Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Published: April 2000
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 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 listened to this on audiobook as suggested by my boyfriend. He said that this was an absolute amazing series to listen to and that the narrator just brought Dresden to life. Mind you, I started geeking out when I found out the narrator was none other than James Marsters who is Spike from Buffy. So we were already off to a good start with this book.
I have to say it was a bit intimidating to dive into and it was a first person POV for the book, which wasn’t a complaint but something I didn’t expect for a book like this. I enjoyed Harry as a character, he was pretty funny, a bit sassy and innovated at times. The world wasn’t too bad, your general gritty Chicago areas. And a not so bad start to what I hear is an epic series.
I most definitely didn’t expect the bad person to be who they were which was AWESOME because I usually figure things like that out ASAP and in this book that didn’t happen which made me even more pleased. Some of this book seemed like it was just babble and filler for what was really going on but most of it was a page turner and I enjoyed that (ok well for me I’d get to my destinations and just sit in my car listening not wanting to stop). I can’t wait to keep going with the series.