Tag: urban fantasy

KokkieH Reviews Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Cover illustration by Chris McGrath
Publisher: http://www.orbitbooks.net

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble — and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone — or something — is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc.

But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself… – Book description on cover

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KokkieH Reviews Storm Front and Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

I just read the first two Dresden Files novels back to back and thought I’d try a joint review on them.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Cover artist not credited in book
Publisher: Penguin Books

Storm Front introduces us to Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.  Dresden is a professional wizard who lives in Chicago.  He is also a private detective and consults with the Special Investigations Unit of the Chicago Police Department on more unusual cases. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Storm Front and Fool Moon by Jim Butcher”

KokkieH Reviews Side Jobs – Stories From The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I’ve been wanting to read Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files for a while now but have been unable to get hold of Storm Front, the first book in the series.  I’m not willing to start a series anywhere else as at the first book, but I decided to compromise when I spotted Side Jobs, a collection of short stories from the Dresden universe.

Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Cover illustration by Chris McGrath
Publisher: http://www.orbitbooks.net

For those of you who have never heard of Harry Dresden (philistines!), he is a wizard.  He is also a private investigator.  And he lives in modern-day Chicago.  So, we have a wizard/PI in Chicago (who is also a bit of a chauvinist), chasing down vampires, ghouls, faeries, and the like.  He also catches regular bad guys, so he supplements his magic spells with a revolver.  He has a talking skull called Bob.  He has a giant dog called Mouse.  He has a half-brother who’s a…no, that might be a spoiler. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Side Jobs – Stories From The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher”

KokkieH Reviews Running With The Demon by Terry Brooks

Running With The Demon by Terry Brooks is an urban fantasy/fantasy thriller and the first novel in his Word and Void trilogy.  It is the ninth novel set in his Shannara universe, though chronologically it is the first, the events in it taking place more than two thousand years before The Sword of Shannara which was his first novel.

Running with the Demon - Terry Brooks
Cover illustration: Brom
Publisher: http://www.orbitbooks.co.uk

The novel, which takes place over the Fourth of July weekend, tells the story of Nest Freemark, a fourteen-year-old girl being raised by her grandparents in the fictional town of Hopewell, Illinois (there really is such a place as Hopewell, IL., but this Hopewell is actually based on the city of Sterling, IL., Brooks’s hometown).  Nest has a secret:  she has the gift of magic.  Along with the sylvan, Pick, and her mysterious protector, Wraith, she has to help maintain the balance between good and evil in Sinnissippi Park, one of the places on Earth where magic still resides. Read the rest of the review here. No spoilers. I promise.