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Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14 | [Jim Butcher]

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 one 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.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12
    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "great. Love the series, and Marsters is great"

    Great continuation of the story. Great series, just keeps getting better and deeper. Masters is great as Dresden

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 12-29-12
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2015

    audiobook addict

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    "lots of action"

    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.

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    Carolyn MARQUETTE, MI, United States 12-29-12
    Carolyn MARQUETTE, MI, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "loved this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this whole series! I look forward to the next book. The characters are old acquaintances after all!


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great reader!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kitt Las Vegas 12-29-12
    Kitt Las Vegas 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cold Days is Awesome Addition to the Dresden Files"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    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".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Garrett 12-28-12
    Garrett 12-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    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!!!

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    Hilde Bergen, Norway 12-27-12
    Hilde Bergen, Norway 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "May Butcher write the next book swiftly."
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    James Marsters interpretation of Toot the Fairy is priceless!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 12-27-12
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Harry is back in form!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    Harry has a psychic battle at one point that's pretty epic.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Cat Sith


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    He lives


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Kii 12-27-12
    Kii 12-27-12

    Kii

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    "Fantastic, and glad James Marsters is back"

    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.

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    Rufus DALLAS, TX, United States 12-27-12
    Rufus DALLAS, TX, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Harry's Back!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I just said it Harry's Back! Thank God!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Burgess 12-27-12
    Rob Burgess 12-27-12 Member Since 2007

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    "He does it again"

    The story was excellent. Lots of twists and sarcasm. Glad to see James Marsters back. No one performs it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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