I'm not a big fantasy reader. I tend to respond better to visuals than written descriptions of fantastic happenings. The same held for a while as I read Jim Butcher's first Harry Dresden book. A lot of the lore of magic was lost on me, but the action descriptions were straightforward enough that I got the gist of how magic worked in Dresden's universe and followed the climax without a problem.
Like many debuts, the book had some rough edges. While I don't feel compelled to collect the whole series, Harry is likable enough that I'll probably check out the highlights as determined by Butcher's podcast, The Butcher Block.