Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Penguin ROC
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Page Count: 355
Synopsis: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.
Well, this is one of those books that I loved but also had some problems that hindered some of my enjoyment.
In this book, the world-building seemed a little bit underwhelming. We learn some things such as the Fae world, but everything seemed well a little bit given. We’re given hints about the world such as the menacing White Council and some potion making, but other than that, everything was kind of just there.
The plot wasn’t anything special really. It was quite predictable, and knew everything before even Dresden did. Though, the magical realism was pretty cool near the end. Also, the weird creatures that made an appearance, trying to kill Dresden was also fascinating…though more elaborate plot/world-building is needed. But again. it’s only book 1 out of 16 OF THE ENTIRE SERIES.
I’ve heard a lot of things about Harry Dresden, some people like him, and some people absolutely hate him. I fall into the adoration side. He’s witty in a playful way and makes the reader want to discover more about his past. Another great thing about him is that he has some insecurities, which I actually didn’t expect. I thought Dresden was going to be haughty but he ended up, in my opinion being the opposite. One example being is that he openly admits he’s not the best ladies man. Although I question that sometimes, it’s nice to know that a character can admit their flaws…no matter how juvenile that may be. Though I will say that Dresden is a little bit overly nice, but in his head he throws the ultimate shade.
Harry, being a socially awkward wizard with no intense history with the opposite sex was interesting. However, there were many woman in the book who kind of almost thrown themselves at Harry, making it cliche and became an annoyance. I hope that doesn’t become a pattern in future books, or at least I can get used to it.
The other characters seem meh to me. Murphy (The head investigations of Chicago P.D) and Susan (a zesty reporter who’s trying to capture the attentions of our wizard in order to get her story) has potential. Also, Bob the talking Skull seems like a peculiar character I can grow to love. Though, I heard that readers will begin to LOVE the other characters/side in book 4 or 5. Hopefully that happens.
The writing had a nice flow to it. It was neither simple or complex, and sort of had this realness into it. It’s hard to explain, but you’ll just have read it yourself…
I can tell this series has so much potential. Unfortunately, when I bought a whole stack of the Dresden Files books in the thrift store, it didn’t come with the 2nd book…wow.
I’m actually determine to catch up in the series and I want to see how these characters develop. I’m excited to see how Butcher builds the UF world, and hopefully see something I’ve never seem before.