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Blood Rites
by Jim Butcher

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
384 pages; ISBN: 0451459873

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Blood Rites
Jim Butcher
Roc, Aug 2004, $6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0451459873

As the only wizard who outed himself, he has more business than he can handle even though many people do not believe that Harry Dresden performs real magic. White Court Vampire Thomas, who feeds on human energy instead of blood, has done Harry many favors over the years without asking for anything in return. So when Thomas finally needs Harry’s help, the wizard drops every thing to assist his pal.

Porno movie producer Arturo Genosa has opened his own production company, but someone cast an entropy evil eye spell that kills the women around him. Harry is to protect the females while also discovering who is casting such a powerful and deadly spell forbidden by the Council of Wizards. Complicating the situation is the return of the bloodsucking Black Court vampire Mavra, who wants Harry dead. Since she has magical powers, she might succeed in drinking a bloody toast at Harry’s corpse.

The sixth Dresden File is the ultimate amalgam of fantasy, horror, and mystery similar to the best works of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff. Harry suffers plenty of physical and ensorcelled trauma, but keeps on fighting as he believes in his cause. He also realizes that he really likes a certain pain in the butt Chicago police lieutenant so that in spite of the mundane and mystical assaults he feels pretty good about his life. Jim Butcher provides another triumphant tale that will garner him more readers wanting the next Dresden file.

Harriet Klausner

 

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