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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

©2004 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

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"Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue as well as important developments for Harry, the latest of his adventures will have fans rapidly turning the pages." ( Booklist)

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Hooked

The first of the Dresden files thats really hooked me. The series has been laying out the fantasy ground work for the pervious 5 books. Its a lot to take in, but this book is where they finally take it all and run with it.

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very good

I like seeing the progression that Harry makes at the end of his books and they always keeping me excited for the next one.

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Can’t put down this series

I’ve reread this series about 20 times and it’s just as good every time. Can not recommend it enough. #Audible1

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Great performance!

Marsters give a full cast level performance all on his own. The whole series is a pleasure to listen to.

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Once again another great story. It is nice to see the characters developing over time.

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Excellent excellent

Excellently written and read! Great series that make time fly by. Funny and full of adventure

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A well read rendition of a kick ass book

Jim Butcher is as much a Wizard as his protagonist Harry Dresden, gripping stories from start to finish, comedic, action packed and full of mystery.

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Dresden Files are great!

I love listening to the Dresden Series! Would love for these books to be made into movies!

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Well developed characters, the continuation of a great storyline, plots and subplots - all brought together by and a clever writer and the masterful reading by James Marsters.

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  • Hakes
  • 2010-04-14

Worth the wait!

I was determined to listen to the Dresden series in order, so it was a pleasant surprise when books 6 & 7 became available months earlier than expected! Blood Rites features a fairly new and interesting character, Kincaid the bodyguard of the Archive. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his story in future books. Love the addition of Mouse!

James Marsters sounds more polished and "edited" than in the earlier books, but the books are becoming more complex and polished as well. It's still a fine matching of narrator and author.

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  • Linda
  • 2013-01-10

Not his best work

The book holds your interest, but I have read several of his other novels that were more engaging. Several times during this book I wanted to fast forward. I really wish he would get a girlfriend. And he gets beat up and hurt a heck of a lot in this book. Overall, he prevails, battered and worn. What's up with a hero that is always getting jacked up? If that keeps happening he'll be dead and the series will end. The narrator as always is great. You learn more about the main character's past. That's good. Some good surprises and some bad ones in the book.

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  • Karin W.
  • 2010-04-09

another terrific installment in the series...

...and another excellent audiobook performance by James Marsters, who really brings the series to life.

When Harry's incubus friend Thomas calls in a favor, Harry finds himself working on the set of a porn movie, trying to figure out who...or what...is trying to close down the production by killing off the film's female stars. Of course, there are many, many complications, high danger, White Court vampire intrigues, and of course, Jim Butcher's trademark witty dialogue.

A thoroughly entertaining audiobook!

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  • RabidReads
  • 2015-04-26

This installment really brought it!

I've been enjoying this series thus far, but this installment really brought it! The porn star murder mystery had barrel-of-laughs written all over it, doubly so with Harry Dresden on the case. BLOOD RITES put a lot of the characters' roles into perspective; Murphy tries being a vigilante on for size, Ebenezar is not what he seems, and Thomas—I did NOT see that one coming. This book was a turning point for THE DRESDEN FILES, and... PUPPIES!

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  • Lizabeth Baker
  • 2016-03-08

Little choppy at times but good none the less.

The start of chapters tended to cut off the word "chapter" so it sounded like "ter 8" wasn't to big a deal, but the long pause before it started was a little annoying... More then once started thinking its paused for some reason.

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  • Lea
  • 2015-02-18

I love Dresden, but vampires are so overdone.

Don't know what to say about this book. It had the usual great characters and story but I just an so sick of vampires. Him did take a unique angle as he always does and the comic relief is still there but I just hate vampires.

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  • SP
  • 2013-02-14

Just didn't do it for me

I don't know why but I just couldn't get into this. Maybe it was the low almost montone of the narrator. I suspect the story got better but I moved on. Must be good with positive reviews on the Dresden series but I just didn't get it.

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • 2012-10-19

Some good twists

It's hard to write a series this long that doesn't get tired. This one had some moments when I thought the writer was yawning, and then he picked it up, dusted it off, and took a couple of twists I didn't expect.
IT's good fluff. It;s like eating an apple. IT's got a nice crunch, not a great deal of substance, but very tasty naless.I would say it's a honey crisp apple.

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  • Dawn
  • 2012-05-19

Decent Story - Poor Character Growth

After 5 of these books I would have expected more depth and character growth. Dont get me wrong, the stories themselves are entertaining enough and the reader is one of the better I've heard, but thats about it. The main character remains a two dimensional platform for sarcasm at best and doesnt grow as a person or as a wizard. I've got to the point where I'm rooting for the villians to rid me of this characters idiocy. Of course I'm guessing the author wants me to dislike the main character, otherwise I dont feel any emotion. Futhermore, when a woman that isnt Karen Murphy is in the picture, you have to listen to overtly sexual descriptions of women that sound as if there being filtered through a virgin teenagers point of view. I think this will be my last venture into the world Harry Dresden.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2015-12-22

New developments keep this alive and strong

I very much enjoyed the plot twists and character developments in this book. It opens up boundless opportunities for more Dresden Files. This is one though that would be hard to read without preamble.

Marsters is a Master!

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