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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher: In this third installment of The Dresden Files, Harry is up against vampires and ghosts and demons and nagging friends. This time around he is joined by Michael, whose magic powers come from his unshakable Christian faith and amazing sword. This book requires some amount of knowledge about the series, as several of the baddies are from the prior books: the head vampire lady, Harry’s fairy godmother, etc. The plotting here was a bit thinner and more scatterbrained, but I am hoping it’s the beginning of a larger story that will stretch into future books. I got a little tired of Harry being beaten up and then rallying over and over again, as well as his lengthy bouts of introspection, but I liked the story and characters enough that I’ll stick with the series for at least a few more books. I’ve heard it gets better as things go on, so hopefully this was just a bump in the road.

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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher: This is the second book in The Dresden Files, but I read the first one so long ago that I can safely say that you can enjoy this one just fine on its own. Here, our favorite wizard-for-hire is dealing with being on just about everybody’s bad side: the mafia, the FBI, the local cops, and multiple varieties of werewolf. The plot is exciting and funny, often at the same time, without losing the realistic touch that yes, people do really get hurt when magic and magical creatures get out of hand. I especially liked the different types of werewolf all existing in the same world: that’s something I haven’t encountered before. Dresden’s commentary is always enjoyable, but all the characters are three-dimensional. All in all a very fun read.

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher: Urban fantasy is so chock full of paranormal detectives it’s practically a cliche. But just because the premise has been done before doesn’t mean the story has to be predictable. I admit that I wasn’t too impressed with Harry Dresden at first; he too closely resembled the ideal geeky males strive for – mysterious, chivalrous, attractive, powerful, dangerous, even wearing a black duster! – that I worried I was dealing with a Gary Stu. Luckily, it didn’t take long for Harry to show his true colors and to win my affection. I loved the nonstop action, bizarre (and yet thoroughly consistent) magic system, and Harry’s sarcastic commentary. I almost wish I hadn’t read this because there are more than a dozen books in the series so far and my to-be-read pile is already threatening avalanche. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for a fun ride.

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