Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

June 9, 2016 Review 4

Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim ButcherStorm Front by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files
Published by Roc on April 2000
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 355
Length: 8 hours and 1 minute
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Lots of references to sex
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

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 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.

So I was coming off a long string of amazing Sci-Fi books that I'd been looking forward to for a long time, and I ran into the problem that I'm guessing almost all readers run into every once in awhile... After reading so many great books in a row I didn't know what to read next. I spent a couple days not reading anything at all, because I just didn't know what to pick up to follow so many awesome reads. However, I couldn't last long without reading something so I decided to go back and reread an old classic, STORM FRONT.

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is the series that got me started on Urban Fantasy. That means that they will always have a special place in my heart, so I really struggled with rating STORM FRONT. STORM FRONT was Jim Butcher's first published book, so it isn't perfect by a long shot. His writing has improved so much since then. But can I really not rate a book 5 bats if I've listened to it four or five times? There are very few books that I'll relisten too that often, and all of those books are in my top five favorite series. In the end though, I decided to give it 4 bats, because I know it isn't perfect.

It was awesome to get back into Harry Dresden's head. I hadn't picked up a Dresden Files book since SKIN GAME came out over two years ago, and I have definitely missed them. Jim Butcher manages to pack so much humor into STORM FRONT while still making it clear that Harry is in life and death situations. But for me the best part of the Dresden Files are the characters. Jim Butcher creates such awesome and lovable characters. I really enjoyed going back to the beginning to see just how much those characters have grown and changed over the fifteen books in this series. The final thing I'll say about STORM FRONT is that as I was listening to it this time around I realized that Jim Butcher never used a single info dump. He always managed to smoothly fit in every detail he wanted the reader to have without resorting to info dumping.

If you haven't given the Dresden Files and STORM FRONT a try yet, I highly recommend it, or if you just weren't all that impressed with the writing of STORM FRONT when you first read it, go ahead and dive into the FULL MOON or GRAVE PERIL, Jim Butcher's writing does improve by a lot, I promise.

Notes on the Audiobook: If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy TV shows you should recognize the name of the Dresden Files narrator... James Marsters. Yep, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel is Harry Dresden! James does an AMAZING job! His voice fits the series perfectly.

Series Titles:
  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  14. Cold Days - 5/5
  15. Skin Game - 4/5
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  • If you're looking for another great Urban Fantasy with a male lead try Hounded by Kevin Hearne

4 Responses to “Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher”

  1. Sabrina R.

    Love love love these books, my friend got me hooked on them. For his birthday I got him a personally signed copy of his favorite of the series from Jim Butcher!

  2. SMCK

    These are really good, although if you are going back for rereads or are a new reader the omnibus versions are the way to rather than the individual novels. Saves a bit of cash and having the first few books together really highlights the strengths and progression.

    Also worth reading the graphic novels which are excellent and start with Storm Front.

    • James Dalley

      I just started reading the graphic novel. I wanted to read it right after reading the novel to see how much is left out, so I’ll get a review of it up when I finish.

      • SMCK

        I’m sure you will enjoy it, the artwork is brilliant. Although like the books the later iterations are somewhat better, although that may just be my own perspective of enjoying more new Dresden. Most of the new ones are set in the periods between the books and really fill out some of the aspects of that the books skip past quite quickly most of the time.