Well, this one has a puppy. I mean I could have started this review by talking about the return of the fabulous Thomas, or that it involves a cult of porn-star sorceresses, or even that there’s a fantastic fight sequence near the end, but it doesn’t matter. There is a puppy, and it is adorable.
This jaunt with Harry was a pretty complete package all things considered. It’s another vampire centric plot which might become a bit tiresome eventually but when combined with puppies and porn-stars it’s still oddly enthralling. Actually, scratch that, nothing odd about it. Especially when combined with the ridiculously charismatic Thomas Raith.
“Thomas has the kind of whiter-than-white boyish grin that makes women’s panties spontaneously evaporate.”
This tale is an emotional roller coaster as well. Much as it seems like the relationship Harry and Susan had was resolved at the end of Death Masks, there’s a single scene in this book that makes it so much more tragic. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to rereading Death Masks now, as I think it’s going to make it so much more heartbreaking an end to their relationship. After reading this scene, it’s gonna be painful to see it end even more.
Now one of the highlights of this adventure is that it has a few plot threads going on simultaneously. You might argue the previous books had that, but Blood Rites has a plot disparate plots within it which resolve old questions, set up a dozen new ones, and the odd one which lasts no more than a few pages but are infinitely memorable.
“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!”
Now up until now I’ve been a bit more vague then usual about the plot. Truth is that due to the number of plot-lines in play, none of them are particularly deeply explored. Both of the large plot lines end in fights as expected, and both have some long reaching consequences, but the build-up was not as good as I’ve come to expect from the Dresden Files.
The revelations for the greater plot and the consequences of actions in the book are what will keep you reading. Not the books own plot. It’s perfectly serviceable, and in the moment entertaining, but the beats it hits are a tad predictable. Not bad by any means, but hopefully the next chapter will step it up.
“Oh, what would you like on your vegetarian pizza?” “Dead pigs and cows,” I said. She glanced up at me and wrinkled her nose. “They’re vegetarians,” I said defensively.”
Amazon Link: Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book Six: 6