In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago’s only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.
Harry Dresden has had worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon-monkeys, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse—but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.
Harry’s doubly frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas—his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to the vampire’s oversexed, bite-happy family. Now, Harry’s about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever.
Thomas scowled. “An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo.”
Blood Rites was a really odd book for me to read. I’ve read this series quite a few times now, and I remembered this entire book. But I did not remember that it was a book. By this I mean I was constantly surprised by the events going on in this book because at first, I didn’t even know what book it was. And even when I did have a clue, I kept going “Wait, that’s this book?”. I kept attributing these events to other books in the series.
The revelations related to the series in Blood Rites are absolutely amazing. The details have stuck with me, because they’re so critical to the series. The character and world building additions are just perfect. There were so many wonderful new things added to the series with this book.
However, as a book it isn’t very good. It’s actually kind of a bit of a mess. Which is why I didn’t even remember that this was a book, I just thought all the parts were in other books. Even now, after rereading, I have a difficult time saying what this book was actually about. There were just so many pieces that didn’t really fit together.
There was what ended up being the main plot of the book, I would say. It starts off with Harry going to the filming of a porno at the request of Thomas, who has helped Dresden out a few times now. People are getting hurt, and it looks like magic, so Dresden is trying to stop it. Kind of boring.
And then it stays that way for an entire third of the book until the rest of the plot decides to finally show up. Turns out, weird things are happening in the White Court Vampires, to which Thomas belongs. They’re the court that feeds off emotions. I can’t even say what happens in regards to the White Court because the revelations are really, really deep into the book. I can’t even say how it connects to the porn film. And Thomas’s involvement is even more spoilers.
Then there is the Black Court Vampires (blampires, lol) who are also hanging around Chicago for.. you know what I don’t know why there were there except to pick on Dresden. Only Dresden got Chicago declared neutral territory the book before. So why was Mavra there? Anyway, Dresden launches an assault against the Blampires – he is taking the fight to the enemy before they can get to him. (Doesn’t that break neutral territory? I’m not going to think about this anymore..)
Of course everything goes wrong at every step. This wouldn’t be a Dresden book without that happening. The biggest thing that happens in this book is that we learn just how intense the consequences can be in this series. And I don’t mind spoiling that consequences happen. Because they do, and they’re big, they’re grave. They have a lasting effect. They make you step back and reevaluate just what may happen in this series.
And also Dresden gets a dog. Mouse is a good doggy.