Storm Front

Storm Front

A Novel Of The Dresden Files

Book - 2007
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In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden's investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago...

As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things--and most of them don't play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he's the best at what he does. Technically, he's the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business--to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide 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...

"A great series--fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who's excellent company."-- Cinescape
Publisher: New York : ROC, 2007
ISBN: 9780451457813
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,24 cm


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Book One of the Dresden Files series

The Dresden Files is a long-running, utterly engaging supernatural-noir series. In Storm Front we meet Harry Dresden, a wizard trying to make a living in Chicago by running a private investigations service and occasionally freelancing for the Chicago Police Department.

It's easy to tell this is a first novel, but stick with it. Storm Front starts the tale of Harry Dresden with a fast paced investigation. This is the start of one of the premier urban fantasy settings, and grows through its so far 14 volumes. Each one is self contained and quick, but builds and c... Read More »

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Jan 03, 2018

I like hard boiled detective fiction. Not so much fantasy now. Why not a blend of the two? Far fetched? Of course. Harry has great wizardly power but is far from god-like. He’s a blue-color guy. I also loved the portrayal of how his power manifests itself. How does it work and what are it’s limits? Butcher writes in a way that enables me to suspend disbelief. This is a dangerous world filled with more than sparks. There is blazing fire as well.

CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jun 08, 2017

Meet Harry Dresden, a down-at-the-heels wizard for hire with a good heart that often leads him into trouble in his magical consulting business. This is more complicated because he has a wizardly parole officer who is just waiting for him to mess up. First of a gripping magical noir series.

DBRLCoreyB Mar 16, 2017

I absolutely love this series. I managed to grab a few of the books further in the series without realizing it and so I had to restart at the beginning. Harry is such a witty relatable character especially for being a wizard. I love the mystery involved with each story and that in the end everything was linked was a nice touch.

Jan 13, 2017

It's like my five year old, Betty says about school and most things in life, "It was just medium." It was decent pulp fiction. I usually read whatever books people give me as gifts except my right wing family's choices which included A Purpose Drive Life, The Savage Nation, and America was Nuked on 9/11. I put those books directly in my Little Free Library of choice which happens to be near 39th and Prospect. They are always snatched up right away along with the phenomenal books I put in there, though I have a fantasy that the alt right pieces are immediately sold at a half price bookstore.

Jul 07, 2016

I love these books, the Dresdon file. Mystery and Magic with a whirl wind of another realm. With little glimpes of the fear vistiting this world called the never never might bring. I love the touch on rhe teacher Bob of magic and the creative spells Harry and Bob conjure together. In this book my favorite part was waiting to see how each spell effected Harry and the out come. Great suspense.

Jun 23, 2016

The first two chapters were quite engaging as the world building unfolded. Noir-ish, humorous, urban-fantasy. Then the book took a dip for me and felt far-fetched, dry, and a formulaic. (Not to mention gendered in ways that I generally find annoying. I know it's noir, but... bleh). So then reading began to feel like a I slog.

Towards the end, it started to pick up again. Yes, it was still far-fetched and yes, the character continues to be an unnecessary rogue (I can't help but imagine that he wouldn't be having such a hard time if he would just work with others and/or tell people things. But no, he's got to be aloof/mysterious/one man against the world). And yet, I couldn't help but sort of admire the main characters general belief system around the use of magic. And that made him sort of likeable enough that you hope he pulls through.

So. Normally after finishing a book like this I would say "Well, that's an interesting new world - but I've probably had enough" and wouldn't really return. But in this case, since this was a first book (and the writing itself wasn't horrible) AND since folks that I trust say the series gets better over time, I might stick with it. I'm not jumping to read it right away, but I imagine I'll pick up the second from the library at some point when I need a light, non-challenging, popcorn read.

BostonPL_LauraB Jun 14, 2016

I actually quite enjoyed the first in this series, and that is mostly due to the character of Harry Dresden and just partially due to the plot. I'm usually a bigger reader for plot, so this was interesting. I'll definitely continue the series at some point.

KATIE ESCHER Jun 07, 2016

A snarky wizard private eye?! Sign me up! Jim Butcher does a great job creating a supernatural Chicago that still feels very modern. It's fun to read the relationship between Dresden and other non-supernatural people in his world.

May 14, 2016

I liked this story. It was pretty fast paced and a good introduction to the main character, but finding the villain hinged on a pretty big coincidence.

May 05, 2016

10/7 - This had me snorting and 'ha-ing' in the first chapter, so that's a good start. I was quite surprised (and other emotions I can't quite identify) to learn that Murphy already knows that Harry is a wizard and turns to him for supernatural advice, on purpose. I watched the tv series (and really enjoyed it) years ago and Murphy had no idea there was a 'supernatural' world, let alone that Harry was involved in it and that's what I was expecting when I started reading last night. To have Murphy asking Harry whether the murder they were investigating was magical in nature (in the second chapter) when through the entire series (true, only 12 episodes) Murphy refused to outright believe in magic or the supernatural until it was shoved in her face in the final episode, was a bit weird (teach me to read the book after I see the bastardised show/movie, right?).

