Cold Days Nook Edition by Jim Butcher
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews This one totally makes up for Ghost Story. Here we see Butcher and Dresden at their finest. He's not as clueless or pain-filled as he usually is, maybe due to personal growth and being the Winter Knight. I love the interactions Harry has with Karrin, Molly, Thomas, and Bob. Mouse is back. Love that dog. Some parts of the plot weren't a surprise, but there's one curveball at the end that I did not see coming, and I like those best. I also loved the scenes with Mab. She's definitely developing from a melodramatic plot device into an actual character. The teasing with Karrin and Harry is driving me a little nuts. I wish they'd either go there or let it die...difficult with their friendship and that wonderful chemistry. I felt like we skipped a part with Thomas here. When last we left him, he had given in to his cold-blooded side. That seemed to have completely disappeared. I like the conflicted Thomas better, but I'm wondering at the continuity leap. I am looking forward to more with Molly. Mr. Butcher: Molly needs her own series. You are an obvious feminist and you write women really well. You should seriously consider it.
I read quite a lot of urban fantasy, this is the series that sold it to me, and this book reminds me why. I am just a bit of fan of this series. Dresden returns with style. All the boxes are ticked.... Great plot... A sense of humour...... funny one liners.... interesting characterization..... fascinating be lore on the world of Dresden... It's well worth reading this book just for those elements. On top of this the twist at the end is a real jaw dropper. I think everyone who reads this sort of book is a veteran twist watcher, and Butcher plays on this, and without in any way making you feel cheated, making you think its. going to go one way and then knocking over your expectactions. This book feels like an important part of the series as a transitional novel where Dresden moves from someone who interacts with the mythological beings to someone who is a part off the mythos. I could have fallen flat, and I am glad to say that it didn't. I can't wait for the next one.
In the previous 13 Dresden Files books, the events were enjoyable, but they seemed disparate. There were epic
conflicts involving faeries, necromancers, vampires, werewolves, crime lords, angels, demons, gods, wizards councils, evil islands, random individuals, and Harry Dresden, but there wasn't a sense that those were all connected. There were also a couple of things that Butcher had been foreshadowing for many books. With a couple of exceptions, "Cold Days" brings it all together. As such, "Cold Days" teaches us more about Dresden's world and the players in it than many previous books. As usual, there is a long, drawn out, epic fight where Dresden is outmatched and out of energy by the end. Like in several of the previous books, Dresden fights using borrowed power. When he was using Lash, he got powers and always had to resist the temptation to use more. That aspect of temptation continues with Dresden's now power, but it also influences Dresden's personality more than Lash's power seemed to influence him. One thing I thought about in the book was random interjections. At one point, Dresden summons a faerie, and the faerie asks him what he thinks about gay people hooking up with each other, to which Dresden responds that they can do whatever they want because it's none of his business. The exchange has nothing to do with the story, which is not to say that it wasn't well done. It made me think about the discussion of the death penalty in Albert Camus' "The Plague." Overall, there's plenty to keep me coming back for the next one!
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