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forget the SKY 0NE series- give the original novels a go instead
Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
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Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
Advantages: think Harry Bosch or Elvis Cole with magical abilities and you won't go far wrong
Disadvantages: A bit slower than the previous novel STORM FRONT but still a very engaging, thrilling read
If you have perhaps caught the television show on SKY ONE based on this new series of novels about Private Eye-turned-wizard Harry Dresden, then you might be a little put off in reading the original novels. This would be a mistake as these are both much more unique and entertaining than the T.V series would have you believe. In fact the show comes over like a very bad episode of Angel or Buffy with none of the charateristics that make the novels such fun.
Harry Dresden is Chicago's only practising wizard who occasionally works in connection with a special branch of the Chicago P.D that deals exclusively with abnormal murder scenes. Following events in the previous novel, STORM FRONT, Harry has currently fallen out of favour with his police colleagues and is being heavily linked with a seedy, organised crime boss who has his fingers in plenty of pies throughout the city. Business is slow, bills urgently need paying when along comes a series of highly gruesome deaths that strongly suggest the presence of a werewolf in Chicago; maybe even more than one....
As one of the few people with knowledge of all things supernatural, Harry is brought in to lend his expertise and soon finds himself becoming more and more involved as events begin to spiral out of control. Before the end of the novel, friendships will be tested almost to breaking point, old acquaintances will be lost and Harry will find his magical abilities tested to the limit....with blood and gore galore, this is certainly no Harry Potter fantasy...
This is proving to be a highy refreshing and entertaining series from a very talented up-and-coming writer. Comparable to Kelley Armstrong in style, Jim Butcher still manages to take a cliched, oft-repeated genre and install it with new blood and life. Certainly this puts the T.V series of the same name to shame and Harry Dresden's character is both believable and credible as he attempts to deal with situations about as far from the ordinary as you can get.
I also enjoy the way that much of Dresden's back-story is still a mystery to the reader with plenty of subtle hints and revelations being dropped with each successive novel in the series. This is a very neat hook and a great way to keep the reader interested in following this story arc to it's conclusion. Certainly this series is much better than the similar veined Anita Blake novels by Llaurell.K.Hamilton which, in bit's latest incarnations, has resorted to portraying it's lead character as some kind of nymphomaniac slut who cannot keep her knickers on and cavorts with vampires and werewolves at every opportunity. With a recent abundance of this kind of novel (in my local Waterstones I recently counted at least four series' all of a similar theme) this is certainly one of the best on the market.
My only complaint is that perhaps this novel is not quite as gripping as Dresden's debut and the four different categorisations of werewolves featured here can make this novel, at times, a little confusing but overall, even at its weakest, this novel still beats others of it's type on the market hands down every time so far. Plus the novels themselves are relatively short enabling you to read them in only a few sittings!!
Overall, if you like all things supernatural and are looking for something dark and gloomy with occasional glimpses of very subtle humour then you would do worse than pick up one of this series. The story-arc developing suggests that you would do better to read them in order but both of the first books I have read can just as easily be read as stand-alone novels too.
Available in paperback from Amazon and all good booksellers....
Summary: Chicago's only wizard has to mend some bridges with the local P.D as he tackles with mystic forces