Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

September 12th, 2018 Kimberly Review 40 Comments

12th Sep
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #3
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 11 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory, when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone—or something—is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself...

urban magical paranormal SUSPENSE

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher is the third novel in the Harry Dresden file and once again I listened to the narration provided by James Marsters. In this third book the stars seem to align and I know this series and I are about to embark and a beautiful friendship.

Grave Peril takes place almost a year later. We learn that Harry and Susan are still together. We also learn that our boy Harry along with Murphy and local law enforcement spent the previous year taking down a sorcerer who unleashed a demon. A new character with a shared history with Harry suddenly appears. Michael confused me. Where the hell did he come from? I will be honest, I felt like I missed something and had to double check I hadn’t missed a book, but nope, while I was loading up the next audiobook Harry was busy off the page. However, all is explained and we even meet a dragon so all is well. The story kicks off with an intense scene and never slows down as the supernatural activity continues to increase in the Chicago area.

  • Vampires, ghosts and demons fill the pages as Dresden and his friends find themselves in some tough pinches.
  • Harry’s Godmother Lea, wants to own him. Seriously. The woman is creepy as hell and we learn about Harry’s past and the promise he made her.
  • The agitated ghost of Agatha Hagglethorn appears in the nursery of Cook County hospital. This encounter forces Harry and Michael to travel to the Nevernever.
  • Vampires and vengeful demons..oh yeah!
  • Susan causes trouble when she does something Harry warns her not to do. What does Harry sees in the reporter?

Butcher balances humor with intense suspense and it’s an aspect I am coming to love in this series. I loved the interaction between Michael and Harry. Their behavior upon returning from the Nevernever in the nursery was hilarious! Michael’s faith makes him a powerful ally as doe his  sword,  Amoracchius.

James Marsters, is the perfect narrator for this series.  He has become the voice of Harry Dresden. Harry is such a complex character and Marsters showcased his vulnerability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good and the lives of his friends.

The current cases wrap up, but I am curious about so many things and the roles certain characters will play.  I am looking forward to learning more about these characters. Grave Peril brings us closer to Harry, his friends and the world all while making me curious to learn more!

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40 Responses to “Grave Peril by Jim Butcher”

  1. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    I keep saying I’m going to read this series because it sounds so amazing, and I really need to just shut up and do it, lol. James Marsters does sound like he would be the perfect narrator for the audio.

    • Kimberly

      True story…I bought all the books because I wanted to read them, then I scooped up the ebooks as they went on sale..because i wanted to read them. FINALLY i grabbed the audios at reduced price and began. I am on book 6 now and totally addicted.

  2. Anne

    I totally and completely love this series and I’ve done it all with the amazing narration of James Marsters. I’m finally caught up and now hope there will soon be more. I laughed hard when you talked about Michael because I did the exact same thing I went to see if I missed a book and looked at the end of the previous book. ?? nope? I just love how Harry continues to grow and learn and collect his band of misfits. It just keeps improving. Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I’ve heard so much about Harry Dresden but have not made the leap and added him to my TBR yet. However, if you are this much in love with him, I may have to try him. I still have to get Kevin Hearne on my list after you read him. I must have a thing with male authors. I don’t think I have ANY on my TBR. Shame on me!

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    • Kimberly

      Yes. The sound quality was rough in the first few books as was Masters breathing..but hot damn he rocked this one.

  4. Debbie Haupt

    I’m still not convinced to read him. I don’t know why even though it seems he’s loved by one and all. but maybe in audible. Thanks Kim

  5. Angela

    I really enjoyed the narration for one of the books. I’ve been reading, but did listen too one. I’m still working on this series. It’s a long one, but really good. Thank’s for the review!

      • Angela

        That’s a good goal. I was trying to do the same, but it didn’t work out. I got hooked on the Elemental Assassin series and now I’m devouring those books ^_^. I have Proven Guilty from the library and that’s my next read.

    • Kimberly

      Believe it or not Nick, this series has been in my tbr pile for forever and a day. I just decided to go audio and listen to them. I am averaging one a month.