Plot: "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." (Goodreads)
Harry: Wizard, dundering idiot nothing more than pure entertainment! Harry is rather flat in this first book, and has not gotten any envious qualities or outstanding differences from your average detective character... This novel isn't something that is built on characters, atlas in book one it is all about action.
Bob: Spirit, Snarky, cool! He helps Harry in finding information from the supernatural world that he is involved in. Spells are his forte, he enhances this book dramatically for me even though he is only briefly seen.
Reasons to read the Series:
- Bucket list item
- New to Jim Butcher
The writing style is clunky and un-organized, however it being his first ever book it has promise for the series and his writing career as a whole. The series in general seems to be written in an episodic way where each book has the characteristic conflict and resolution in the same novel, however i am hoping this will change as i do prefer a large plot line. I am currently in Book 3 and i can say that this is moving along in style he has matured and come into his own, so do not let the writing of this book ruin the series for you.