With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.
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I read Stormfront after having finished the Iron Druid Chronicles about the 2000 year old druid.
And I liked that book better I must admit.
The thing with Storm Front is that it's not bad as such, it's actually quite a good premise and has interesting characters. It's just that it doesn't follow through on the "wizard sleuth" idea. There's mention in passing of all things magical and strange, but things never get truly strange or truly magical. At least it didn't feel that way to me.
While I'm not reviewing the Iron Druid Chronicles, I would invite potential readers to try both the first volume of the Dresden Files as well as the first volume of the Iron Druid Chronicles and see which strikes their fancy.
For me, Storm Front tried too hard to fit magic into normalcy, making it (and the story and characters) less interesting.
Yes, I'd recommend it but the quality of the production was a bit disappointing. I think the story and series has promise but I'm hoping the next book has a bit of a better level of production value included.
I like the characters that he's building and can absolutely see where this would be a good mix of supernatural and detective works but so far it feels a little forced. I'm hoping that it improves and will give it another try.
I really like Marsters as an actor so I was hoping that would translate here. I think he was directed to really sound bored and down trodden given the character so I can't fault him there. The real issue is that with all the movement and breathing and page turning it became super distracting.
It has one. We shall see.
Yes, I like the characters and the other-worldliness of the story. The magical universe that is hidden from most humans is a fascinating place of itself.
Harry Dresden, conflicted lead character, wizard and detective.
His reading is quirky and first person, like a story being told to you one-to-one.
Fast moving paranormal story with riveting action.
Thanks to narrator Marsters, all of the characters came to life.
When Harry describes his magic and how he makes it work, it's a fascinating description. And of course, the final battle.
I didn't want to leave my car! I wanted to continue to listen.
I will listen to anything James Marsters' reads. Phone book, cookbook, textbook. Whatever--I'm there. Brilliant!
It was a bit gruesome, and certainly melodramatic; alhtough this is the first in the series, it takes a long time to get the general feel for the world that drives the story--the premise is that there are currently supernatural powers and that there are councils that regulate the practice of magic and our protagonist works somewhat unsuccessfully as a private dectective in the margins between the normal and magical world; I bought this because there was a brief television series that I liked and thought the author had moved into interesting territory. However, it was hard to like any character but the protagonist and that made the rest of the plot irrelevant.
Don't think so
I had resisted reading these books because I had seen the TV series (and despite Paul Blackthorne's obvious charms, the series was a huge disappointment). Initially, I thought that the books wouldn't do much for me. I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, normally, and I also don't normally go in for serialized fiction. A friend insisted that I'd like them so -- I dove into book one.
It helped that I'm a big James Marsters' fan. You'll see this noted in a lot of other reviews, and we're all correct: Marsters gets Harry Dresden exactly right. His reading is engaging and the performance is nicely modulated. I also appreciate his talent for voices and accents (which is sometimes cringeworthy in other readers). Granted, I think that Marsters may have rushed through the reading, as there are frequent, weird mispronunciations -- but I'm able to let these go and just enjoy the story.
The first book was really quite a fun lark for me, and I thought the story and the characters were both interesting and compelling. I'm now on the 6th book in the series, so I think you can safely say I'm hooked.
I first discovered Harry Dresden on TV - now that I've heard the book, I must say they did a decent job, but the TV show can't compare to James Marsters' narration of Harry Dresden nail-biters. I love the thought of "things" living right along side us, that we can't see, (It would also explain a LOT of unsolved mysteries) and that there is a special department of law enforcement which deals with these "things" when they break the rules. Butcher's characters, even the nasty ones, are nicely drawn, right down to Harry's sometimes stupid ways of thinking. If you like dark urban fantasy, you'll love Harry Dresden.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great narration, and the plot has unexpected twists that keep you riveted. The characters are full of personality. Give it a read.
Would not listen to it again just because I rarely listen books a 2nd time.
I liked the combination of wizardry and police investigation. I also liked the narration - sounded like real talking, instead of just reading.
I enjoyed the wizard in real life storyline.
I love how Butcher tells a story and conveys the characters emotions through his wisecracks and smart ass comments
the way the legends of the Old World have been merged with the modern era.
the scene in which Harry visits Bianca the vampire to discuss any reason why someone would one of her escorts, which leads to Bianca nearly killing Harry
A Storm Front is on the Horizon, prepare your Wards
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