Misdirection, a ghost with the power to cause and control nightmares, and attacks from multiple factions in the supernatural world makes this third installment of The Dresden Files the most exciting adventure yet.
Something has stirred up the ghostly denizens of Chicago, leading to frenzied attacks on unsuspecting living residents. Harry Dresden, modern day wizard, with the help of Michael, one of God’s Knights of the Sword, is working overtime to put out supernatural fires and save innocent lives from assaults the average citizen can’t even see.
When a mysterious entity, dubbed “The Nightmare,” is able to enter homes uninvited and undetected, against all rules of the paranormal, Harry has more suspects than answers. Something is attacking Harry’s friends, and Harry himself, and the clues lead to a sorcerer named Kravos whom Harry and Co. defeated months ago. Only Kravos is locked up by the Chicago PD, or is he?
While all this is happening, Harry is also on the radar of a major player in the vampire court, Bianca, and in trouble with his faerie godmother, Lea, over a bargain he made in a life-or-death situation. Plus, when the Nightmare attacked him, it stole a large chunk of his magical power and gained the ability to impersonate him. Harry may be in more trouble than he can handle this time.
I’ve read several of Jim Butcher’s novels and collections in the past, but this is the first time I have read through the series in order. I was pleasantly surprised to see how the relationships between different characters, especially that of Harry and Susan, have developed, and already am aware of a major upheaval coming for them in future books. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Harry’s relationships with other characters, friends and enemies, continues to change, as many of the major baddies/allies/rival powers survived to come after Harry again.
Overall, this book is the best of the series to-date, and a good choice for any reader who wants their paranormal detective story with a side of mayhem and romance. I give Grave Peril five stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.