Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: January 9th, 2001
Fool Moon leaps in only a few months after the last book and keeps the magic rolling. Jim Butcher returns with our favorite disgruntled magician who feels like things are looking up. He has a “girlfriend” in reporter Susan. And there is no death threat looming over his head from the White Council. That is until mysterious deaths start to arise and people are being eaten by what seem like large wolfs… Werewolves.
If you enjoyed the first Dresden novel, then this one is no different. Harry has to solve a murder, then he gets beat up a few times, and then he uses magic (and/or his skills as a detective) to apprehend the criminal behind it all. Seeing that this is only the 2nd book, if you were reading on from the first hoping for it to change, you will be sadly disappointed. It is another murder mystery that does move the overall series arch a little but not much. There are 15 books in the series so most likely book to book, there won’t be many new discoveries until further down the line.
That being said, this is still a fun book to read. The learning about werewolves does get drawn out into obvious exposition, but how else are you gonna learn these things? There is a lot of info to get down so that the reader isn’t confused, and Butcher does it well enough that it can keep you engaged at the same time. The magic is fun and learning about all the new magic and creatures is exciting as well.
The best improvement was that the bad guy was better this time. Without spoilers, he wasn’t some random loser in the back round. He was a genuine threat that Dresden had to truly bleed and fight some inner demons to overcome. Not the best bad guy, but we also know he isn’t the main bad guy, For a one-off villain, he was enjoyable.
I was engaged in every moment with this book and each one I read is another step to Butcher being one of my favorite authors. The magic was fun, the fights and all the mystery that was included kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see who Dresden’s Moriarty will be. And next book gets me even more excited as we dive into Vampires!
One of the things that I liked the best about this book was the fact that there are multiple types of werewolves. Instead of pinning down one set of rules for werewolves, Butcher makes more work for himself and creates 4 different sets of rules of each different type of werewolf and actually pulls it off pretty well so it doesn’t get too confusing. That could in part be due to the amount of time spent on exposition but still a feat worth commenting on.
I did feel like this book was slower than Storm Front. I am not sure exactly what made it feel that way because by there was stuff happening pretty much from the get-go but for me it did drag a little bit. Not enough to stop reading by any means! I am still a huge fan of Butcher’s and will give him the benefit of the doubt and continue to read his work to the end.
2 down, 13 to go!