Storm Front (Dresden Files, #1)

by Jim Butcher

3.96 of 5 stars 28 ratings • 11 reviews • 47 shelved
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Storm Front (Dresden Files, #1)

by Jim Butcher

3.96 of 5 stars 28 ratings • 11 reviews • 47 shelved
In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…

As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.

So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide 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...

“A great series—fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who’s excellent company.”—Cinescape
  • ISBN10 0451457811
  • ISBN13 9780451457813
  • Publish Date 25 May 2000 (first published 1 April 2000)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 10 October 2009
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Format Paperback (US Tall Rack)
  • Pages 322
  • Language English


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You know, there's a lot to Storm Front that I've seen before. There's a paranormal investigator. His personal case SHOCKINGLY runs into the case he's working on for the police. He's a grumpy wizard. There are so many naked people in this book.

But, I don't know. I sort of feel like I need to apologize because despite the tropes and the predictability and story-I've-read-before feeling... I liked this book anyway? There's a lot of quirks to it, and Harry sort of reminds me of this guy I work with, and come on guys everyone is trash for some cliches, right? I get to like this book even though I don't feel like it's super original because the magic system is cool, and Bob is funny, and Harry killed a demon in a thunderstorm in his birthday suit, and surprisingly the main character had no sex (and come on, this is a paranormal investigator story - how often does that happen?!).

The fight scenes here are great - really well paced with a good balance of magic and physicality. The magic system itself is interesting and well-explained. The female characters are stupid flat, but that's pretty common in this subgenre (unless the main character is female... sometimes that works out). The narrator of the audiobook sounds like a dad being forced to read to someone before bed, forever sighing, so that wasn't my favorite but somehow it works with Harry's grumpy wit.

I liked it. I'm not saying it's for everybody, but it was fun and a quick read, so if you're on the fence, check it out.

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I feel like the last urban fantasy fan standing to have finally begun this series, but I am also delighted to have so many books lined up and waiting for me.

Five Reasons to Grab Storm Front

  • Harry Dresden is a cat-loving wizard for hire. He isn't overly confident, is vulnerable like a human and tends to risk helping people even to his own detriment. He takes odd cases but most of his bills are paid assisting the Chicago Police Department as a consultant.

  • While Storm Front is far from perfect, Butcher sets the world up, introducing the White Council (they oversee Wizards)  and Harry himself. I love the potential I see here and understand why this character and world are fan favorites.

  • Harry has two cases. The first is for a missing husband, a job he normally doesn't take but he's persuaded. The second case involves a double murder that is dark and sadistic. The Police have called him in to assist and things get intense when it looks like the deeds were performed by a wizard.

  • The supernatural realm, magic, and creatures are very cool! Giant creepy crawlers, circles, golems and more can be found within.

  • The book is laced with humor and I found myself laughing aloud. It offset the gore, suspense, and struggles our hero faced.

  • Harry is complex, flawed, quick to anger and talks to himself and his cat named Mister. I adored the man. He isn't polished, doesn't date often and has an authenticity about him. The fact that he acts like an old dime store novel PI was delightful.

  • James Marsters is the perfect voice for the gruff wizard

This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

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charlton 4 of 5 stars
I knew for a long time I wanted to start this series.My nephew loaned me this book and I really enjoyed it.
Jim Butcher is very good with his character creation of Harry Dresden,P.I.and Wizard.
Dresden is really casual and seems to stand up to most anybody,but he is fallible.
He does have a sense of humor,although it is a dry one.
I know I'm going to keep reading the series.

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pamela 4 of 5 stars
I'm not sure this book was even very good, but my god was it fun to read! it was certainly a page turner, even though I'm not sure any of the characters were particularly likeable. I can just tell the series is going to get better though, and I'm already anticipating the journey. Well played Jim Butcher, well played.

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Melanie 4 of 5 stars
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

3.5 stars for story
3.5 stars for narration
3.5 stars overall

Title: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)
Author: Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp.
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes
Publication: 6/10/09
Genre: UF
Heat Level: Warm

I read this book many years ago, but never picked up any other books from the series. I have no idea why. I enjoyed this book. I have heard so many great things about the series and even the narrator, so I decided that I should give it a try on audio. I did go back to listen to book one because it had been so long, I knew I would never remember what was going on the series.

