Storm Front by Jim Butcher

March 9, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★

Jim Butcher is a martial arts expert and writer living in Missouri. He is well known for writing The Dresden Files, a detective series featuring a wizard P.I. Storm Front is the first book in this series.

   Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the ‘everyday’ is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

    Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, the look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it sucks.

    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 start getting interesting. Magic – it can get get a guy killed.

This sounds great right? A wizard, a murder mystery and magic. I am sad to say I was severely disappointed by this book after anticipating it for so long. This is mainly due to my intense dislike of the protagonist, Harry, who also narrates the story. He is a chauvinistic pig and proud of it, and while I realise that all that is part of the character, I just couldn’t handle it. I had to keep putting the book down and just breathing to reign in my frustration.

Aside from Harry, the plot of the book was enjoyable. I did figure out who the murderer is early on, but I feel it was meant to be obvious to the reader. It is a fast paced book that has a lot of potential because the premise is so intriguing.  The story is delivered by Harry, so I had an issue with it: we only ever get his opinions and descriptions of people and events, and I find Harry’s views objectionable. I enjoyed Harry’s snarkiness initially but found it annoying later on.

I know that this series has a large fan base, and that there are many people who enjoy reading these books. It wasn’t for me, and I won’t be continuing with the series, but if it sounds like you may like the books then I encourage you to pick it up.

About the book:

  • Date published:05 May 2011
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Paperback, 336 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9780356500270 ISBN 10: 0356500276
  • Categories: Fantasy
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository

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