Book Review: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2)

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I’ve mentioned before, I got into the Dresden Files books because of the SyFy Channel show. I was worried when I started reading Fool Moon that this book would be similar to the TV show. It turns out that there were some similarities, but nowhere near as many as there were for Storm Front.

For those of you not familiar with the series, it’s about a wizard named Harry Dresden, who is the only openly practicing wizard in Chicago, if not the country. Harry has a rather dark past and a lot of power. So far, the series hasn’t explained why, though it seems to have something to do with his family. His personality is portrayed as sort of a noir detective, which I rather like.

Part of why I wanted to read Fool Moon is because—as I’m sure you’ve guessed—it’s about werewolves. Butcher actually lays out an interesting scenario in which there are four types of werewolves:

  • the classic werewolf: a human who uses a spell to change his body into that of a wolf, but the mind remains human. Can be hurt and killed the same way as regular wolves. There’s a subtype where someone else turns a person into a wolf. Eventually the ensorcelled person loses their humanity.
  • A Hexenwolf: Make a deal with a demon, devil, or sorceror, and use a talisman to turn into a wolf. This seems to let your id run loose, although in a more wolfy way. Eventually you lose your humanity.
  • lycanthropes: A person gets taken over by a spirt. They’re still people on the outside, but wolves on the inside. They’re resistant to pain, injury, and sickness, and heal very quickly.
  • loup-garou: A person who has been cursed to become a wolflike demon at the full moon. They’re super strong and resistant to just about everything. However, they can be killed by weapons made of inherited silver.

It’s an interesting system, and I happen to like it. Dresden, the main character, manages to encounter several of these types. Werewolves are considered a type of theriomorph (a new word for me), meaning anything that shape shifts from a human to an animal.

Fool Moon turned out to be a lot of fun to read, and I’m definitely continuing with the series. I particularly enjoyed some of the humor that Butcher injected into the main character (Harry Dresden), as well as Butcher’s way with detail, which made me wonder if he tested some of these things out himself. If so, I’m impressed (and also intimidated about what that might mean for my writing).

Book Source: Free Library of Philadelphia

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