Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
(The Dresden Files #1)
4 out of 5 stars

Published by Penguin Group US

I really liked this book. It being a first book in a very long series, there were a lot of characters to learn to know, but the main characters voice was very distinct, and I loved him immediately.

Harry the wizard for hire takes on a case of a woman, searching for her husband. He expects that he's just having an affair, but he'll look into it anyway. However, this case is not as simple as it looks on first glance. When his help is also needed by the police in a suspicious investigation, Harry might be in over his head.

This might even be the first UF book I've read with a manly main character, and I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Harry is pretty much the ultimate geek that is attracted to about every woman he sees, I still liked him because deep down, he's quite kick-ass.

The world Mr Butcher sketches here is highly entertaining and interesting. He has a slightly different take on vampires and other supernaturals, that make me curious for the next books in the series.

Storm Front is action-packed with a fast moving plot, and a great introduction into this series.

Blurb

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 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.

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4 comments:

Silver Thistle said...

I reviewed this a little while ago and even though almost everything about the book got under my skin, I really liked it too. Makes no sense and I can't put my finger on it but even though lots of it bugged me...I still came away from reading it thinking it was a good book. Haven't tried out the next one yet, but it's on my TBR :)

Celine said...

@ Silver Thistle; I actually had the same problem. When I think about little details, I remember how I am annoyed with Harry for his strange conception of females at times, how I found certain things repetitive or too predictable. Yet still I enjoyed reading it. Maybe someone put a spell on this book, hehe.

Hope you will enjoy Fool Moon too then (:

Jennifer | Book Den said...

I really need to start reading this series. I think I would like it, too. Your comments are interesting! LOL. It's funny when a book can kind of drive you nuts, but you enjoy it anyway.

Celine said...

@ Jennifer; Storm Front is definitely one of those books! I'm reading the second part in this series now, Fool Moon, and it's pretty good. I would certainly recommend them to fans of urban fantasy.

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