Action-packed and lots of big developments. You can really appreciate Jim Butcher's planning as you see all the threads of the previous plot points being drawn toward the resolution of the series.
The book is a giant swashbuckling action tale and the Faery politics drive the tale. There are powerful new baddies to fight. The climax on the hill literally took my breath away! I am really excited to see how that plays out in book #15. I loved Mab and all the other Faery royalty in this tale.
I had a couple of nit-picky problems with this book. Suddenly Harry drops the f-bomb repeatedly, after 13 books of "stars and stones" oaths. Perhaps that is the Winter Knight's mantle's influence? Molly seems remarkably calm and sane after the tattered state she was in in Ghost Story... which is nice but surprised me and felt disingenuine. Murphy is completely nonplussed by Harry's re-appearance from the "dead" and just magically appears to help him in the city before he contacts her, despite her emotional despair and retreat after losing Harry in Ghost Story. None of these little things ruin the book but they were distracting, especially the swearing, which pulled me out of the book in surprise each time.
I'm surprised how many people did not like Ghost Story (the previous book in the series). I actually loved the emotionally heavy and almost introspective feel of it. It was a hard thing to read, with all the characters laid emotionally bare, and Harry grew a lot during it. This is a physicality book, full of battles - a nice foil to Ghost Story.
James Marsters does a masterful reading of Harry, as usual.
Yes, I would recommend this whole series! I look forward to the next book. The characters are old acquaintances after all!
He is a great reader!
I have been a huge fan of the Dresden File books since I first found them with #3. Through the years I have watched the twists and turns that Harry has been put through; Most of the time I just thought that Jim Butcher was a little sadistic with how he seemed to delight in putting Harry against beings far more power than himself, and situations with far too much responsibility for one hapless wizard to bear.In Cold Days, I love the way Jim Butcher pulled all those things together to give some purpose to the crucible that Harry has been put through. In this book we learn that Butcher was not merely sadistic--- he had a plan, and this book ties many of those elements together to form some understanding of what is actually going on in the world.Even more - it gives Harry a purpose. I feel like I should capitalize that - It gives Harry PURPOSE and Harry reacts in the fashion that we all love about Harry. To quote Mr. Marsters from another role: "Wackiness Ensues".
Harry has to be my favorite character of all time, and in this book he does not dissapoint. We learn far more about other characters as well. Molly in particular displays her growth since Ghost Story and we see her as a powerful woman, and not the girl that she was.
James Marsters IS the voice of Harry Dresden. I bought my first DF audiobook at a garage sale years ago and I thought that Marsters was OK. But over time he has developed nuance to the characters that I think few others could bring. Some day I want to head to a sci/fi convention just to ask him a question about his audio work on this series. I'm desperate to know if he does Toot's voice alone, or with electronic filtering.The last book was much less enjoyable without him as the voice of Harry, I would seriously debate whether to purchase another if he were not the vocal actor performing it.
There is a moment near the end where a character is asked a question. It was a human moment from an unexpected source. I was actually moved by the simplicity of it.
If you are not listening to the Dresden Files books with James Marsters as the reader you are missing out on a treat. I drive for hours sometimes for my job and Harry/James are my companions on those lonely days. I look forward to those long drives now so I can spend more time with them.
This was another one of Jim Butchers great books about the Great Wizard Harry Dresden.
I am so HAPPY that they were able to get James Marsters back to narrate the book.
I recommend this book and the entire series!!!
I love that Jim Butcher always finds a twist and turn in his stories that grabs my attention and always makes me want to read more. His stories are exciting and well written, and even though this is the fourteenth book in the Dresden-files series I'm not even close to getting tired of it. That is something not many other authors have done.
James Marsters interpretation of Toot the Fairy is priceless!
Willy Wonka of it
I would, if they enjoy the series -- it's not good for someone not a fan of the genre or if this is their first in the Dresden universe.
Harry has a psychic battle at one point that's pretty epic.
A pretty good entry in the series. Some past questions are answered, Dresden powers up and fan favorites return.
There are some downsides though:
--The Outsiders make an appearance and seem a bit underpowered. Almost like Jim wanted us to see them, but not for them to be a huge threat to Harry just yet.
--Some parts felt a bit heavy-handed in how they "explained" past events. Would have preferred a more natural revelation than Harry just coming up with the connection out the blue and telling us.
--I wish Harry would have unleashed his full power!
The story and the writing are as awesome as I've come to expect from James Butcher. I found the story line, and the changes to the situations of the characters, really interesting. Also, James Marsters is back! For me, he is the voice of Dresden. I didn't like the last audio book as much because someone else narrated it.
Butcher does a great job of reinventing Harry while throwing a lot of great twists that had me screaming - what?! He also had me laughing out loud, something his last book didn't do as well. I still loved it as a fan of the series but felt a little let down. Cold Days made up for it all. I'm back in love with Harry.
Harry of course was the best character. His reunions with the gang from his brother to his apprentice made me as a fan tear up, cheer and laugh.
Yes, thank God they got James Marsters back on the Dresden Files audiobooks. He is the voice of Harry Dresden and one of the let downs of the last audiobook was his absence. The hole was obvious, big and insurmountable. Those shoes just can't be filled - sorry! However his return in Cold Days was fantastic.
I just said it Harry's Back! Thank God!
This is well worth the listen if you're a fan of the series and if you want to be a fan I'd start with Storm Front, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to try Cold Days.
Loving it!!! I've loyally listened & read each book as they are released. This one stays true to form with a bit maturing. The first hour or so has a lot of sexual tones (not the most appropriate to listen to at work) but gets back to basics soon enough. Kept me laughing and made a few more fans from my coworkers.
I will add that I wouldn't have gotten the audible version if it wasn't narrated by James Marsters. Welcome back Marsters!!!!!