This book was hands down my favorite so far in the Dresden Files series. I think it took me all of three days (reading only at night after work) to finish it, with maybe a one “staying up way too late on a work night but I promise I’ll stop after this chapter!” night. I’ve always loved vampire stories and Blood Rites, book six of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, explores a different side of the vampire culture Butcher has created in so much depth.

Blood Rites

The case Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, takes doesn’t seem obviously vampire at the start. A popular movie director believes he is the target of an entropy curse (basically a chaotic hate curse that will do anything to harm the target) and hires Harry to protect the set of his new movie. In typically Harry fashion he agrees to the case before realizing his new client is the director of adult films, creating great discomfort for Harry and his persistent chivalry. Whether or not the women he’s protecting are naked, Harry is determined to make the movie set safe because this particular curse is extremely deadly.

The vampire aspects comes in with Thomas, Harry’s vampire friend who convinced him to take the case. Thomas is flippant and hyper-sexual, but fiercely loyal to his family and friends. They have remained friends through the vampire/wizard war and several other cases when being associated with Harry could hurt people, although they often don’t get along. And it turns out Thomas and his family are involved in the adult film industry, along with several other business adventures, Harry is understandably upset that Thomas tricked him into the job. As more women are put in danger and Thomas’ family starts to feel threatened by the investigation, Harry is determined to help his friend and the movie cast survive despite the growing danger.

While I can’t give away the most amazing part of the book without spoiling the big plot twist (I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!), Blood Rites shows yet another side of Harry–a softer, more trusting side that struggles to actually address his feelings instead of using sarcasm as a shield. One of the best parts of Butcher’s series is how, six books into it, Harry Dresden continues to evolve and change. Many mystery/murder series that I’ve read have a static main character and only change the plot around that person; Butcher shows new sides of Harry that change how he interacts with the people in his cases, and it’s refreshing to see!