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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

 Cold Days (Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.

*spoilers for previous book*
There’s very little you can say about Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series that hasn’t been said before.

You could pick any superlative and chances are it would be an apt description of the latest saga in the life of Chicago’s favourite wizard for hire.

Cold Days follows on from the events of Ghost Story, look away now spoiler phobes, that saw Harry back from the dead after agreeing to serve as the Winter Knight.

Long term readers will know that Harry’s new position is something of a poisoned chalice, to say the least, and it isn’t long before he’s once again up to his neck in danger.

Butcher’s biggest skill is giving us this incredibly detailed and awe-inspiring universe and grounding it by focusing on the wise-cracking and long suffering Harry Dresden.

On the surface Butcher would have you believe that Dresden is just like anyone else, but as we continue to follow Harry on his extraordinary path it’s clear that isn’t the case.

The stakes have never been higher for Dresden and his friends as they are thrown headfirst into a plot that threatens the very fabric of existence.

There are plenty of pop-culture references thrown in that will keep the fanboys happy long into the night.

Who couldn’t love a book that has a goblin army going into battle while chanting Queen’s We Will Rock You en masse?

You know what you are getting with The Dresden Files and, once again, that’s a gripping page-turner of a novel that is impossible to put down.

5 Sheep

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  1. I loved Cold Day's I think Jim had a few more pop culture references in this than some of the others. I love how it is funny and dark at the same time as suspenseful and all about the triumph of good over evil. I totally agree with the rating on this one!

  2. cool! I haven't read this series yet! I know, right?! It is on my list of must reads. I love urban fantasy. thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Not yet? Omigosh, Sharon, it totally ROCKS! I'm a couple of books behind in the series, but loving them all. Really enjoyed the interview, glad to hear that the quality of the story is being maintained --- not always easy when a series gets lengthy.

  4. I really need to start reading this series. I have the first two on my shelves. Thakns for the review :)

  5. This was an awesome book. I can't wait for the next one. Jim Butcher really left us with quite the unresolved issues. I really enjoy catching up with some of the regular cast of secondary characters, but I must admit I miss Michael a lot. Hopefully we will see more of him and Charity in the next books(s).

    Great review by the way!

  6. All I want to see is....cover dude it hot!

  7. One of these days I'm going to get started on this series. I bought the first book this year, but it's still collecting dust on the shelf. Looks like I've got a long way to go before I get to this one.

  8. I'm only about halfway through, but I am really enjoying this book. I especially loved the reference to the special hell for those who talk at the theater! I love the snark.

    1. I really need to start this series! Thanks for stopping by!