Monday, October 31, 2011

Storm Front Review

Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Private Investigator, Wizards, Demons, Vampires

Storm Front is the very first book written by Jim Butcher. The book introduce us to Harry Dresden, A wizard and a private investigator who deals with cases relating to the paranormal (vampires, werewolves, the fae, spirits, demons etc.). He is also a consultant for the Special Investigations divisions of the Chicago Police Department headed by Karrin Murphy which is task to keep paranormal cases under wraps to avoid public knowledge.

The story is about a case of a couple that was murdered using magic. The woman was later learned that she was works for a Red Court vampire named Bianca while the man was later reveal to be working for a guy name "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, a well known kingpin in Chicago's criminal underworld. Meanwhile another woman hires Dresden to find her missing husband who was experimenting with magic and has gone missing for several weeks now. The two cases where later learned to be inter related as the missing husband was warlock responsible for the couples deaths.

Storm Front was also the first time we get to know Bob the skull, who was technically an intellectual air spirit who considered the skull to be his sanctum. There is always a comical moment everytime Harry consults Bob for anything related tomagic or the paranormal. We also get to know Susan Rodriguez, a persistent local reporter for a paranormal publication called "the Arcaine" which later becomes Harry's love interest.

Overall, Storm Front is a great introduction to the Dresden Files series despite a not impressive action scenes.
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