Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 342 pages
Setting: Chicago, present day, soon (but not directly) after the events in Storm Front
Interest: It’s book two in the Harry Dresden series that I bought with my Christmas money
Summary: Harry Dresden is called into a crime scene that looks like some kind of wolf killed the victim, on the night of the full moon. Harry does some research into werewolves and is put on the tract of a gang of werewolves. At the same time, Terra West engages Harry to help her control her fiance, who was cursed to turn into a wolf whenever the moon is full (he’s a loup-garou). MacFinn’s containment circle has been broken, so he’s on a rampage on full moon nights. That still doesn’t explain all the killings. Turns out, the FBI agents investigating the murders are Hexenwolfs, killing the bad guys. Harry figures all this out too late – he’s being used as bait for the loup-garou on the property of head gangster John Marcone. Then, when everyone is there, the FBI plan on killing them all and blaming the loup-garou. Harry manages to escape and kill the FBI agents and loup-garou, barely.
Final thoughts: This one took a little bit longer to get dragged into. It was still as enjoyable as the first book, but not quite as gripping. I also thought it was a bit to have so many kinds of werewolves show up. I mean, seriously, what’s the likelihood you’d get four kinds of werewolves all in the same place at the same time? I’m starting to see a hint of an overarching story line concerning Harry trying to discover who his mother really was.
I did find all the events to be unrealistically smushed together. Too much physical damage, too much mental stress, not enough sleep in the story. Don’t the protagonists ever get to sleep? I’d be half dead on the food and sleep levels Harry got in the story, and yet he manages to save the day. I’ll try one more and see if it improves before I give up on the series.
Title comes from: Harry muttered something about the current full moon being a “fool’s moon”. Definitely a play on words, considering the monster of choice was werewolves.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year
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