For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name.
April 1, 2000  |  332 pages
(Read from Nov 6, 2016 to Nov 8, 2016)
Grade: D    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
Writing Quality:
Low High
Low High

Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
The good parts: The story has potential, a good start with the characters, and decent world building that I expect will get better in later books, but the writing style and language was simple and very choppy, like it was written by someone very new to writing. The magic is used as more of a crutch than an asset, where Dresden is fighting battles without his most powerful weapons, and finally lack of personalized female characters, who are mainly there to draw attention to their sexuality.  (+2 votes)