Its very good. The series makes it work. He's worth investing the time in.
Noir....It's classic. He gets a job, he has all kinds of problems, he solves a different problem, and he never gets the girl. In between that he's conflicted, and just getting through the day.
Once started you just won't stop
This was a great book. As always, the performance was spot on. The story line was solid, good movement, completely engaging and wonderfully told.
Harry wakes up from death and now it's time to be the Winter Knight. Maab prepares him as only Maab would do, 72 days of fighting for his life. This does get him ready for his real quest where he is enlightened by the Summer Mother, of the real fight humanity faces daily. Harry and company are together again, in their battle against evil as only the combination of Jim Butcher's imagination and James Marster's magic delivery can do it.
Note about the narration: James Marsters absolutely owns the vibe of the Dresden Files. He is able to capture the essence of a great cast of characters as well as the intensity of a Jim Butcher plot.
Jim Butcher once again cranks up the intensity of the Dresden Files with Cold Days. Harry is back from the dead, literally, but that does not mean that anything has calmed down in his world. He awakens to find himself fighting to survive his new role as Mab's Winter Knight, as well as trying to maintain his identity and integrity.
As usual, political intrigue is the rule of the in the realm of faerie and Harry must figure out which side is least wrong. At the same time, there is a crisis brewing at Demon Reach, the island with which he is bonded. As if those two things are not enough, the crap just keeps piling on.
This book felt a bit transitional, preparing the reader for the books to come. While there was a complete plot arc to this story, so many more threads were opened than answered. The stakes have gotten high in the series, as Butcher prepares to take it into what rumor says will be the final six books.
One thing that I loved about this book is how much it demonstrates Harry's growth throughout the series. In the past, he fought so hard to keep his friends out his troubles. However, in this installment, he accepts their assistance with grace, allowing them to decide to accept the danger or not. Harry also has a new dimension, struggling with the dark nature of the Winter Knight mantle.
The action in this book in incredible. Butcher maintains a breathtaking level of intensity through the entire book. Even at the end, I am already chomping at the bit for the next installment.