The Unorthodox Chronicles #1 Dead Man’s Hand by James J. Butcher

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by James J. Butcher
The Unorthodox Chronicles #1 Dead Man’s Hand by James J. ButcherDead Man's Hand Published by Penguin on October 11, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, FICTION / Fantasy / Urban
Pages: 384
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In the tradition of his renowned father, James J. Butcher’s debut novel is a brilliant urban fantasy about a young man who must throw out the magical rule book to solve the murder of his former mentor.

On the streets of Boston, the world is divided into the ordinary Usuals, and the paranormal Unorthodox. And in the Department of Unorthodox Affairs, the Auditors are the magical elite, government-sanctioned witches with spells at their command and all the power and prestige that comes with it. Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby is…not one of those witches.
After flunking out of the Auditor training program and being dismissed as “not Department material,” Grimsby tried to resign himself to life as a mediocre witch. But he can’t help hoping he’ll somehow, someway, get another chance to prove his skill. That opportunity comes with a price when his former mentor, aka the most dangerous witch alive, is murdered down the street from where he works, and Grimsby is the Auditors’ number one suspect.
Proving his innocence will require more than a little legwork, and after forming a strange alliance with the retired legend known as the Huntsman and a mysterious being from Elsewhere, Grimsby is abruptly thrown into a life of adventure, whether he wants it or not. Now all he has to do is find the real killer, avoid the Auditors on his trail, and most importantly, stay alive.


I am a fan of Jim Butcher Dreseden’s files, so how could I not pick up the son’s books to see how the child does. I have to say the first book is like The Dresden Files in a way, but its uniqueness kept me reading. I especially liked two lines that were nods to other readers. One way we can’t just walk up and ask to Prepare to die (princess bride), and the second was it’s a Jabber Wocky Kind of day (Alice in Wonderland). I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the action, and the magic. I thought Wudge’s troll-like character was a fun addition to the cast of characters. I recommend this to those who like urban fantasy, the “buddy cop” trope, and his father’s works, Dresden Files.


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About James J. Butcher

James J. Butcher spends most of his time in places that don’t exist, some of which he even created himself—including the world of the Unorthodox Chronicles. What little time he has left is usually spent writing or exercising. He is the son of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher, who introduced him to books, movies, and games. James lives in Denver and is working on his next novel.