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Dresden files gets better & better.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
I'm a big Harry Dresden fan, but the first book took me a while after seeing so many recommendations from friends. I wasn't used to reading books where magic isn't clearly defined, and that the hero literally gets the snot kicked out of him (like extremely beaten). Having now read all the books in the series up to this date, I can say that the Dresden files are very refreshing.
I do dislike the poorly defined magic system, but it's nice that usually the epic saving moment isn't because Dresden finds some new magic reserve, or some new undefined magic object that fell into his lap.
My FAVORITE parts of this series is how typically to solve the current issue, Harry digs himself a little deeper in with a different wrong crowd. He has a very twisted sense of morality and things he would and wouldn't do, and he's not afraid to deal with the devil if he keeps himself free of another faction or two. And as part of that, each book builds on that last promise of power (with strings of course). Also, Butcher isn't afraid to seriously and permanently damage his characters, which is very nice and refreshing. No one is safe, everyone is getting scars, and people die. As much as its fantasy, it keeps it real in that no matter what happens in life, people do get hurt and those pains have consequences.
Amazing book series, even if it takes 1-2 books to really get into what Butcher is doing with his characters. I promise its worth it. The last 3 books are WAY better than the first in my opinion, but you absolutely need all the backstory and character building/events you witness first hand in the early books.
Oh and don't forget the dinosaur. Oh yeah, it's bada......