Title: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)
Author: Jim Butcher
Length: 372, Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Folded Pages
Harry Dresden — Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.
I read this book like I was sipping a martini, which is to say, in small but delicious doses. For some reason I could do long sprints of reading this book even if I enjoyed it while I was reading it which meant I read it a lot slower than I’m used to. However, I immensely enjoyed it even if it’s very far from my normal reads.
Harry Dresden is a one of a kind character. I love how distinct his personality is (even if said personality is a little bit sexist with a tad of douchebag). He’s kind at heart and hates to kill. Honestly, he’s an extremely well rounded character flaws and all.
I also enjoy the way the the world and the laws of magic are explained. No spoilers but it’s well done exposition that isn’t too long or boring.
The slow build to the climax was excellently put together and written as well and Butcher was able to to tie plot points together in amazing way. The ending left me a little dissatisfied but I know it’s a long ongoing series so I’m not worried. I’ve already bought the second novel and when I start wanting to read fantasy books again it will probably be one of the first I pick up.