I sometimes had to scratch my head and think, wait, who was that again? But it feels good, to have a world real enough that it has inhabitants beyond the main character, and where everyone changes and evolves.
On the topic of changes, there’s something pretty daring happening in this book. Something related to Harry, fire, and his hand. It was almost painful to listen to, but afterwards, I loved him all the more.
And them, something else about Harry and Thomas that explains a lot of things...
If you still haven’t started with this series, what are you waiting for? If you’re working your way through it, this volume won’t disappoint.