Grave Peril (Dresden Files 3)
Since I have started reading the first two books of the Dresden Files, I might as well continue on to the next available books in the series.
Ghosts in Chicago are in a stir and wreak havoc in places that seem to be attached to their mortal selves. Harry with the help of Michael, a Knight of the Cross, goes to places and banish ghosts from harming the people of the city. While thinking of possible reasons of the ghostly disturbance, Nightmare (a demon ghost) starts to haunt and torture people close to Harry. Pair it up with the upcoming ball of the vampire’s Red Court, Harry is in for more trouble than he had assumed.
Comparing this with the first two books, I must say Harry Dresden has somewhat redeemed himself from making me shelf the series. Although some of the scenes were of the similar formula, I think it was brilliant than its predecessors. The introduction of new characters and the motives of each were well played.
- Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, is a new and interesting character in the series. He play as Harry’s faithful and only friend. He is shown as a loyal man to his family and to his church and is seen as always preaching about God into Harry’s life. He was introduced within the first pages of the novel and was confusing not knowing who and what he was but it is forgivable since his history was well played in the next chapters.
- The involvement of religion in a fantasy novel is fairly new. Making magic and faith in God as instruments and weapons against evil just shows that both can work together to achieve a common goal.
- Susan here plays too much of a Lois Lane. Snooping around to get her breaking story, unmindful of the dangers she is getting into no matter how much she was warned. Hard headed, yes, but I guess she’s just doing her job.
- The introduction of Harry’s fairy godmother Lea adds an interesting touch to the story.
- Vampires – sometimes I’m getting tired of reading/seeing stories with vampires (not to mention zombies) but I guess they’re better portrayed here than in Twilight (no offense to the Twilight fans).
- Harry, again, is beaten up and almost killed. I am just crossing my fingers that he won’t be in the upcoming books. It’s just surprising how he manages to heal 100% despite all the blows (magical and physical) he has received.
I’m giving this book a thumbs up. I like the flow of the story and how it was open ended. It gives you something to look forward to in the next book.
“For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life. The way I see it, there’s nothing else worth fighting a war for.”