Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

May 8, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 10 ★★★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: A more awesome wizard you will never meet!


The novels of the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun. Storm Front is Jim Butcher’s first novel and introduces his most famous and popular character-Harry Dresden, wizard for hire.

For his first case, Harry is called in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with the blackest of magic. At first, the less-than-solvent Harry’s eyes light up with dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage. Now, that black mage knows Harry’s name. And things are about to get very…interesting.

Storm Front was an instant favorite for me. Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire but I think of him more like a private investigator. The story starts out just like I imagine those old black and white private eye films would. A man sitting in his office, mumbling over his unpaid bills and talking to the viewer or reader. And of course don’t forget the damsel in distress that comes along help that only he could possibly provide.  Of course he also consults for the police.  His most recent consulting gig with them is for a very grisly double murder, one the only a wizard would be able to do in such a way.  And it just so happens that Harry is the only wizard he knows of in the area that might be able to pull something like that off! This is the best kind of urban fantasy you can hope to find. I have read a lot and no one does urban fantasy better or quite like Jim Butcher!

I absolutely LOVED this narration method of how Harry practically talks to the reader. It made me really feel like I was there with Harry and being included.  Admittedly, this isn’t the first time I have read Storm Front and it will definitely not be the last. This particular time around though I decided to give the audio book a try. It was awesome and I definitely recommend it. The narrator has a great voice for the part.  I especially remember the natural breaths he took between sentences and his flow was so good.  It made following very easy and enjoyable.

I have a fangirl type confession *maniacal laughter*, I have a total crush on for Harry Dresden. He is exactly my kind of dream boat. Tall, unkempt and nerdy. What can I say I have a weakness. It’s like that saying with great power comes great responsibility, I get the feeling Harry believes this because he really does try to help, and if he doesn’t woo else will?

A little of what’s in store for the reader…you will meet all sorts of creatures: a vampire (but not the kind you would typically expect), a mob boss (yeah Iclass gin as a creature haha scarier than the vampire in my opinion), a horny side kick skull, crazed sorcerer with visions of grandeur,a frog-faced demon and even a Toot-Toot (that’s his name, oh I want to Squeezle the cute little bugger!)  With all the cool stuff that is going on in Storm Front it makes an excellent start to this kick ass series!

Tabitha the Pabkins

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10 Responses to “Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher”

  1. The Mighty Buzzard

    The narrator of the audiobooks is James Marsters and, yeah, he’s just as good at it as he was at playing Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh you know I never ended up watching that Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. maybe I’ll check it out but I hear its super long. I do love his voice narration of this book though.

  2. April

    This is totally one of my favorite series – I need to read all the books I’ve missed that have come out since I last read it! Totally glad you loved it 😀

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I do he is so awesome. I wish I had time right now to zip through the whole series again! I’m at least two books behind being caught up on this series.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I know you read a lot of YA? I do too lately – and I love YA – but if you are ever in the mood for some adult fantasy Jim Butcher is DEFINITELY the way to go. He is hands down one of my favorite authors.

  3. Bookworm1858

    My friend recommended this book to me and I had a lot of fun reading it-your review reminds me that I need to move forward with the series!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Its so hard to keep current with all the different fantasy series I follow but this one is certainly worth it. Its also worth re-reading!