Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

By Jim Butcher

Rating: 3 stars

Harry Dresden is a wizard who lives in Chicago. Unlike all the other wizards, he’s in the Phone Book, under ‘Wizard’. Yes, this gets him crank calls, but also enough real ones, not to mention a retainer with the Chicago PD’s ‘weird crimes’ unit, to (barely) make a living. Now he has to find a missing husband and solve a murder committed with magic while avoiding the wrath of his professional body and the intricacies of the Chicago mob.

This book was slow to grow on me. I nearly gave up a few times within the first few chapters. I wasn’t liking our protagonist, and his cases weren’t grabbing me either. I’m glad I persevered though, as once I got into it, I did enjoy it. Dresden grew on me, as his combination of wannabe tough exterior and compassionate heart got him into scrape after scrape. Mind you, it was obvious that his cases were going to be linked from almost the start, and the identity of the killer wasn’t a huge leap either, but seeing how Dresden put the clues together was fun.

There’s obviously back story there, and it’s sort of nice to see how magic works in this world. Seeds have also been sown for the future, and enemies made who will obviously make Harry’s life miserable in future books. However, although I enjoyed this one, I don’t know when or if I’ll go back to his world.

Book details

ISBN: 9780356500270
Publisher: Orbit
Year of publication: 2000

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