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"A fast paced, action packed read. Hard to put down."

Here's a review of a book that I *really* enjoyed. All the way through. No nit-picks. Really ;) It's sort of a cross between Laurell K. Hamilton (before she started getting carried away with the gore and sex) and Tanya Huff's Summon the Keeper and her "Blood" series. Although it's not a romance it is a ton of fun and features a really lovable hero. Here's what I wrote up for Amazon: Finally, I've found myself another series to covet that contains some of my favorite things: magic, fairies, vampires, a likable hero and just the right mix of humor, action and gore!

Harry Dresden's like a lot of us. He struggles to pay his rent, his love life bites, he lives with a cat and his wisecracking attitude often lands him trouble. Oh, and he just happens to be a wizard and shares his basement with a talking and meddlesome skull named Bob.

Harry makes his living doing things like helping the general public find their keys and/or lost spouses and also works with the local police department on their "weird" cases. Just when things are looking really bleak money- wise Harry's business starts to pick up in a big way. He's asked to investigate a gruesome double homicide on the same day that he receives a call from a woman willing to him pay big bucks to locate her husband.

During Harry's investigation he calls in help from a cool little fairy named Toot-toot and draws the attention of the White Council - a group who exist to ensure that magic is not misused. Year's earlier Harry disobeyed one of their laws and had the "Doom of Damocles" placed upon him and if he is caught using black magic again, no matter how dire the situation, he will be put to death. And, as if all that weren't nerve-wracking enough, Harry has also ticked off a mob boss and a vampires!

This is a fast paced, action packed read that I didn't just couldn't put down because Harry is such a likable guy. He's a true good guy who you really want to see win. His terrific sense of humor remains intact whether he's facing down a bloodsucking demon or going through one of life's most humiliating (and extremely humorous) dates. Harry's next adventure can't come too soon for me!

Laurie Shallah / June, 2000
Copyright 2000 for PNR Reviews as reviewed for Amazon.com

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2002

SUMMARY

A Novel of the Dresden Files

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 of them 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.

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

Roc
April 1, 2000
Available: April 10, 2000
ISBN #0451457811
EAN #9780451457813
322 pages
Paperback
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