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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.

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©2004 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

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"Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue as well as important developments for Harry, the latest of his adventures will have fans rapidly turning the pages." ( Booklist)

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These books get better and better!

The Dresden Files started off pretty weak (wasn't overly keen on the first two books) but they held a certain appeal that I couldn't quite put my finger on, so I kept on reading. Butcher's writing has improved dramatically and his narratives have become consistantly more complex and dynamic with every book. Dresden's cheesy one liners, which I initially put down to bad writing, have actually grown on me and have become an integral part of his character, making him unique and likeable and ultimately believable.

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Such a great listen, James is a genius for this.

So good to listen to. James Marsters does so so well with the range of voices. His efforts really have brought this series to life for me.

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Enjoyable

have to admit I skipped though some of the chapters rather fast as the details and complex nature of the intertwined stories were getting in the way of the main story! I've read the book though. Love this period in the Dresden narrative. as usual Mr Marsters does not disappoint in his reading style 😊

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Great book favourite so far

Characters and story move faster than the last book and feels like a big step forward for the series having characters come back and grow.

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Love the elements that get brought into it

Underestimated Butcher's reasons for sometimes glossing over a detail or explanation, but now several books in, it's clear that he has left himself a great deal of scope to enrich his world. Also in that vein, why kill off a good bad-guy when you can just fake their death, have the characters realise it and build some tension for a book or two?

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  • Robert
  • 18-02-2016

Hurtfully misogynistic, but relevatory.

This i installment was sexist to an almost infuriating degree. I almost gave up on the series because of it. We all know Harry has a skewed view of women, but Blood Rites took it much further than usual; from tolerable to near hurtful. However, i trudged on hoping things would get better. I was rewarded with fantastic reveals into Harry's past, and heaps of intrigue. Character development was fantastic, and I felt validated in my choice to continue. I wouldn't say the ending made the misogeny worth it, but it saved the book in my mind.

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  • Hakes
  • 14-04-2010

Worth the wait!

I was determined to listen to the Dresden series in order, so it was a pleasant surprise when books 6 & 7 became available months earlier than expected! Blood Rites features a fairly new and interesting character, Kincaid the bodyguard of the Archive. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his story in future books. Love the addition of Mouse!

James Marsters sounds more polished and "edited" than in the earlier books, but the books are becoming more complex and polished as well. It's still a fine matching of narrator and author.

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  • Linda
  • 10-01-2013

Not his best work

The book holds your interest, but I have read several of his other novels that were more engaging. Several times during this book I wanted to fast forward. I really wish he would get a girlfriend. And he gets beat up and hurt a heck of a lot in this book. Overall, he prevails, battered and worn. What's up with a hero that is always getting jacked up? If that keeps happening he'll be dead and the series will end. The narrator as always is great. You learn more about the main character's past. That's good. Some good surprises and some bad ones in the book.

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  • Karin W.
  • 09-04-2010

another terrific installment in the series...

...and another excellent audiobook performance by James Marsters, who really brings the series to life.

When Harry's incubus friend Thomas calls in a favor, Harry finds himself working on the set of a porn movie, trying to figure out who...or what...is trying to close down the production by killing off the film's female stars. Of course, there are many, many complications, high danger, White Court vampire intrigues, and of course, Jim Butcher's trademark witty dialogue.

A thoroughly entertaining audiobook!

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  • RabidReads
  • 26-04-2015

This installment really brought it!

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!

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 22-12-2015

New developments keep this alive and strong

I very much enjoyed the plot twists and character developments in this book. It opens up boundless opportunities for more Dresden Files. This is one though that would be hard to read without preamble.

Marsters is a Master!

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  • Thomas More
  • 26-04-2015

Another great installment

There are so many praiseworthy elements to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Time to note a couple of them that I haven't mentioned before:
1) JB knows how to steal from the best. I think all writers steal - all artists, for that matter - and the best do so in such a way that the audience doesn't mind a bit. J.K. Rowling is an excellent example of this. She stole all sorts of plot elements from things she'd read along the way (sorry Ursula K. Le Guin). Here, Butcher steals from her. Isn't the world full of lovely karma?
2) James Marsters. Marsters is so good, such a wonder with intonation, accents - he does things with lines that are utterly unique, things that I'm certain the author never anticipated. This duo of author and narrator are perfect for one another, and it's impossible for us, at this point, to accept anyone else as Harry's "voice."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2018

first weakness

since I started this series that I've already read I've been floored by Marston's performance. it's excellent. however after 6 books I finally can say I'm a bit dissatisfied with his potrayal of Lara. if she's a sultry sexy succubus then in my opinion the voice should read the a calcutive sinister inflection. Ive always imagined a sexy version of Cruella DeVille without the "darlings". Still excellent it's just my reviews were getting same with 5 stars and praising of Mr Marston's.

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  • Hanuman Ishmael
  • 16-07-2018

Good, but trite at times

I like the basic story, but I think the writer could have done at least a minimum of research regarding Firearms since they are in the book so much. Also, it is distracting to pretend that a 100 pound woman is some Kung fu master, motorcycle dare devil, crack shot, Sherlock Holmes, bone breaking, research phenom, super cop. Even in a book with demons, vampires, and magic the suspension of disbelief has limits.

