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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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Little choppy at times but good none the less.

The start of chapters tended to cut off the word "chapter" so it sounded like "ter 8" wasn't to big a deal, but the long pause before it started was a little annoying... More then once started thinking its paused for some reason.

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I love Dresden, but vampires are so overdone.

Don't know what to say about this book. It had the usual great characters and story but I just an so sick of vampires. Him did take a unique angle as he always does and the comic relief is still there but I just hate vampires.

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  • 02-14-13

Just didn't do it for me

I don't know why but I just couldn't get into this. Maybe it was the low almost montone of the narrator. I suspect the story got better but I moved on. Must be good with positive reviews on the Dresden series but I just didn't get it.

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Some good twists

It's hard to write a series this long that doesn't get tired. This one had some moments when I thought the writer was yawning, and then he picked it up, dusted it off, and took a couple of twists I didn't expect.
IT's good fluff. It;s like eating an apple. IT's got a nice crunch, not a great deal of substance, but very tasty naless.I would say it's a honey crisp apple.

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Decent Story - Poor Character Growth

After 5 of these books I would have expected more depth and character growth. Dont get me wrong, the stories themselves are entertaining enough and the reader is one of the better I've heard, but thats about it. The main character remains a two dimensional platform for sarcasm at best and doesnt grow as a person or as a wizard. I've got to the point where I'm rooting for the villians to rid me of this characters idiocy. Of course I'm guessing the author wants me to dislike the main character, otherwise I dont feel any emotion. Futhermore, when a woman that isnt Karen Murphy is in the picture, you have to listen to overtly sexual descriptions of women that sound as if there being filtered through a virgin teenagers point of view. I think this will be my last venture into the world Harry Dresden.

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  • raeamber
  • 12-11-15

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
  • 05-31-19

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
  • 10-06-15

excellent! totally brought to life !

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

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  • K
  • 04-10-13

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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  • Dr Ashley Spindler
  • 04-30-21

A real low point for Harry Dresden

It's easy to say that this is far from Jim Butcher's best work. Blood Rites sees Chicago's only professional wizard hired to protect an adult film director and his production, while tangling with two vampire courts.

You might think that sounds pretty good, and on its face there's a neat mystery, and some of the signature action sequences that Butcher does best. But, this entire book is held back by Harry Dresden's truly awful personality. In previous books, Harry's so-called "chivalry" was a fun gag, it got him in trouble and he seemed to know it wasn't all that great. in this one though, it's so much worse.

To start with, every single woman in this book is described in *painful* detail, head to toe. There's multiple descriptions of some characters which go on and on about how sexy Harry finds them. Even Karrin Murphy, who has always been a great foil to Harry's neanderthal shenanigans, can't escape it. Murphy gets objectified, physically groped in the middle of a fight scene, and then in what might be the most excruciating part of this book:

Lord Wraith, head of one of the White Court Houses, explains in detail just how much he wants to violate her, how he will break her and how good it will make him feel.

It's gross. It's lazy. It's uninteresting. The white court's whole deal is they are basically super natural sexual predators, and the book handles it incredibly poorly.

As an audiobook, I will say that James Marsters continues to deliver a great performance. It's just a shame the material is so bad this time.

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  • Ben Hesketh
  • 01-30-21

Weakest story so far

Just that. Doesn't grab me as much as earlier books. It was okay but not one I'm liable to recall well

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  • Flora
  • 10-30-20

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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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 01-22-18

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
  • 07-06-15

Awesome

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

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  • The Guy
  • 12-05-21

another great story

what can I say except another great mystery solved with dresden. perfect performance. I love these books.

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  • chelsea
  • 02-05-16

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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  • Richard
  • 01-18-22

Every book a masterpiece

This is my fourth listen-through of this series. This is, hands down, my favourite book series. You won't regret taking the time to listen.

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  • Josie - The Bubbly Book Reviewer
  • 11-14-21

Dresden just keeps getting better.

Jim Butcher’s writing improves each book I listen to. James Marsters voice is now Harry Dresden when I think of it. You always know who is talking with his performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

brilliant

brilliantly told by James, his voice is perfect for reading aloud.
Jim Butcher fabulous writer, captures my imagination.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-20

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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  • Babs59
  • 10-06-18

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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  • Benjamin
  • 10-25-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-16

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?