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Dec

22

Review: Grave Peril

By pcurd

Grave Peril
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been using this book as a go-to audio book for long drives so my “read” has been spread over maybe a year. This is also my second go through so I do have memories of the later stories and how characters turn out after more development.

Butcher sidelines a main character for most of this story to allow some new ones to be introduced, and it feels like lazy writing. Later on he gets better about changing the dynamics but right now I think the story was complex enough to have allowed a better approach. Still, the characters enlarged (and introduced) are good, different (from each other and from existing), and interesting. I don’t think the dialogue that, for me, marks the series is fully developed here – one more book and Butcher’s skill begins to shine through.

Harry faces one of his many Superman moments (having his powers disabled), which is a common theme in all modern supernatural books, through this story and instead of being boring it shows his fallible, human side. Perhaps overplayed but never out of place, his ignorance of the wider magical universe is well handled – Bob remains an important source of world building and exposition without being an overwhelming info dump.

Overall, not a bad story but I fear too many ideas are jostling for time without there being any real clarity on what Butcher wants you to focus on.

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