This week, I’m daring you to read the first book in the Dresden Files, Storm Front, published in April 2000. The Dresden Files is one of the most consistently excellent urban fantasy series out there, which says a lot considering that we’re thirteen books in now and Jim Butcher has plans for many more. It’s also one of the first (if not the first) urban fantasy series with a male protagonist. (Feel free to correct me in the comments!)
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.
Six reasons you should read Storm Front:
1. Harry Dresden is six kinds of awesome. At the very least. He is a wizard with a wicked dry sense of humour, a penchant for ending up in danger, and a pile of power.
2. Karrin Murphy, the policewoman he consults for, is even more awesome than that. (She kicks butt without supernatural powers.)
3. Set in an alternate Chicago where magic is real, Storm Front has a rich and beautifully described world.
4. Harry’s flatmates include a cat named Mister and a skull inhabited by Bob, an exceptionally snarky spirit.
5. Harry feeds pizza to the local faeries, whom he uses to gather information. They call him the “Za-Lord” (the “Pizza Lord”).
6. Fans of the short-lived TV show will find the book series even more addictive.
Come on, have we steered you wrong yet? ;)
You can read the first two chapters here.
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