Who wrote this book and when?
Jim Butcher published this in 2001.
Cover art by Lee MacLeod

Has there been a film version?
No. And the television series didn’t cover this plot yet.

Who are the important characters?
Harry Dresden – wizard for hire
Michael Carpenter – a Knight of the Cross, a truly good man who wields one of the three Swords of God
Murphy – a police lieutenant who heads the Special Investigations Unit, one of Harry’s friends
Susan – a reporter for the largest tabloid paper in Chicago, also Harry’s girlfriend
Bob – a spirit trapped in a skull who works for Harry
Bianca – a vampire of the Red Court
Charity Carpenter – Michael’s wife

What’s it about?
When it becomes obvious that someone is stirring up the spirits of Chicago in a way which makes them go insane – Harry finds himself in the role not only of wizard but of sleuth and ghostbuster as well. Not to mention he’s got to evade his faerie godmother who has come to collect on an old debt. Alongside the Fist of God – Michael the Knight of God – Harry must piece together what or who is driving ghosts to impact the corporeal world like never before. And when he realizes what exactly he’s up against, it will take vampiric allies, top level spell weaving, and Harry’s willingness to own up to his own fears in order to save the day.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s part of a best selling fantasy series.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes, I do quite highly recommend this book series.

How did this book make your list?
I’m reading the entire series on recommendation of my husband.

Has it won any awards?

Favorite quotes:
“‘Don’t yadda yadda the Lord, Harry. It’s disrespectful. God go with you.’ And he hung up.” – p 111

“Five white candles surrounded my summoning circle, the points of an invisible pentacle. White for protection. And because they’re the cheapest color at Wal-Mart. Hey, being a wizard doesn’t make money grow on trees.” – p 200

Personal thoughts:
Jim Butcher just keeps adding layers upon layers to Harry Dresden. With every book in this series, a little more of Harry’s background is revealed and a lot more is hinted at. And new characters are introduced who are just…awesome. And he doesn’t just do it with the characters in this story – he keeps adding layers to the environment, the universe of Dresden. But the lovely fact is that Harry himself doesn’t change, you really feel like this is a developing friendship, you simply get to know him better.
The magic side of this book gets very complicated very quickly. There were some parts I had to read through a few times in order to understand just what was going on. And I really struggle with some of the plot points due to my dislike of the character of Susan. Not how she is written, just who she is. But this is more than made up for in the characters of Michael and Charity. Both my husband and I were highly impressed that there’s finally an author who can make someone who believes in God in a way other than disrespectful or simply as an example of someone to mock. Michael is one of the best written “religious” characters I’ve come across in modern fiction. Bravo, Jim Butcher!