Jim Butcher Books

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Jim Butcher is a popular American author. The martial arts enthusiast was born in October 1971 in Missouri, where he still lives. Jim Butcher started his writing career in April 2000, specializing in contemporary fantasy and speculative fiction genres.

Jim Butcher is best known for the Dresden Files, a contemporary fantasy book series. The series began in April 2000 with Storm Front as the first novel. Dresden Files has since had a total of 15 novels in the series, the latest of them being Skin Game. Jim Butcher’s second series, Codex Alera, debuted in 2004. The Dresden Files and Codex Alera sequels have had incredible books. It is for this reason that Jim Butcher remains a favorite author for many contemporary fantasy readers. In addition, a number of books in the sequels have received nominations for reputable awards.

Order of The Dresden Files Series

1Storm Front 2000Description / Buy
2Fool Moon 2001Description / Buy
3Grave Peril 2001Description / Buy
4Summer Knight 2002Description / Buy
5Death Masks 2003Description / Buy
6Blood Rites 2004Description / Buy
7Dead Beat 2005Description / Buy
8Proven Guilty 2006Description / Buy
9White Night 2007Description / Buy
10Small Favor 2008Description / Buy
11Turn Coat 2009Description / Buy
12Changes 2010Description / Buy
13Ghost Story 2011Description / Buy
14Cold Days 2012Description / Buy
15Skin Game 2014Description / Buy
16Peace Talks 2020Description / Buy
17Battle Ground 2020Description / Buy

Order of Dresden Files Collections

1Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 2010Description / Buy
2Working for Bigfoot 2014Description / Buy
3Brief Cases 2018Description / Buy

Order of Codex Alera Series

1Furies of Calderon 2004Description / Buy
2Academ's Fury 2005Description / Buy
3Cursor's Fury 2006Description / Buy
4Captain's Fury 2007Description / Buy
5Princep's Fury 2008Description / Buy
6First Lord's Fury 2008Description / Buy

Order of The Cinder Spires Series

1The Aeronaut's Windlass 2015Description / Buy

Order of Jim Butcher Standalone Novels

1Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours 2006Description / Buy

Order of The Dresden Files Graphic Novels

1Welcome to the Jungle (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
2Backup 2008Description / Buy
3Storm Front, Vol. 1: The Gathering Storm 2009Description / Buy
4Storm Front, Vol. 2: Maelstrom (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
5Fool Moon, Vol. 1 (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
6Fool Moon, Vol. 2 2013Description / Buy
7Ghoul Goblin 2013Description / Buy
8War Cry 2014Description / Buy
9Down Town 2015Description / Buy
10Wild Card 2016Description / Buy
11Dog Men (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Vampire Files Series

1Lifeblood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
2Bloodlist ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
3Bloodcircle ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
4Art in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1991Description / Buy
5Fire in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1991Description / Buy
6Blood on the Water ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1992Description / Buy
7A Chill in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1998Description / Buy
8The Dark Sleep ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1999Description / Buy
9Lady Crymsyn ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2000Description / Buy
10Cold Streets ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2003Description / Buy
11Song in the Dark ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2005Description / Buy
12Many Bloody Returns ( With: Carolyn Haines, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Bill Crider, Sandra Burr, , , Elaine Viets, Rachel Caine, Toni L.P. Kelner, Christopher Golden, Jeanne C. Stein, Tanya Huff, P.N. Elrod) 2007Description / Buy
13The Devil You Know (Short Story) ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2009Description / Buy
14Dark Road Rising ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2009Description / Buy

Order of Unfettered Series

1Unfettered II: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy ( With: Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, David Farland, Rachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, , Bradley P. Beaulieu, Michael J. Sullivan, Django Wexler, , Shawn Speakman, Mark Lawrence, Anthony Ryan, Sarah Beth Durst) 2016Description / Buy
2Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy ( By: Megan Lindholm, Carrie Vaughn, Tad Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Brian Herbert, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, , Naomi Novik, Kevin J. Anderson, Delilah S. Dawson, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, , , Lev Grossman, , Shawn Speakman, John Gwynne, , Mark Lawrence, , , Anna Smith Spark, Katherine Arden) 2019Description / Buy