12/7 - I was starting to think that the lack of Bob was another difference between the show and the books, thank goodness he finally popped up around page 90. Although he is a little different than the way he was depicted in the show. In the show he was a wizard who was executed and imprisoned in his own skull as punishment for bringing a sorceress he was in love with back from the dead. In the book he's an air spirit who was never human, never had a body. In the show he usually appears as a ghostly apparition played by Terence Mann. In the show he can make the skull's eyes light up and appears as orange smoke when not in the skull. In the show he was previously owned by Harry's uncle, Justin Morningway. In the book he was previously owned by Harry's uncle, Justin DuMorne. I wonder why they changed the last name? Maybe too hard to pronounce? I find it interesting to contemplate the changes from book to show, why they made them and what Butcher thought of them (for example, did he think "Oh, that's better than what I wrote, I wish I'd thought of that."?).

13/7 - Stayed up way too late last night/this morning reading GR and BL posts, and then when I finally got to bed I couldn't resist reading a bit more about Harry. I was already really enjoying reading this book, but last night it went off the charts. I don't know if this was hysteria related to being over-tired or if the passage was simply that funny, but I had some kind of laughing fit at two in the morning. I couldn't help myself and I couldn't stop laughing for a good few minutes, at two in the morning. I was howling with laughter at Murphy's question upon seeing Harry for the first time after he and Susan were attacked by the toad demon thingy. She asks him

"You planning on having King Kong climb your hair?"

I don't know, that doesn't seem that funny now. Slightly humourous, enough to make you snort and smile, but not enough to cause me to sound like seals had invaded my bedroom in the middle of the night. I think maybe I truly was hysterical.

A number of friends have told me that the books only get better after the third one. That news is making me really excited to continue reading the series, because I thought this was pretty damn good, not bloody fantastic (mostly because of some of the prose tending toward purple at the end), but definitely well above average. Can't wait to get to Fool Moon!

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Mar 29, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Umm, talk about the sex scenes but not the graphic detail of a murder? What's wrong with you people?

Nov 10, 2013

Sexual Content: There are sex acts in the book that, while not described in full detail, are still described.

ShoabK Feb 26, 2012

Violence: The action scenes can get graphic but nothing to be squeamish about.


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Mar 15, 2015

I was first introduced to this series via the short-lived television show, circa 2007. I enjoyed Paul Blackthorne's (Arrow) portrayal of Harry Dresden. He had a devil-may-care swagger that made the character of this wizard/investigator intriguing. This is who I thought of as the title character as I read the first book in the popular series by author Jim Butcher. Jim was involved in the production of the series.

I also enjoyed Valerie Cruz as Lt. Connie Murphy, Dresden's sometime friend, sometime employer, full time bad-ass cop. When I read this book though, Connie was now Karrin, although I suppose it's really the other way around. My secretary, Ms. Google, uncovered the tidbit that the television name change was due to a real Chicago police officer having the name of Karyn Murphy. I would have been flattered to have the same name, but maybe the constable wasn't. I can't quite figure that one out, unless Butcher changed her name in the later books. But I doubt that.

If you missed the series, here's a clip. (Those of you reading this on a non-interactive site can access the review, pictures, videos and all at If you haven't read the books and don't want any images in your head, this is your official SPOILER ALERT!

Sadly, apparently I was one of the few viewers that watched the series. It only ran for one season. I guess The White Council were behind the purse strings on that one.

When I stumbled into my local Chapters and saw the first book in the series, Storm Front, I picked up to give it a read. For me it was unmemorable. So much so, that flash forward a few years and I'm in that book store once again and what did I do? I thought about how much I liked the series and bought the book again.

While reading the first chapter I had a faux deja-vu moment when I think I might have read the book before, based on the pizza orgy in the cabin scene. But I'm not sure whether I've got it confused with one of the other supernatural books in a long line of reads. So many pizza orgies, so little time.

But as I am possibly re-reading the book for the second time, I begin to think something has changed, and I think it's my frame of mind. This time the characters, even Bob the skull-head, who wasn't a particular favourite of mine in the TV show, are coming to life on paper better than they did on my first go-around. I liken it to being in a movie theatre when you're just not into the flick for no fault of the movie.

There is a gruesome double murder in the city that the police can explain, so Murphy calls on Dresden to see if he can determine who committed the crime because it doesn't look like the works of mere mortals like the local Mafia boss Johnny Marcone. Dresden is glad to be back on the police payroll as pickings have been slim at his investigation agency, at least until long, cool Monica Sells shows up at his office throwing a wad of cash at him to try to find her missing husband.

Whomever is behind the murders isn't content to let the count stay at two, and before long, Harry's involvement puts him on the hit list. If that doesn't kill him, The White Council, governors of all things supernatural, are standing in line to do the same thing. That is if Murphy doesn't arrest him first. No, it does not look good for Harry.

Obviously, as there are more books in the series, Harry survives. But it's a fun ride to see how he gets out of the mess he's gotten himself into.

I'm giving this three howls, moving onto the second book in the series and hoping for greater things. As it turns out, I HAD partially read the book before. Mr. Butcher gets double royalties on that one. My bad.


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