Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) Title: Blood Rites
Author: Jim Butcher
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Harry is hired to investigate a series of mysterious deaths on the set of a porn film and finds himself battling against a ritualistic curse and vampires from the Black Court.

Review: It has been a slow process but The Dresden Files is finally coming into its own as a series and is noteworthy for its excellent world building, exciting actions scenes and wonderful supporting characters. Harry's relationships with Murphy, Kincaid, Thomas and Ebenezer take off in new directions and the revelations regarding his past open new avenues for exploration.

The plot is fast paced and easy to follow although it does suffer from a number of cliched tropes such as the sexpot porn star, the vindictive ex-wife and the megalomaniac villain obsessed with his own self-importance. The solution to the mystery is a little on the obvious side although there are some interesting twists and turns along the way.

In sum, Blood Rites sets up several important plot points and is a must read for fans of the series. I would, however, recommend that newcomers start with book#1 Storm Front so as not to miss out on any of the backstory.


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