Jim Butcher rocks. Read his books.
Jim Butcher is the author of three distinct series, “The Dresden Files,” “The Codex Alera,” and upcoming “The Cinder Spires.”
He has also been featured in short story compilations such as “My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding,” “Blood Lite,” and “Naked City.”
Mixing humor, different mythologies, and well developed characters in fantastic situations, Jim has created memorable stories that entertain and draw a reader in. His most well-known protagonist is Harry Dresden, a practicing wizard who specializes in paranormal investigations in a world where magic is real. Combined with an attitude against the establishment, magical or otherwise, and a knack for getting himself into trouble, Harry is a breath of fresh air, and a wonderfully complex character. Fifteen novels in, and the series is still going strong.
Characters in the Dresden world, including Harry, have appeared in short story anthologies, and he has written some of these in the POV of other characters, such as Thomas, and Molly.
In his fantasy series, The Codex Alera, Jim Butcher melded elemental animism and Roman culture. It is the story of Tavi, a young boy striving to find his place in a world where every person can channel the powers of a Fury, an elemental of Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Metal. Everyone but him.
The Cinder Spires:
The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Furies of Calderon
First Lord’s Fury
The books listed above may also be found independently listed on LoveAndBooks.com, with a review of each.