Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second book of The Dresden Files. This story continues the tales of Harry Dresden, resident wizard and paranormal consultant for the Chicago Police Department’s Special Investigations unit. Right off the bat this story plunges into action when Harry is called in to help investigate a series of gruesome murders. These murders occurred around the full moon, and yes, werewolves are suspected to be involved. Mr. Butcher took this somewhat conventional premise and twisted it his own way to make a true Dresden original that was gritty, intense, and considerably darker than the previous novel.
Dresden is really run through the meat grinder in Fool Moon. At the end of Storm Front Dresden is in a terrific battle that completely exhausts his magical strength. In this book that happens about 1/3 of the way in and for the rest of the book he is forced to face his enemies without the benefit of most of his magic. In addition to great external conflicts, Dresden’s relationship with Murphy is extremely strained as he has had to withhold information from her for her own protection. Dresden is facing the most dangerous enemies he has ever encountered and he is doing it completely alone.
Jim Butcher continues to deliver a fast-paced, intense narrative laced with tension. This book took me several days to finish because it was a lot darker and more intense than its predecessor. I couldn’t marathon the story because it became painful to stay in Dresden’s head for a long period of time. Its that intense.
If you like horror and fantasy I highly recommend Fool Moon, by Jim Butcher.