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Book Review: Fool Moon

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Harry Dresden — Wizard

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

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…”

Title: Fool Moon

Series: The Dresden Files #2

Author: Jim Butcher

Page Count: 401

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: 4/5.0

Date Read: February 24th, 2024

I finally found myself returning to the Dresden Files series. I started reading this series years ago before I was as deep into reading as I am these days. I don’t think I ever progressed passed book two or three at that time and I certainly don’t remember much at all from it even if I did. So when I began reading this series again back in 2022, I knew this would be a series I could fall back on and enjoy when I needed a read to either fill an open slot on the TBR or if I just needed a break from more epic reads.
I thought I’d return to the series sooner than this but in February 2024 I finally got around to book two Fool Moon. I have no idea why I read this title as “Full Moon” dozens of times before the true title finally sunk in.  My plans for this series were spot on though. This was just a quick easy read just to level set my reading mentality on what has been a couple of very busy reading months.
The pacing is on the faster side of things which I believe is part of the draw for me on the Dresden Files. I opted for the audiobook narrated perfectly once again by James Marsters who in my mind is Harry Dresden at this point.
The world building picks up where we left off with book one. It’s easy to picture this world in modern times with the added twist that magic is far more prevalent. Just like the world within this story, even if magic was real there would be far more of us to be skeptic about this than true believers. One aspect that I hope continues with each book in the series is just brining more mythological and magical creatures to life in a modern world. For example in Fool Moon, I was enlightened on how many different types of werewolves there are. I’d heard of a couple of this but never really thought of them in comparison just assuming they were one in the same but told from different perspectives. It was interesting to see how these different types interact with each other and the rest of the world differently.
The character development is kind of unique with the series. I think we see some subtle changes or growth with Harry from book one to book two but I think we can expect the overall arc will probably be over several books when we look back at things. I will say most of the growth we see in Fool Moon involves Harry’s relationships with other characters. Whether that is trying to mend some bridged or realizing the importance of some perhaps after it’s too late. I think we see more drastic changes in some of the smaller arcs of supporting characters in book two. There are a lot of characters to familiarize yourself with and they aren’t all as they initially seem.
This series will continue to be my reading comfort food type of books and I foresee getting a couple more under my belt by end of this year yet.
If you’re looking for a modern urban fantasy with a heaping portion of magical elements mixed in while Harry tries to crack the case, then I feel this book and probably this series would be a good fit for you.

World Building 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Character Development 4/5

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