By Jim Butcher
Blood Rites is the sixth book in the series featuring Chicago's wizard private detective, Harry Dresden.
Six books in and the series just gets stronger and stronger. This time we've not only got the usually high standard of writing and wonderfully crafted plot but some inspired character development too. This book pushes the story of Harry forward much more than any of the Dresden books before.
Blood Rites see's Harry re-aquainted with Thomas as they investigate the set of a Porn film. As you might expect there is a great deal more to the story than that though. As the title suggests Vampires play a major role in this book. Mavra and Kincaid make a return too - this time though Kincaid is working for Harry which creates some really amusing scenes.
As with the previous book, even though we've got the usual humour and light-hearted touches Blood Rites feels a more serious novel. It's got the usual break-neck pace, twisting plot and wonderfully warm and comfortable prose. The reveals we get are big and as surprising for Harry as they are for the reader.
Each of the Dresden novels seem to be better than the last and number six is no exception. As rewarding for the surprises as it is for the story.
Written on 27th January 2015 by Ant .