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Cold Days (The Dresden Files, Book 14) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist

“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”—SF Revu
 
“If there is an author that defines urban fantasy, it is Jim Butcher.”—Fresh Fiction
 
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden.”—The Washington Times

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HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!!
 
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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2484 KB
  • Print Length: 529 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (Nov. 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090UOJAI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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First and foremost, I thought this book was a lot of fun to read. While the Dresden books have never been slouches in terms of rip-roaring adventure, Butcher has been gradually refining his style across the course of the fourteen Dresden books and his six Codex Alera books and now he really knows how to keep his books moving. While this book downplays the detective aspect of his work more than any of the books in the series so far, that does technically fit - he's a Knight now, not a PI - the action scenes and the banter have never been better. It's a real page turner. After a slow beginning that sets the tone for what Dresden's life in Winter is going to be like, things pick up and then don't let up until the conclusion some 450 pages later.

As far as this book goes as an entry in the Dresden series, the changes started in book 12 (aptly named Changes) have not stopped. One weakness in this book is that the main conflict is somehow lacking in importance. While it involves some of the heaviest hitters known so far in the Dresdenverse, it doesn't feel like the climatic battle is actually the point of the book. This book goes to great lengths to tie together a lot of seemingly unrelated elements from the first eleven books, fleshes out some secondary characters, hints at more unusual aspects of Dresden's parentage and upbringing, so it seems more like this book is intended to round out the changes started in book 12 and set the stage for the next books rather than be an epic setpiece in its own right. The book constantly emphasizes that Dresden is swinging in a different weight class now and that each battle he fights is going to be of great importance.
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Featuring tight, humorous, occasionally grim and always deliciously Noir writing, "Cold Days" continues Jim Buitcher's constant mastery and improvement on Harry Dresden as a character and as a storytelling device. More liberties are taken, stylistically, and the plot takes a few unexpected twists and turns that wonderfully showcase just how far the author's come.

Try going back to "Storm Front" after this. You'll see what I mean. As good as the initial opus in the series happens to be, it's rather formulaic. This was Butcher testing out the waters, sketching out the broad strokes of his Modern Fantasy universe. The latest novel in the series, however, showcases the writer in his element, like a kid who gleefully up-ends the established stories and destinies of his favorite puppets.

Rest assured, however: Butcher doesn't reach George R. R. Martin's degrees of character cruelty. Everything can be more or less justified, and everything is guaranteed to leave you smiling - even the bittersweet ending, which is now part of the expected formula for Dresden Files novels.
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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12 2013
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Harry is now the Winter Knight and struggling to deal with the dark thoughts/impulses that come with the role. It seems that the mantle of the Winter Knight taints the wearer, eventually molding them into the role.

This was an interesting change in the Dresden series. This novel, as one might expect, deals more with the Fae than any of the previous installments. We learn in Cold Days of a war between Faerie and their enemies that transcends even the boundaries of Winter and Summer. In Cold Days, Harry must prevent an attack on Demonreach which, if carried through, could destroy the city. At the same time, he must also distinguish between truth and lies as he decides whether, or not, to carry out The Winter Queen's first task for him.

Why only four stars? I really enjoyed this book, but I am not sure what to think of the major twists at the end. It almost seems too convenient. Also, I don't like the direction Jim Butcher seems to be heading in terms of Harry's romantic life. Unlike earlier books in the Dresden Files, this is not a standalone novel. The last few books have been building a more cohesive story (which can be both good and bad ).

The interaction between the world of Faerie and humans is becoming very interesting. Jim Butcher has done a phenomenal job in creating new twists and turns for the reader. Typically, a series that goes on this long needs to be put out of its misery. However, this is not the case with the Dresden files. Characters continue to grow and the plot-lines remain fresh and interesting. I am awaiting the next installment with bated breath.
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Harry Dresden, wizard, Warden of the White Council... Winter Knight? After arranging his own assassination, Harry ends up being brought back from the almost-dead by Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, so he can keep his end of the bargain he made to become the Winter Knight. And his first assignment? Kill Maeve, the Winter Lady...

Butcher doesn't fool around. He starts <i>Cold Days</i> off with a bang, and ends on the same note. In between, there are a lot more bangs, some banter, and a few moments that'll make you snort whatever you're drinking up your nose, because that's the way it goes. His characters have grown so much from the early books--not just Harry, but Murphy, Thomas, even Mouse the dog. As long as Butcher keeps writing these kinds of characters, I'm going to keep reading.

My one regret? I read <i>Cold Days</i> too damn fast. Now I have to wait for the next one... and it'll be agony!
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