Book Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

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Title: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

Author: Jim Butcher

Publisher: Orbit Books

Publication Date: May 2011

Synopsis:

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it 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.

Rating: 2/5

Review: Firstly I just want to say I am angry. I am angry with myself and with this book. I had such high hopes, I mean read the synopsis and you can’t deny it sounds like it’s going to be really good but it really wasn’t and it has really pissed me off (yes, I am THAT mad!)

It was just incredibly lacking; Harry was just an awful wizard and it wasn’t until about three quarters of the way through that he started to even resemble a competent wizard. The big “fight” at the end was just crap, it was just a half-arsed attempt, throwing a bit of magic at each other while trying not to be burned alive. Harry was such a drippy character, even aside from his poor attempt at magic, with his constant downer attitude and weak attempt at humour at the end of every chapter, even the ones where something incredibly serious had happened. His relationships weren’t fully formed with anyone; he is friends with Murphy the police officer and they’re just friends, well maybe there’s a bit more, no no actually they are just friends, but are they? ARGHHHHHHHH! This was their entire story and it was ridiculous and frustrating. Harry never became a well rounded character, he was very 2D and there were far too many elements thrown in to even allow him to fully form.

The storyline had such potential but it was completely wasted. The writer decided to add far too many elements in an attempt to create a clever, twisted mystery but it fell flat on its arse. The main plot line, as previously stated, was in fact really good but it was never really given a chance because the writer threw in too many events, for example, the issue with the White Council and having Morgan (another wooden 2D character who was, quite frankly, just pathetic) stalking Harry in a weak excuse to frame him. There was just no substance to this story whatsoever and I’m finding myself getting more and more irate the more I’m writing about it so I am just going to stop.

All in all a huge disappointment for me and, needless to say, I won’t be continuing with this series.

 

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