Review – Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher

grave perilGRRRR…This book annoyed me.

The third installment of the Dresden Files has Harry fighting ghosts that are being driven by a strong force that wants to destroy Harry.

Sorry to fans of this one but I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it.  Yes, it made me angry and I’d rather just tell you why and then move on to book four where things better change!

First of all, until I reached about the 25% point I was convinced I had missed a book.  I went back and confirmed that this is in fact book three and I’ve read books one and two.  Oooookaaaay.  Maybe there was a novella or short story (Dresden Files 2.5) that would explain things.  Like who the heck is Michael and why is he being presented as an almost partner and good friend to Harry when I have never heard of him.  And, Harry’s fae godmother being thrown about like we know her.  Nope, no novella or short story to explain.  Seriously, what the heck?  I could live with a few things left unexplained or to come later.  This was just bad writing or laziness.

The story itself was also much sloppier than the first two books.  It didn’t make much sense as to why the big bad was targeting Harry.  How did he really control the ghosts and attack the living?  No clue here.

Lastly, I already knew Harry was a chauvinist but he really took it to the next level here.  He was obsessed with breasts and legs when he should have been worried about his life.  Or, I don’t know, the lives of the women he was ogling.  Butcher also allowed Susan to revert to idiocy.  As Harry’s girlfriend she’s seen a decent amount of the supernatural at this point.  Enough for a smart woman, as she is, to use her brains.  Instead she walks into danger without a concern for herself or how it would affect Harry.  It made no sense for her character and led me to believe that Butcher may just believe women are wired to be idiots.

2/5 stars.  There were a few things that I liked. The humor and the pacing.  But, come on, Butcher – GET IT RIGHT.  I am going to read book four and truly hope I don’t see these same issues.

P.S.  I didn’t factor this into my rating but my edition was riddled with typos including Hellbounds instead of hellhounds.  It was very distracting and I expect more from a national publisher.

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