Jim Butcher Anthologies

1 Blood Lite2008Description / Buy
2 Mean Streets2009Description / Buy
3 Strange Brew2009Description / Buy
4 Dark and Stormy Knights2010Description / Buy
5 Songs of Love and Death2010Description / Buy
6 Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy2011Description / Buy
7 Hex Appeal2012Description / Buy
8 Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron2012Description / Buy
9 Dangerous Women2013Description / Buy
10 Magic City: Recent Spells2014Description / Buy
11 Beyond the Pale: A Fantasy Anthology2014Description / Buy
12 Unbound: Tales By Masters of Fantasy2016Description / Buy
13 Shadowed Souls2016Description / Buy
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Jim Butcher has received various awards in the span of his writing career. At least 6 of his novels have also received nominations for various internationally recognized awards. First, Storm Front was a finalist at the Crompton Crook Stephen Tall memorial Awards in 2001, best first novels category. The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, Skin Game and The Aeronaut’s Windlass received nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards in 2009, 2015 and 2016 respectively. It is also important to note that Jim Butcher’s Changes and Cold Days impressively faired in the SF Readers Poll in 2011 and 2013.


Remarkably, The Dresden Files hit the screens as a television series in America, Canada and later in the UK. The television series, based on Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files book series, premiered in 2007. This series ran for a complete season. All the twelve episodes, running for 45 minutes each, are currently available on DVD in selected stores. This incredible achievement highlights Jim Butcher’s successful career as an author.


Jim Butcher has had a wonderful writing career with many popular books for fantasy readers. However, the following three books stand out;

Storm Front: As the first book in the Dresden Files series, Storm Front set the pace to the series and introduced the characters. The plot revolves around Harry Dresden, a listed, professional wizard whose main work involves helping Chicago Police Department and Residents to solve mysterious murders. Harry Dresden is called by Lt. Karrin Murphy of the Chicago Police Department to assist unravel the mysterious deaths of two victims. Dresden arrives at the gruesome scene of murder, a hotel room, to find Jennifer Stanton and Tommy Tomm(Johnny Marcone’s bodyguard) in a bloody scene. Both victims have their hearts ripped out, evidently during intercourse. The use of magic is visible in the dark magic remnants in the room. He receives instructions from Lt. Murphy and leaves the room hurriedly for a due appointment. He is forced into a car on his way out. In the car, he meets Johnny Marcone who offers Dresden a lot of monetary reward on the condition that he keeps away from the murder. He declines and this marks the beginning of the drama. On his next appointment, he gets hired by Monica to help find Victor Sells, a harmless magician who has gone missing after stints of queer behavior. Harry becomes a victim of mysterious attacks from strange creatures. He is torn between saving his life and pursuing his flourishing career. Things get murkier when he is accused of murders!

Changes: The 12th book in the Dresden Files series is another blockbuster. It was released in 2010 and was a #1 New York Times fiction best seller in its debut week. Susan Rodriguez seeks the help of Harry Dresden for the rescue of their daughter, Margaret Angelica, from the hands of kidnapper Duchess Ariana. The plot widens when Dresden’s office is destroyed by an explosion which puts Harry in the FBI list for investigation. When he finds out that a police officer, Rudolph, framed him for the investigation, he begins to investigate Rudolph too. The book gets to a turning point when his house is firebombed.

The Astronaut’s Windlass: It is impossible to mention celebrated works of Jim Butcher without mentioning The Astronaut’s Windlass. This classic steampunk fantasy novel is the first book in Jim Butcher’s last series, The Cinder Spires. Released in 2015, The Astronaut’s Windless brings together steampunk technologies, intelligent cats and magical wars in a single extraordinary blend. The book is centered around Captain Grimm, Commander of merchant ship Predator. Grimm is successfully lured by the Spirearch of Albion into joining their side of the war against other spires. He later learns that the unending war of the Spires is an astonishing premonition of worse things.

When Does The Next Jim Butcher book come out?

Jim Butcher doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Battle Ground and was released on September, 29th 2020. It is the newest book in the The Dresden Files Series.


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