Monday, April 21, 2008

Storm Front - Jim Butcher


Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 341
Number in Series : #1 Dresden Files
Reason for Reading : What's in a Name Challenge, TBR 08 Challenge, First in a Series Challenge, been meaning to read these for ages and I love the television series

"Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other Entertainment."

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard for hire in the Chicago phone book. He sometimes works as a consultant in the stranger cases for Lieutenant Karrin Murphy on the Chicago Police Department. At the start of the first book in the Dresden Files series, Dresden is called in to investigate the murders of Tommy Tomm (bodyguard to local crime boss Gentleman Johnny Marcone) and escort Jennifer Stanton who works for vampire Mistress Bianca. Mid-coitus they both had their hearts ripped out by black magic and Harry is called in to try to discover who and why is behind it. In the background there is also a new drug surfacing called Thirdeye which has the reputation of opening the useres third eye to the mysteries and magic in the universe which only magical practitioners can see.

On his own private case he is contacted by a woman named Monica who wants him to help track down her missing husband who has been dabbling in magic. She knows enough to not look him in the eyes when she visits him offices for an appointment to go over the details. Harry is able to soul gaze if eye contact is made seeing inside the person who also gets a view into his soul. He has had a dark past and before now people have fainted upon glimpsing inside his soul. The dark past has led to the Doom being placed over him by the White Council. He is under investigation by Warden Morgan who appears whenever Harry casts a spell with his magical sword of Damocles ready to behead him if he has gone near black magic.

A fantastic start to the series. Great characters with convincing personalities, unseen plot twists and turns, scary vampires that depart from the usual sexy personification, Bob who is Dresden's spirit helper anchored to a scull, a giant "pet" cat named Mister, fairies, a fantastic magical pub and scary black magicians. I can't wait to read the next in the series, Fool Moon.

9 comments:

Nicola said...

I tried to read this last month. I was so looking forward to it. Everybody seems to like them so much.

I couldn't finish it! I just couldn't stand Harry and found it dull. Maybe I was in the wrong mood when I read it... I don't know.

Debi said...

I keep hearing of this series, but really had no clue what they were about...so thank you! Sounds fabulous! Not that I needed more to add to the old wish list, but...

Nymeth said...

I so need to start reading this series. It sounds just like my kind of book.

Melody said...

I need to start reading this series soon!!! I've three of the books to this series in my pile, and I need to get the others as well! My pile is now growing out of control!

Susan said...

Yaay! A book I've already read! And I loved it so much I bought a copy for my eldest son, as we were watching the first season on Space tv here in Canada. Sadly, the show was cancelled, but the books go on! OF course, I have yet to read any more in the series, I have to order them as the stores are only carrying #6 and 7, the latest ones. Great review, and it's such a good book/series. And scary in places too, I found. I love Bob also.

Kim L said...

Hey this sounds like a really interesting book! I love the premise. we'll see... maybe I can squeeze it in!

bigorangemichael said...

The series only gets better. This is just a taste of what's to come. I've read five of the first six and will probably have the rest read sooner rather than later.

Trish said...

I haven't heard of this one but it sounds good. And the cover looks perfectly creep also.

Literary Feline said...

The Dresden Files is one of my favorite book series. I've only just begun watching the show, however, seeing only the second episode last night.