Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures
The Dresden Files #1
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
April 1, 2000
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.
Storm Front is book one in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
I had my first taste of Harry and The Dresden Files series, when I read a novella in an anthology. My interest got piqued and I’m finally picking up the books.
I enjoyed learning about Harry and having the story in his POV. Having a wizard and male protagonists was unique. It’s not common in Urban Fantasy and this was my first taste of this. The murder mystery was fascinating and became a catch twenty-two for Harry. The magic and world building shows promise, but I felt a little lost at times and some areas needed more explaining and development.
We get some secondary characters like Murphy the detective and Susan the reporter. I liked Murphy, but didn’t like Susan.
This story is fresh and unique even with it being an older series. That’s saying something about the series and world. I’m glad I’m finally trying this one out and I’m look forward to the next adventure with Harry.
Rated: 4 Stars
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