19 Jul 2011
The 56th book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things .... and most of them don't play well with humans.
That's where Harry comes in.
Business has been slow lately for Harry Dresden. Okay, business has been dead. Not undead - just dead. you would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately harry hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work - magical or mundane.
But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses. And the first two don't count.
Magic - It can get a guy killed.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I never used to keep close track of the phases of the moon.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 262): I see some things everyone else tries to pretend aren't there. This vampire craze sweeping the nation. Why the hell shouldn't there be some genuine vampires in it?
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A library book, I shall certainly be buying a copy though.
As good as STORM FRONT, the first book in the Harry Dresden series?
Noooooo ............ it's even better. OK, so the story is way more gory but it's fast paced and exciting from page one. Oh and it contains next to no swearing and only one very short love scene - only a paragraph long and not at all graphic, well done the author.
A great all rounder, with a well written plot the story really flows AND I got to learn a lot about werewolves - I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying there are werewolves in there but they are quite unlike any I have ever encountered before.
However, it is the characters (many of whom we me last time round) that really made this novel for me ..... I always think its a sign of a good author when they manage to get me feeling such compassion for the 'baddie'. A stand alone novel, the 'case' is totally different from Storm Front, I never the less think its worth reading the first instalment to get the most from the books - to see Harry grow and develop, to see his many different sides.
A truly wonderful read, this is fast becoming my favourite 'supernatural' series.