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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1)

 Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From  The novels of the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun. Storm Front is Jim Butcher's first novel and introduces his most famous and popular character-Harry Dresden, wizard for hire.

For his first case, Harry is called in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with the blackest of magic. At first, the less-than-solvent Harry's eyes light up with dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage. Now, that black mage knows Harry's name. And things are about to get very...interesting.

This is November's bookgroup selection.

I really enjoyed this book.  An urban fantasy - fantasy elements set in the modern world - that I found to be a delightful blend and a fast read.  Not a book with a lot of depth, which is okay by me.  The protagonist hops from one bad mess to the next- which seems to be standard in the few urban fantasy's I've read (Patrica Brigg's Mercede's Thompson series and Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces Series) - and then manages to barely win at the end. 

What I liked was the plot elements: our protagonist is not liked by other Wizards, and in fact, the governing Wizards Council would much rather seem him dead.  Harry doesn't hide that he is a Wizard, another point the governing council doesn't like.  Harry's 'aura' screws up electrical and mechanical things so phones, cars, lights, appliances, computers, etc, tend not to work around him.  And he's fighting dark nasty things that live in dark nasty places, so this isn't some fluff fantasy.  Well, it is, but not glowing fairies and unicorns kinda fantasy.  Toss in a little mystery trope and I was happily engrossed.

I'll be reading the next one.

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