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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Storm Front

Updated: Jul 14, 2021


Rating - ⭐⭐1/2


"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 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."


 

Storm Front is the first installment in the urban fantasy Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.


It took me two seperate tries to get through this. At first, I picked it up on audiobook because it was narrated by James Marsters. Unfortunately, I found that his narration was rather breathy which bothered me. So, I returned the audiobook and picked up the ebook instead. Even still, I didn't have the greatest time reading this.


The concept by itself works for me because I like the idea of an urban fantasy investigation series, but my issue for now lies with Dresden himself. I thought that he would be this badass investigator, but he's kind of...not.


Dresden is just much more idiotic and flustered than I thought the wizard PI would be. He kind of just bumbles his way through things and it always goes wrong. Also wasn't a fan of his lust for women or the fact that he made a love potion. If he wasn't in danger I feel like he probably would have slept with Susan while she was under the influence of the potion, and that's a no no from me because consent is a thing.


I will continue the series and hope that Dresden goes through some good character development.

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