by Rachel Gogan
Last fall a friend of mine starting tell me that she had a “new” series that I really needed to read. And it was about a wizard and that she loved the entire series. I’d never known her to steer me wrong and so I asked for the first book for Christmas. The series is called The Dresden Files written by Jim Butcher.
The first of the series is called Storm Front, and it’s a pretty good book. You can tell that it’s a first book by a new author, but it’s good. A little over the top in places, but overall good. So I picked up the second… and the third… and then I got the fourth one just before a recent trip to Colorado.
The second and third were good too. But the forth book…
Summer Knight is the title. (linked on Amazon since we don’t own it in the library)
It made up for every single time I rolled my eyes at the first three. The fourth book was knock you down awesome! Harry Dresden (our main character) is a practicing wizard in Chicago. If the first thing that comes to mind when you read the word ‘wizard’ is Harry Potter, think again. Harry isn’t a wand waving robe wearing wizard. He carries a staff and sports a black duster, and more cheesy one-liner chapter ending lines than you can shake a stick at. Think Phillip Marlowe with serious supernatural twists.
In the forth book Harry has to handle a very angry White Council (a kind of wizard governing body), a figure from his tragic past (and is it ever tragic and overdramatic in a wonderful way), and no one less than The Queen of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, Queen Mab herself.
I won’t tell you a lot more than that, because I don’t want to give anything more away. And from what my friend says… the books only get better and better from here!
I’ve got the fifth book on its way via the Virtual Catalog, and I can’t WAIT until it arrives!