Sometime around the middle of last month I spent my entire book budget for March. Yes, I have a budget. If I didn’t… We’d be broke. Because I spent it all, I either a)needed to find a free book or b)start re-reading some of the ones I have! I browsed the free books on Amazon for (what felt like) forever, and (eventually) gave up on option A. Despondent, I started looking through my Kindle Archived Items and found (again) Storm Front, by Jim Butcher!
I could go on and on about the million reasons I LOVE this series… but we’d be here forever, and my attention span won’t let me write that many words! So… I’m splitting it up. Sorta.
Starting with “overly simplified plot summaries” and a quote for each of the first 7 books.
People murdered by having their hearts ripped out. The drug Third Eye gives regular people the Sight. Third Eye created by creepy bad guy to get rid of Marcone. Dresden gets rid of creepy bad guy, and is saved by Morgan.
“HARRY DRESDEN—WIZARD Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment”
Wolves. All sorts of Wolves. Gore Galore!
Harry refuses to give a pretty woman information that he considers dangerous. One of Marcone’s henchmen turns up dead, surrounded by wolfish prints. FBI comes in to investigate. Murphy arrests a dangerous man, who wrecks havoc in SI, and escapes. Murphy arrests Dresden who escapes. Dresden, Murphy, and the Alpha’s go to Marcone’s estate to save him from aforementioned escaped bad guy, who isn’t the only bad guy there.
“So there I was being strangled by a ranting, half-naked madman in the middle of the woods, with a she-werewolf dangling from a rope snare somewhere nearby.”
Michael and Harry fight tortured ghosts. The Nightmare is torturing them, and gets a hold of a retired police officer, and Murphy. The Nightmare gets Charity. Then he gets Harry, who needed to be saved by his Fairy Godmother, so he could save Charity. Harry & Michael go to a Vampire party, find Susan (his girlfriend), who shouldn’t have been there. Harry barely escapes (leaving Susan behind). There’s a rescue mission to save Susan (but she’s changed). They destroy the Nightmare, escape, and start a war with the Red Court.
“So really, it was just as well that Godmother had caught up to me, in spite of my best efforts to avoid her. I’d hate to find out that the universe really wasn’t conspiring against me. It would jerk the rug out from under my persecution complex.”
Harry’s former lover Elaine comes back. She’s working for the Summer Fae. The Winter Queen owns Harry’s debt. Someone kills the Summer Knight which causes a shift in the balance of power between Summer & Winter Fae (in favor of Winter). There’s a missing half Fae girl. Harry gets taken prisoner of the Summer Lady & the winter Knight. Toot Toot and his fellows help save the day.
“I stretched out my hand, adrenaline and pain giving me plenty of fuel for the magic, and called, ‘Ventas servitas!’ Wind leapt out in a sudden spurt, seizing the Unraveling and tearing it from Aurora’s fingers, sending it spinning through the air toward me. I caught it, stuck my tongue out at Aurora, yelled, ‘Meep, meep!’ and ran like hell.”
Susan comes back. Harry is challenged to a duel with a Red Court Vampire to end the war. A person has contracted every disease known to man, and died from it (duh!). Harry is contracted to find the Shroud of Turin. The Knights want him to stop. Their job is to stop the Denarians (30 demons who possess people by using silver coins), who also want to Shroud, so does Marcone. Harry gets captured & tortured. He gets away (with help). The Duel goes sorta badly. The Denarians want to release a plague at the airport. They don’t. Some interesting and sad stuff happens. The world is saved. without thinking Harry picks up one of the Denarian’s coins.
“Thus do I strike a blow for anarchy whenever the mood takes me.”
Harry saves a litter of Tibetan temple puppies, and accidentally keeps one (Mouse!). He accepts a job working on a porn set. The movie producer is cursed. There’s a Black Court attack, and Harry is forced to flee with some White Court vampires. One of which is his half-brother (Thomas). They have the same mom. Harry figures out the pattern of the curse, and tricks one of the white court vampires into defeating it. Harry & friends wipe out a Black Court nest. His hand is severely damaged.
“An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo.”
Marva will set Murphy up unless Harry finds The Word Of Kemmler for her. Kemmler is a dead, but formerly VERY powerful necromancer. His bad ass appretences are trying to raise the Darkhallow on Halloween, and Harry needs to stop it. Harry meets Sheila, and developes a crush on her. The necromancers are raising zombies and calling ghosts. Harry gets deputized as a Warden. Sheila isn’t who Harry thinks she is. Harry gets captured and tortured by a Denarian. He gets saved by Butters & Mouse. He rides Sue the T-Rex to stop the Darkhallow!
“When you do something stupid and die, it’s pathetic. When you do something stupid and survive it, then you get to call it impressive or heroic.”
I gave all these books 4 out of 5 stars… and will “review” the series after I finish re-reading them…