Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3)
The whole series Is man fluff...
Book 3 of the Dresden Files finds Harry Dresden, Chicago Wizard Extraordinaire, fighting alongside Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, to keep the cities restful undead from crashing through a diminishing barrier between the Nevermore and the real world. Author, Jim Butcher, does an amazing job blending an enormous amount of creatures when doing his world building, and many of them show up in each of his books. I could quickly see that he had put in plenty of research time in this one, and found myself sneaking glances at Google just to find out more the setup for some of his characters.
The story is brisk, and you quickly bounce between several different frying pans and fires. The buildup occurs throughout the entire book, but the climax was pretty blatantly foreshadowed, deadening the excitement some. Butcher is one of my favorite reads for the big twist at the end, but this one fell short of his usual, which is still enough to keep him ahead of the average writer.
Harry’s development to be central to the series storyline. He is apparently getting stronger in each book, but other than the sheer repetition of the spells, I am missing where the increase in powers is coming from. His mentor/sidekick/Encyclopedia of Magic hidden in a skull with glowing eyes Bob, shares important information and develops potions with Harry, but I think the hints at Harry’s ever increasing power must be foreshadowing for later books where it is explained in more detail.
I would recommend this for all the now adult Potter fans that are looking for the magic to continue without all the teenage angst. I would also put an age warning on the story, some of the scenes get steamy, and may not be something that you would recommend for younger readers, send them to the aforementioned Potter series. There are 15 books in the series, and I am sadly only on number 4, but would still safely mention this to anyone looking for a great urban fantasy story, to add a bit of magic to their dreary days, and aren’t afraid of the monsters lurking in their Nightmares.