Harry Dresden is a wizard. He is even listed as one in the phone book. He helps his clients with magical problems. He is a consultant for the Chicago PD. Things get a little hairy when Harry has to help investigate magical murders where he could be one of the prime suspects.

Dresden has to help protect the public from some pretty weird magic. He has to do some things he isn't happy about. He loses the trust of one his few friends. He has the governing council of wizards after him. Things don't look good for him.

Overall, I enjoyed this story, though it didn't set my world on fire. I'm definitely intrigued and want to see more of what is going to happen to Harry Dresden. Is he able to heal some of the relationships that he damaged in this book? What other crazy cases does he end up working. I love police with magical twist, so I think this has a lot of potential. I have already requested book two from my library, there is a waiting list for it.

You might recognize the name, James Marsters. He is also known as Spike from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. His narration was different than what I am used to, but it worked for this series. He had a bit of a guy next door voice for Dresden and there was some breathing and sighing that would normally annoy me, but seemed like something Harry Dresden would do, so it fit. I would like to see Marsters do a better job with women's voices, but there are not a lot of women in this series, so far, so it wasn't too bad.

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I have been told on several occasions to try this series. And, I'm extremely happy that I've given it a chance. The first novel, Storm Front, was spectacular. I thought it had a well blended mixture of the supernatural and mystery. The idea of a PI Wizard is awesome to me, and I can't wait to read the next novel in this series, Fool Moon.

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CrowNoYami 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this take on magic. It is completely believable in OUR world, which for me is needed for a good magic series. People have called it Harry Potter for adults, but is it SO unique. I would recommend this to ANY of my Sci-Fi friends to read. Wonderful Job!

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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a great character, he is care-free, witty, hard-boiled and he is a wizard. Storm Front is the first book in the Dresden Files series mixes magic and fantasy elements with my favourite genre; Hard-Boiled. Dresden is hired by the police as a consultant trying to figure out who is using magic to kill people in Chicago. Like most hard-boiled novels, there are a few twists and turns, the femme fatal and even a gangster to challenge the wizards morels. While I don’t seem to enjoy many fantasy novels, I really loved the combination of fantasy and hard-boiled to create a new type of genre; I believe it’s probably called Magic-Noir. These crossover have huge potential and with the classic hard-boiled recipe, Jim Butcher is on a winning formula (considering there is 14 books in the series so far). I’m looking forward to what will happen next, Dresden has great potential and I hope Butcher doesn’t let me down.

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SilverThistle 3 of 5 stars
Well now, I very nearly didn't read this. After the first two or three chapters I started to pick holes in it all and wasn't really 'into' it very much and thought I should maybe quit while I was ahead.... Laziness was the decider in the end and I stuck with it because it was either that or traipse downstairs to get a replacement from the bookshelf....

Anyway, it got a bit better after those first few chapters. Or at least I think it got better, I'm not altogether sure if it did actually. Maybe it was just more of the same and I got used to the style. That's the thing with this book, I'm not sure what to make of it or what to think.

Harry Dresden is a wizard. But a crappy one. Or is he? I don't think he's meant to seem crappy but that's how he comes across to me.

He's got a gumshoe/Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade thing going on but he's also got wizardy powers and you'd think that would be a huge advantage to him, but no, he doesn't know what he's doing half the time or even HOW to do it (and if sometimes he does know - he's too scared to do it).

If you took out the wizard stuff then this is just a detective story. Without magic he's just Columbo (minus the razor sharp mind). He even has a ratty duster coat that he eats, rests and plays in.

It's a book about a down on his luck Private Eye who is useless with women (although women seem to go for him, for some reason) and he's got special paranormal powers. That's it in a nutshell really.

So, why then do I like it? I have no clue. I honestly don't know - I just do. I wouldn't recommend it to others, I won't stay up 3 nights running to devour the rest in the series and I don't even particularly like Harry Dresden as a character. Doesn't make any sense but it is what it is.

I want to read the next few, and I will, but I'm not desperate for them. And if he would just stop defining women by how much make up they wear and what clothes they wear, he and I will get along a lot better in later books.