The Dresden Files is one of the series that I have owned the longest without being read. When I got back into reading, I knew that this would be one of those series that I would probably like, so I started to buy used copies whenever I saw them. I now own the entire series but it isn’t until now that I have started. I was always worried that I might not like it, even though I own the entire series, and after reading/hearing reviews about how Harry Dresden is a bit chauvinistic, I had a few worries. I am glad that I ended up enjoying Storm Front, a book that is considered one of the weakest in the series, and that this will be a series that I’ll enjoy for a long time.
The Dresden Files are your classic detective noir books with urban fantasy elements. If you ever read a Raymond Chandler or a Dashiell Hammett book, you’ll understand what type of vibe Butcher is going for. Those old hard-boiled detective books are very male centered themselves and that is why I thought that Harry’s own run in with women didn’t bother me that much. Sure, he focuses on their appearances too much at times, but it is very much within his character. I am a big believer that a character’s actions has no connection with who an author is and it bothers me when people associate Harry with Butcher’s personality because it isn’t fair to the author.
I found the idea of wizards and magic to be really well done in this book because I really enjoy the idea that wizards are not special, they are just more prepared than other people. This theme of Harry out thinking his opponent’s, plays out through the entire book and I just really enjoyed it. I’m a sucker for a main character that out smarts people. I also really loved a lot of the characters around Harry. My favorite was probably the special investigations agent Karrin. She played off Harry really well and was a decently written female character. The mystery was good and even though others have said they figured it out easily, I definitely did not figure out all the nuances.
The narration by James Marsters is spot on in this book and really isn’t over-hyped. I listened to the first half of this book on audiobook and the second half I read. Both experiences were enjoyable for me. If you are looking for more of a male centered urban fantasy series and enjoy the vibe of noir mystery books, I think you will enjoy this series. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.
16/25 Possible Score
3 – Plot
4 – Characters
3 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect