The House has several wings and several stories and a couple of faux-castle turrets. Harry Dresden thinks that it could double as the HQ of a James Bond villian. It was bigger than a parking garage and covered with turrets, cornices and gargoyles. Dresden calls it a "neo-Medieval castle. The house interior had a wealthy spendor: hardwood floors, custom carve woodworking, statues, fountains, suits of armor, original painting (even a Van Gough), stained glass windows. Household staff all wore uniforms. One wing had been converted into corporate office space where Lara Raith had her office and Justine worked as her assistant. Lara's office was styled with dark hardwood and was a functional working office.
The House was bordered by a well-manicured old-world forest with rolling hills and shapely trees covered in ivy. There were scattered small lit pools shrouded in mist. It stretched half a mile in the front of the estate. Harry Dresden dubs it "Little Sherwood". The forest prevents the estate from being visible from any of the roadways. It was abut a half-mile run before one can get clear from the trees; the grounds themselves were enourmous, and Dresden thought he could not get away quickly or easily.
Lara's changes since Dresden's previous visit: the eight-foot stone wall was topped with razor wire and lighting and cameras were spaced along the rim pointed toward the exterior. Lord Raith disdained for modern security, while Lara made serious upgrades after listening to her mortal staff.
The estate is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in a wealthy lakeside development north of Chicago, where the countryside has a variety of terrains, in a series of big expensive properties where it used to be flat farmland.
The first time Harry Dresden went to the Deeps, there is a raised dais ready for an intended ritual sacrifice, with Thomas Raith tied to it. There is a deep abyss and a lot of mist behind a carved throne for Lord Raith.
The second time Dresden went to the Deeps, the path through the woods was red carpeted. Thrall offerings of fae and humans for the vampires to indulge in, either caged or tied to posts, lined the the way to the entrance to the cavern. The entrance was polished smooth, wide, wel-lit tunnel. The cave was like a Cathedral. It had carved throne for the White King. The lush frnishings were arranged for the three courts at the conclave and there was luxuroious soft lighting.
Anastasia Luccio thinks there may be mines implanted in the walls of the entry hall.
In the series
In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden first visit to Chateau Raith was with Lara, Thomas and Inari Raith in the Blue Beetle escaping an attack by Black Court vampires sent by Mavra. Both Thomas and Inari are badly wounded. Lara extends the rights of hospitality to Dresden.
The book's main events are:
- Lord Raith sends Inari to Dresden's room for her first feeding which is intended to kill Dresden and turn her into a White Court vampire.
- Thomas Raith makes a big revelation about his connection to Dresden.
- Thomas is captured by his father, Lord Raith, in order to be sacrificed in an entropy curse to kill both of Margaret LeFay's sons to free him from her death curse.
Harry Dresden and Carlos Ramirez attend a White Court conclave with the intention of challenging Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora to a double duel with the accusation of breaking the accords by killing women practitioners. After the duel, Vittorio releases Ice-Age-looking ghouls and battle breaks out. House Raith and Dresden's team band together to fight the monsters and to escape.
Harry Dresden and Anastasia Luccio investigate the White Court's involvement in several murder attempts on Dresden and Donald Morgan's frame-up. While there, there is an attack by the Naagloshii who claims to have Thomas Raith and wants to trade him for Morgan. Many are killed and injured. Dresden seeks out Luccio so that they can leave. Justine is there badly injured. She lets slip a bit too much information about Thomas in front of Luccio, who catches on that Thomas has a deeper connection to Dresden.
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