by Jim Butcher
Book Two of the Dresden Files continues the creepy, funny, and increasingly sexy adventures of Chicagos only wizard private detective, Harry Dresden. When dead bodies start turning up, seemingly mauled by a wolf-like creature, Dresden digs into werewolf lore. But even after figuring out what kinds of werewolves exist, the clues dont add up. Soon Dresden is confronted by various kinds of werewolves and lycanthropes, ranging from a gang of shape-changing young do-gooders, to a bad-doing gang of bloodthirsty lunatics, all the way to deadly monsters touched by another world. By the time he has worked out who is really behind the murders, Dresden himself becomes a suspect, and he and his friends are lured into a trap from which there may be no escape.
The series that started with Storm Front continues to thrill and amuse by merging hardboiled-detective fiction set in a very real and recognizable present-day Chicago, with a magical fantasy world of wizards, vampires, faeries, and werewolves. City cops, FBI agents, and mobsters rub shoulders with otherworldly creatures, from a wise-cracking skull to a man who becomes an unstoppable killing machine when the full moon rises. And, would you believe, worse.
Concerned parents, please note that I am issuing both an adult content and an occult content advisory for this book. The mature material isnt clinically detailed, but Dresdens spell-casting may be more of a problem because it involves summoning (sometimes fairies, sometimes demons) and conversations with a spirit imprisoned in a skull. I enjoyed the book, but it may not be for everyone, so I leave it to your judgment.
Recommended Age: 16+
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