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  • Erik Barbieri
  • 03-07-2018

Not the best Dresden, but very good

Not Butcher's strongest of the series so far, and with a bit of a weak villain, Blood Rites manages to introduce and expand on the characters adjacent to Harry admirably.

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  • raeamber
  • 11-12-2015

Murphy!

really enjoying this series the welcome new addition stays I hope. Finding out more about Muphy's background was very welcome & mother Murphy sounds like one hell of a woman. . Loved the story sad funny thrilling & worrisome

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  • mr
  • 31-05-2019

Good story but mixed messages

I'm working my way through the series whilst waiting for new rivers of London books as it's on the same lines. When I was first recommended these books I saw that a lot of reviews were saying it's pretty heavy on sexism. That heads up actually helped as I anticipated the issue but this book, book no 6 is too much for me. I know many will think it's over sensitive and I do want to say it's a good story and I really enjoyed lots of parts but I just can't get my head round this being written in 2004 not 30 years earlier! I can get on board with the old chivalry, that's just who he is but he constantly drones on about his respect and love of women whilst objectifying every woman he comes in to contact with. Every woman is a potential conquest unless they are unattractive and then he just labels them as so. Apart from necessary situations ie Thomas, that's not something he feels the need to do for the Male characters. He continues to establish himself as a champion of women whilst calling them bitches and whores. We also get schlong jockey for an adult film actress but the Male actors aren't given the same insult despite one threatening him so perfect time for an insult!. it seems to me that when he insults men it's an appropriate insult for that man but when its women its straight to sexuality. For many it's probably not a big deal and as I said I managed to ignore it in the first 5 books but I found myself rolling my eyes and noticing it an awful lot in this book.

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  • Louise
  • 06-10-2015

excellent! totally brought to life !

narrated by James Masters. buffy references made me laugh out loud on the train :/

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 22-01-2018

Nice story

Not sure how Harry's going to make it through many more books with the wounds he seems to accumulate.

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  • Chris
  • 06-07-2015

Awesome

Brilliant entry in the Dresden series of books best one yet. Must read for fans.

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  • K
  • 10-04-2013

Harry is exposed

In the previous books we have been offered Harry,an interesting but rather 2 dimensional wizard. With this book you finally get to see the man; his back story is peeled off layer by layer to give a richer more complex character. Tantalising glimpses of how is past informs his future are laid out like bread crumbs to follow...

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  • *Flora*
  • 30-10-2020

A Deadly Game Of Cat and Mouse.

I've read the previous books in this series and really enjoyed them. The Dresden Files has become one of my favourite reads. The magic and paranormal abilities found in these books feel perfectly credible. I love the way that the characters in these books are written. They're multifaceted creations that feel believable; they have depth and layers to their personalities. Good or bad, light or dark is an illusion, the reality is actually one of the myriad shades of grey. Aside from Harry, I loved getting to know Thomas and Murphy during this adventure. There are revelations that took my breath away. Blood Rites was more than a good story, it had everything that I look for. There's a great balance between the various aspects of this story: Mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective, and the paranormal. Jim Butcher blends the more brutal aspects with well-written humour, love, friendship and hope. This mix helps to keep the story from being too dark and heavy. Blood Rites also managed to surprise me a few times; not taking the direction I was expecting. I enjoyed trying to second guess what would happen next and how Harry would get out of the various deadly situations he inevitably found himself in. I bought the audiobook format as well as the ebook. However, I found myself just listening to Blood Rites rather than reading it. James Marsters performance was amazing. The pace at which he read the narrative was appropriate for each scene, while the voices he gave to each character added another level of credibility to the dialogue. I feel that James has personified our protagonist. Bringing Harry to life in his narration of this series. Blood Rites is a gripping book. However, it's part of an ongoing series so don't expect all the loose ends to be neatly tied up. There's no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end. However, although Harry may have won the battles in this book, we're left in no doubt that he'll need to face many more before the war is over. I for one, can't wait to find out what adventures Harry is forced to go on in the next book.

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  • Kaya Smith
  • 12-10-2020

Repetitive series but getting better

So this is book 6 of the series. There has been a lot of repetition so far- assume the author thinks people won’t read the books in order? This is the best by far regards story telling but still felt rushed towards the end. It feels a bit like the author isn’t sure of the outcome until the end of the writing but hasn’t left enough time to finish the book before publication! On a good point - As ever the narrator is excellent.

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  • I Have You Now!
  • 11-10-2020

Fantastic

Fantastic read Fantastic listen Great story Great characters Thank you very much..on to the next

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 07-10-2020

My favourite book in the series - so far!

I really enjoyed this story and narration. Any problems re sound editing that have blighted my experience of previous Dresden Files audiobooks have ceased to be an issue, and I've been able to concentrate on the story without distraction as James Marsters does a stellar job with Jim Butcher's work. The story holds together in one coherent whole, with characters new and familiar bringing colour and variety to a plot that hinted at enigmatic mysteries with one or two big reveals. I very much look forward to Book 8!

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