Jim Butcher created this series in an effort to create a genre novel as an assignment to a professor. For the life of me I can't decide which genre it is. It is a Mystery novel? Kind of. Is it a thriller? Sort of. But is it a high fantasy series. It is, but it's not.
I think it's a child's imagination of being in a big city (like Chicago) for the very first time. Every nook and cranny is an unknown adventure to this authors mind. Wandering about, painting his vampires, fairies, ghosts, zombies, and wizards in every setting that this place can handle. In a way it reminds me of visiting New York for the first time as a child.
Jim Butcher may not disprove some scientific basic understanding of reality, but he will convince you beyond a reasonable doubt, that your world is also, filled with magic. You just have to look at it right.
Warning! While I give no spoilers about this particular book, beware huge spoilers ahead if you have not read the books previous to this one. This is your only warning.
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Harry Dresden is a wizard and Warden of the White Council, a private investigator, defender of the underdog, Winter Knight to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness and, oh yeah, newly returned from the spirit world. Could his life get any more complicated? Don’t ask that.
A ~ My 17-yr-old daughter
T ~ My 15-yr-old son
K ~ My 14-yr-old son
After the ending of Changes where Harry is shot and then Ghost Story where Harry is a ghost the relief we all felt that Harry was indeed back in the land of the living was massive. Harry’s return is not without trials and tribulations though. He is, after all, the Winter Knight to Mab. And he tried to wiggle his way out of his deal with her by dying. Is she happy with him? What do you think?
These books are getting harder and harder to review without giving away anything. I will say that we still love Harry and the inhabitants of his world. The plot, the humor, the fast pace are all spot on. The world that Harry is in now is getting darker and more violent and the story reflects that. The Harry of now has grown so much from the Harry of Storm Front, a gradual progression that is wonderful to witness. We very much look forward to continuing with Harry on his journey.
Narration: James Marsters once again delights. We can’t express how much we enjoy his narration of the world of Harry Dresden.
About thirty feet from the door, Molly abruptly stopped in her tracks and said, "Harry."
I paused and looked back at her.
Her eyes were wide. She said, "I sense..."
I narrowed my eyes. "Say it. You know you want to say it."
"It is not a disturbance in the Force,” she said, her voice half-exasperated.
“Thwart," I said. "To prevent someone from accomplishing something by means of visiting gratuitous violence upon his smarmy person."
"I'm pretty sure that isn't the definition." Sarissa said.
"It is today.”
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
Loved it. Me. Butcher I applaud you. Just finished listening to this book for the third time. Better each time
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.