Dresden Files: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Amazon Synopsis: Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Business has been slow lately for Harry Dresden. Okay, business has been dead. Not undead - just dead. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work - magical or mundane. But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses. And the first two don't count . . .
Magic - it can get a guy killed.  

 It  took me quite a while to get through this book in between school since it is 300+ pages so this review has been long in the making.

This case revolves around, if you hadn't already guessed it, werewolves.Butcher has created an in-depth world revolving around another species of creature.For this reason I would have rather read this book in maybe 2 or 3 sittings instead of a bunch of little ones as well as reading it straight after the first book. Butcher has written this one assuming you have read, and understood the rules established, in Storm Front. This is quite bad for readers who break up their series compared to those who marathon it as you often forget some of the more intricate details of the supernatural world in these books. For this reason, you really need to pay attention whilst reading it. Unfortunately, I read mostly at night so I was not the most awake when reading some of the book. It did tell later on when there were references to other plot points that I didn't digest fully.

Plotwise this book has mastered a chain of events. In chapters there are things that happen and when these points become major plot twists later on it causes a really on edge and exciting reading experience. Like the idiot I am though, I watched the TV series before reading the books so I found it easier to guess what happened (even though the TV series was not the most accurate to the books).

One thing that remains the same is Butcher's creation of an epic protagonist. Harry Dresden is still as sassy and sarcastic as he ever was which makes reading his monologue a really enjoyable experience.  The humour is not just with Dresden though, each character has their own quirks which makes them laugh out loud funny. One thing I did not understand, but still found funny, was Tera's lack of knowledge about basic modern technology. She doesn't know what a security camera is... where has she been living? I mean, come on!

There is also alot of fast paced action, which the main character seems to have no idea how to get out of. Dresden attracts all kinds of trouble without really knowing how so his reactions to situations are a bit amateurish at the best of times. This just makes the character realistic and likeable to the audience.

There is some forshadowing of future plot lines involving Harry's dark past. His soul is mentioned more in Fool Moon, which intrigues me as to where the plot is going. Demons know things about Harry's past that Harry himself does not know so I will continue to read the books to find out.

Butcher has suceeded once again in creating a complex and interesting narrative with a flawed yet humane character that you cannot help but like.

Rating: 3.7/5


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