Storm Front by Jim Butcher
(The Dresden Files, Book 1)

78%

17 Critic Reviews

Magic is a wild, weird, quirky thing, and it has a unique feel to it in Dresden’s world (I’ve seen other authors who’ve tried to copy that feel, usually without great success). It’s hard not to love a wizard who ends up running around in sweatpants and cowboy boots due to several calamities...
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Synopsis

For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, 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.
 

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A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by Roc. 332 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Storm Front
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Christina Durner on Feb 13 2012

Storm Front is a phenomenal novel. Combining humor, horror, fantasy, and magic this book really gives readers the most bang for their buck. Jim Butcher's well written tale has something for everyone.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Brian Triplett on Mar 31 2011

The mystery plot is mostly an excuse to become immersed in Harry’s world and enjoy how Butcher uses elements from folklore. Storm Front is a nearly perfect distillation of a lot of different things fantasy fans will love.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Rajan Khanna on Nov 05 2012

Additionally, it helps to remember that the novel is told from Harry’s point of view, and he’s an admitted chauvinist. I’d be interested to hear what others thought of this in particular. Storm Front is not perfect, but it’s a good start to one of my favorite fiction series.

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SF Site

Above average
Reviewed by Victoria Strauss on Jun 17 2014

Storm Front's premise is pretty slim: a sorcerer-gumshoe in a world just like ours except that magic is real and vampires, trolls, faeries, and other paranormal beings exist side by side with humans, Buffy-style. But Butcher makes it work...

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SFFWorld.com

Good
on Oct 01 2005

I�ve enjoyed this one very much � and much more than the last time I read Hamilton, Harrison or Armstrong, though I liked them all. I think this one�s going to be my recommendation for Halloween this year.

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The Ranting Dragon

Excellent
Reviewed by Cameron on Nov 14 2012

I cannot heap enough praise on this novel. If you are looking for a witty and refreshing take on the urban fantasy genre, you need not look further than Storm Front.

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Pure Textuality

Good
on Dec 12 2014

All in all I found Storm Front tremendously entertaining, remarkably well-written, and original in content. It has wizards, vampires, demons, humor aplenty, nonstop turmoil, and puzzling events. Harry is an appealing protagonist

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Fantasy Faction

Above average
Reviewed by Overlord Marc Aplin on Jul 19 2011

So begins Harry’s adventure. Exploding hearts, missing husbands, gangsters and far more along the way (talking skulls, faeries, demons, vampires to name but a few). It all moves at a fairly rapid pace and, as you would expect, everything ties together quite nicely.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
Reviewed by Jennie Ivins on Mar 29 2011

If you like your fantasy epic with fantastic landscapes and great battles then try out the Codex Alera series. If you like an urban, gritty fantasy with intrigue and mysterious goings-on, then definitely try out Strom Front and The Dresden Files.

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Errant Dreams Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Sep 18 2014

Magic is a wild, weird, quirky thing, and it has a unique feel to it in Dresden’s world (I’ve seen other authors who’ve tried to copy that feel, usually without great success). It’s hard not to love a wizard who ends up running around in sweatpants and cowboy boots due to several calamities...

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Above average
Reviewed by Jessica on Aug 13 2014

Harry Dresden is a realistically likable character who I have a suspicion will turn out to be quite formidable, and Butcher lays a promising foundation with this first installment.

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Reviewed by Victoria Strauss on Oct 02 2014

Storm Front's premise is pretty slim: a sorcerer-gumshoe in a world just like ours except that magic is real...But Butcher makes it work, through a combination of interesting characters, tight plotting, and fresh, breezy writing. This is definitely not deep reading, but it is a whole lot of fun.

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Good
Reviewed by Patrick on Apr 18 2011

Another fast-paced urban fantasy offering, in Summer Knight we see evidence of a bigger, more ambitious overall story arc which promises a lot more to come.

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Info Barrel

Good
Reviewed by Virulent_messiah on Aug 06 2010

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The action was fast paced, but not so much that you could not follow it. The character of Harry Dresden was a lot of fun.

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Above average
Reviewed by Patrick on Jul 01 2010

Once again a fast-paced urban fantasy plot, Grave Peril has more surprising twists and turns than the more linear first two volumes. Especially the fate of one of the main protagonists at the end, which sort of shocked me, for I never saw it coming. I'm glad to discover that it won't always be a case of all's well that ends well. . .

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Oct 03 2010

The book's not Pulitzer Prize material in terms of writing, but it's darn entertaining. Dresden and Murphy have great chemistry, so dancing around that aspect will be a constant thing in future books, which I'm actually happy about. The supernatural characters Dresden encounters are entertaining in their own right...

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Mel's Random Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Mel on May 08 2012

Butcher’s take on vampires is scary and different with Madam Bianca coming across as a frightening vamp – in more than one way! The action is swift and exciting, while the magic system is interesting – with plenty more left to explore.

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