Book – Fool Moon
Author – Jim Butcher
Year – 2001
Genre – Fantasy Detective
Series – The Dresden Files
Bought for me by Rob Hyde
One of the new series that I have started reading this year is The Dresden Files featuring wizarding detective Harry Dresden. The first book, Storm Front, which I reviewed last month indroduces him fighting an evil dark wizard. In this second book, he is back and fighting werewolves.
With a set up such as the book has, it would be easy to discard it as a fun, but throwaway novel – stick some magic, and some big hairy man-wolves in there, and the blokes will be sorted – and to a certain extent, no matter how much I enjoyed the first book, that is what I did. This would be a massive mistake however. The twists are fantastic, the tension that is built up is phenomenal, and in only two books Butcher has already introduced upward of a dozen recurring characters that I feel I know a lot about, and have feelings about.
When I had written the blog on the first book, Rob – who bought the first two books for me at Christmas – made a comment that my score of 9/10 was a little high, just because it doesn’t leave enough scope for the later books in the series. On the basis of this second book, he may well have been right.