|A bunch of stories featuring Harry Dresden are in this book.
Both unpublished stories and ones featured in an anthology are compiled in one place for
the first time. Each story has a prologue explaining the origin and where they fit
chronologically in the series. Many characters that appear in the Dresden world get a
bigger role to play and you learn more about them. They are all fun stories, funny,
comedic, serious, and the last is ... well, it made me sniffle.
The first story, A
Restoration of Faith, takes place before Storm Front and shows Harry when he was
just starting out as a detective. He searches for a little girl (Faith), a troll is
involved, and he crosses paths with Murphy. Despite Jim Butcher protesting the story is
unpolished, it is really good and gives a glimpse of who Harry is and his character.
Backup is a story from Thomas Raith's POV, which was previously published
by Subterranean Press. Thomas protects his brother from an old enemy, who is using Harry
as bait. Thomas gets advice from Bob (the Skull), and saves the day, without his little
brother knowing about it. Thomas also appears in Its My Birthday Too,
where Harry meets him at a mall where an RPG is taking place.
Aftermath is the last, a novella from Murphys POV, which takes
place hours after the cliff-hanger ending of Changes. No answers are given
but there are plenty of teasers. Its more about how Murphy deals with the aftermath
This is a must read for any Dresden fan, though you need to be familiar with the
Dresden world to get these stories. They all have the action, comedy, and awesomeness of
the books as well as minor side information that was not included, such as Gards
true nature. If you havent read any of the Dresden Files, you could start with the
first story then flip back and forth between this collection and the books, reading in