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

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Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it 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

My Review

My Rating: 3/5

SPOILER FREE

I tried to read this book last year and I had to put it down after a few chapters. I’ve never liked urban fantasy. All those classic mystery books bored the hell out of me. And Harry Dresden was a bit of a dick who said and thought a lot of thing about women that made me wince.

Over the past year I have heard that later on in the series, the world gets far deeper and more interesting. That in itself was enough to get me to at least finish the first book, considering how short it is!

I actually quite enjoyed this book! The plot itself began brilliantly – we are introduced to three separate issues almost immediately, and from there we watch as Harry Dresden tries to figure them all out. The plot was engrossing and made the book difficult to put down – I suppose it goes with the genre, but there was always something at the end of a chapter that made me want to start on the next one!

Harry Dresden himself is a bit of a dick. Everyone knows that. He’s also witty and deeply cares about doing the right thing. A main character who has flaws he needs to iron out, or flaws that make his character more realistic, is an interesting character. I wouldn’t have him any other way.

The only reason I only rated this book 3 stars is because it’s a solid book, but not a great book. I don’t think it’s trying to pretend that it is. I have heard from other reviewers that future books become great, but the first few are introductions to the character, to the magic, to the world.

This leads me on to my only criticism of this book: setting. We are told it is Chicago. That’s all I know. I never felt fully engrossed in the place itself, as it is never mentioned really. I put that down to the author focusing on introducing Harry Dresden and making the plot as exciting as possible. Perhaps we will get more of the setting in future books, and then look back on Storm Front as a bit of a prologue for what’s to come.  


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