Storm Front is the first novel in the very popular urban fantasy series “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher. I wanted to check out this series for a while now, mostly because it’s a popular representative of one of my favorite fantasy sub-genres: urban fantasy murder mystery. Now, that the 15th installment of the series is nominated for a Hugo Award in 2015, I feel that I have to start reading the series, otherwise there is no chace for me to make it to book 15 before voting on the Hugo Awards closes. (FYI: I am voting on the Hugos this year.)
I picked up a used copy of Storm Front and I am trying to acquire most of the titles from the series in used condition, mostly to reduce my book expenses. (I’d be very surprised if the whole series was included in the voter’s packet, which is provided to people who vote on the Hugo Awards. That is not going to happen. I will count myself lucky if Skin Game, the Hugo nominated novel, is included.)
From the preceding paragraph the reader should be able to deduce that I liked Storm Front well enough, to want to read the whole series. :-)
Harry Dresden, the protagonist, is a wizard who works as a private investigator, but he also is the police’s external advisor for all cases which might have supernatural links. The novel starts out with Harry being nearly broke (he can’t even pay his rent), a woman asking him to find her husband for him (a recently unemployed guy with an interest in wizardry) and the police calling him in to a murder investigation. A couple has been found dead with their hearts blown out from the inside. There are a lot of stakes for Harry. At first, it’s just his looming bankruptcy, then the White Council – something like a policing board for magic – suspects him of the murders and practicing black magic, while whoever killed the couple seems to want to kill him, too.
This works really well for making the novel an exciting and fun read. The magical system is neat and has a lot of room for cool magical gizmos. So I am now waiting for part two of the series, Fool Moon to arrive in my mail box.