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

Storm Front Book Cover Storm Front
The Dresden Files #1
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
April 1, 2000


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 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. 


Storm Front is book one in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

I had my first taste of Harry and The Dresden Files series, when I read a novella in an anthology. My interest got piqued and I’m finally picking up the books.

I enjoyed learning about Harry and having the story in his POV. Having a wizard and male protagonists was unique. It’s not common in Urban Fantasy and this was my first taste of this. The murder mystery was fascinating and became a catch twenty-two for Harry. The magic and world building shows promise, but I felt a little lost at times and some areas needed more explaining and development.

We get some secondary characters like Murphy the detective and Susan the reporter. I liked Murphy, but didn’t like Susan.

This story is fresh and unique even with it being an older series. That’s saying something about the series and world. I’m glad I’m finally trying this one out and I’m look forward to the next adventure with Harry.

Rated: 4 Stars

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

I’m really glad you started this series. It is so much fun and only gets better. I had someone make a snide remark to me when I commented about the Iron Druid series had a male MC that doesn’t exist much in UF. They said there was a ton of them. I think I read like four (Dresden Files, Heartstrikers, Iron Druid and Fred, the Vampire Accountant). Great review. I hope you keep enjoying this series as much as I have.

Tammy V.
Tammy V.

This is on my keeper shelf. I even have Backup which is hard to find. Love the humor in it and the action is never ending. Rereading this series never gets old either.

Heather B

I love this series so much. I used to listen to the whole thing at least once a year before it got as big as it is. It’s still a comfort listen for me, though. I usually turn to them when I’m in an audio slump. I’m glad you enjoyed your first taste of Harry Dresden. That didn’t sound right. You know what I mean, though. 🙂
Tanya, it’s definitely an adult series, though there’s not really anything that would be inappropriate for teens, especially older ones.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I’ve got this on my TBR. Is it adult or YA? I’ve seen a lot of families letting their children read this series so I wasn’t sure. It would definitely be different to have a male protagonist. We dont’ get a lot of that in the genre.