Publication: April 1st 2000 by Roc
Series: The Dresden Files #1
Genre: Fantasy | Crime | Supernatural
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
The Dresden Files series is one I’ve been wanting to read for several years (after watching the short-lived television series) and I finally picked up book one from the library. While murder mysteries aren’t my usual literary fare, the fantasy element of this series was irresistible.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
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.
I really liked this book. It didn’t wow me, but it was enjoyable.
The story and plot were a bit predictable at times, but the character Harry Dresden keeps it fresh. Living inside his head is entertaining, to say the least. The writing is good and I got a sense of setting and time without being bonked on the head with superfluous descriptions. The fantasy elements were a blend of new and old which kept boredom at bay.
While I did like Storm Front and adored Harry Dresden, I’m not sure I’ll move on to the next book in the series. That decision will come after I reflect on this one a bit more.