Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘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.
Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it 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.
This is the first book in the Dresden files series. I did a buddy read of this with the fab Holly Evans!
I was really excited to read this book. I’d heard it highly praised through the bookish community, and, more so because they were by people who loved books that I loved.
The writing is excellent. It’s in first person which is typical of the genre and it, thankfully, doesn’t head hop. The imagery is simple and well written, not bogging you down in details or info dumping.
I found the plot a little weak. It seems as if the ‘rules’ of the supernatural have been made up as it has been written. I didn’t get enough of the supernatural side of the story. It seemed to be in the background.
The foreshadowing of events was pretty weak and I never had any, AH, that’s why that happened moments. I didn’t really get a chance to hypothesize who did it. It was very simplistic, so simplistic, that I was surprised by the reveal because I’d dismissed it for being too obvious.
It seems as if things are too neatly wrapped up at the end, forced, not leaving enough to have you salivating for the next book.
I loved nearly ALL the characters except one…which happened to be our main character Harry Dresden. I believe this is just a matter of taste. The kind of character he is niggles at me and I found myself irritated by him.
And as for the other characters, I was really disappointed. They’d be introduced and I’d be all excited about them and then we either, didn’t see them again at all or much and their roles were incredibly minor. I’m sure some will have roles in future books, but it didn’t sit right in this book.
My first reaction after finishing it was disappointment. After hearing so much praise, I think my expectations were high and I was expecting something a little different.
Despite my many issues with this book, the writing is very well done and I enjoyed it enough that I’ll be trying the next book. This book will only have been worth reading if the next one is good. On its own, it wasn’t.
Was it worth the read? No
Would I re-read? No
Would I read this author again? Yes
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