Book Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm FrontTitle: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) written by Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group
Page count: 384
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 5/5

Harry Dresden — Wizard

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

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. (Goodreads)

This series was recommended to me by two great friends of mine whose opinion in books, video games,etc. I completely trust and I am convinced they are both infallible when it comes to these things. I have actually had quite a few books in this series sitting in my nook for quite some time but have been pretty intimidated by it because the series is really long which in this case, is probably a really good thing. For some reason I was under the impression that this series was more sci-fi in nature but I was surprised (rather pleasantly) to find that the genre it most closely fits is fantasy with some paranormal goodness thrown in. I also get this sort of western, maverick type feel to the main character, whom I must say I am completely charmed by.

I’m going to dive right in and reveal that I gave this book a 5 out of 5 rating because I simply enjoyed reading it so much. Aside from being interesting, this book is greatly entertaining…and who doesn’t love wizards, especially one that wears a duster jacket and lists himself in the yellow pages. I think one of the things I love about Harry Dresden is how “human” he is, even if he is backed by some really great power and knowledge. He’s just so believable as to what I would think a wizard living in modern society would be like. I’m used to the type of wizards that we are all used to, you know, the Merlin or Gandalf sort. While I absolutely adore those types of wizards, Harry Dresden is nothing short of refreshing…and he’s just so badass.

As for the story goes…I loved it. It has a sort of “Sherlock Holmes” feel to it. The best way I can describe this book/series is a mixture of Sherlock/Western/Urban Fantasy/slightly paranormal type fiction and it totally works. Although I don’t want to give too much away about the plot Dresden basically works as a freelance wizard. He’s set himself up in an office through which he finds work doing “mundane” things like helping people find lost items, etc. but he also works as a consultant for the special investigations unit helping on cases that are “special”. He has sort of a love-hate relationship with the department which is interesting in itself and from what I can tell each book centers around some sort of investigation that he consults on which inevitably has something to do with the magical or paranormal community…so awesome. I must tell you that I cannot wait to continue this series.

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