on June 30th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
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Three novellas allow the reader to encounter Dresden at different points in his career as a wizard-for-hire.
It is no secret that I love the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is a wizard in Chicago. In these three novellas we see how Harry met River Shoulders, a Forest Person who has a half human child that he wants Harry to watch over.
In the first story the child, Irwin, is an elementary school student being tormented for being big and gentle. Harry goes undercover as a janitor in the school to meet him and finds that his tormentors are also supernatural.
In the second story Irwin is in high school and has become ill. According to River Shoulders that should never happen. Harry goes to visit Irwin to see what has happened.
Irwin is in college in story three. He is having his first love affair but his girlfriend is not what she seems.
I love the whole fresh mythology of Big Foot that Butcher has built in these stories. It isn’t necessary to know the rest of the series to enjoy these stories. This could serve as a great intro to the character. As always, I recommend the audio version. James Marsters voices Harry perfectly.