Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Dresden Files Series ~ Book 2
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Published 2001
Mel Read Aug. 2008
From the back cover:
Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden 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. . . .
I liked this second installment in the Dresden series even more than the first one. It’s certainly not a light-hearted story; the situation is bad at the beginning and plummets continually from there. Throughout that downward spiral, Harry gets a chance to take a good look at his inner self — his buried fears and sorrows, his motivations, and the very dark possibilities for him that await only one false step. In one of my favorite parts of the book, Harry has an earnest conversation with his subconscious, which helps him to open his eyes to several truths, and reveals to the reader hints at secrets that will likely be told as Harry’s story continues.
The plot is complex, but in a good way, and not so much that it becomes difficult to keep track of the characters and events. This is far from a simple case of werewolves — if there can be such a thing. The magic involved and the wide range of characters are all covered in sharp detail, helping to bring Harry’s world to life. This is a series I will definitely continue to follow.
Emme: Sounds like it’s better than the first, Mel! Looking forward to grabbing it out of the TBR pile and reading it! =)