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.
so over the last many books the power fluctuation is just getting annoying.
by all rights at this point harry got the power of something close to a demi god, yet he gets beaten by something as simple as a couple of gouls, yet he can defeat a fallen angel without issue's.
he is killing demi gods several of them and yet normal small time things is WAY stronger then him..
etc etc etc.
it just gets very annoying to see how his powers constantly fluctuate and how damn weak he is when plot calls for it -.-
it's like the author is just making him weak to try and give suspension... it is really annoying....
on top of that the powers which he is suppose to have is no where near their.
when you see what other big times wizards can do, and what the winter knight could do before harry, you cannot help but wondering why harry is so crazy weak compared to any of them...
the author seriously needs to figure out how powerfull harry is and keep it there. and make sure it makes sense to the rest of the universe of the books:
(i mean fgs. he is so dangerous that map, an actual god is "weary of him", but yet so weak that he cannot even defeat the "red cap" with ease, which is just a basic damn fae.. not even equel to an insect in comparison to map.)..
and the whole idea of guns being so rediculessly effective against everything. WTH doesn't all the super natural not just run around with miniguns with uranium anti panser bullets? would be better then anything harry have ever been able to do...
sigh.. i have just been so damn annoyed over the last many books because of this BS...
all the fights of the last many books have just been horrible and annoying. rest of the story is good but everything about the fights is just rediculessly badly made due to the power fluctuation
It's great to have James Marsters back as the narrator.
In addition, the Dresden Files just keep getting better. The twists and reveals in the story were the best yet. Jim Butcher delivers again.