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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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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 11-29-12
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The most awesome book since Changes"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I liked all the really twisty turns in this book that turned in ways I didn't expect and I really like how James Marsters is really putting his all into improving his voices. I mean butters was different and very distinct this book.


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

    Kris Kringle hangs out at the Winter Fey court.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where we finally get to see the Outer Gates and get a real understanding of the Outsiders and their threat to Dresdan's world. It really showed the Lovecraftian influence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, yes a thousands times yes. I got it midnight as it was released Tuesday morning and have been listening to it almost non-stop since Tuesday and today is Wednesday at 8:30 PM.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book, buy the whole series on audio. Its fun and interesting and it only improves with each book. But do yourself a service and make sure to start at the first couple so you get all the in jokes in the later books. But even if you don't each book is a pretty good place to start since Jim Butcher really prepares the reader with information at important scenes so new readers aren't lost.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George Hartsgrove 11-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "And I thought the story was over"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    And you thought it couldn't get worse for Harry


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mouse of course, I wish I could have a dog like him, after that Harry because he is always cracking jokes just like me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry, I just want Harry to get clear of all the troubles, but then the books would be no good. From the first word to the last this is one book I don't stop until it is done.


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't think much life could be left in this series. I was wrong! This book sets up for a long future and I will happily keep buying these books.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 11-29-12
    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 11-29-12 Member Since 2009

    "reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.

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    "I WANT MORE!!!!"

    I am so glad to have Mr. Marsters back! I really don't like to put in spoilers in my reviews so I am going to tread carefully. It is wonderfully action packed and full of Dersden one-liners. It seems like it might be moving away from the white council but waiting for the next book is going to be agony!

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 12-03-12
    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 12-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Too Much Boilerplate and Not Enough Fresh Ideas"

    We (our household) have listened to all of the Dresden Books over our stereo system, and with the exception of Ghost Story, they have been declining in their ability of hold our interest. We are becoming very tired of the stock descriptions of women in his stories, in particular, the fae women and of the same tired one-liners. The book did have some interesting parts, and we continue to enjoy most of the characters, with the exception of Karen. Dresden’s meeting with the fae mother’s and the gate-keeper is interesting and well worth reading. However, some bits were parachuted in the story and did not seem to belong in a Dresden book; for example, his discussion of homosexuality did not fit into the story. We will buy the next book, but we will not eagerly anticipate its release because this book relied on too much boilerplate material and there were not enough new or fresh ideas in the writing.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Troy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-27-12
    Tom Troy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "dissapointing"

    The voices are not pleasent to listen to and the story does not have much depth.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 12-03-12
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I absolutely LOVE this series."

    Book 14 is right on. To truly enjoy listening to Dresden's adventures, I recommend that you read or listen the previous books. If you don't many of the characters won't make sense.

    Jim Butcher has created new challenges for Harry and James Marsters is again the perfect narrator for this series. Glad he is back. I give this audio book five stars, three snaps and a circle. Haaaaay!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tolleson, AZ, United States 12-03-12
    Amazon Customer Tolleson, AZ, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't wait for the next one..."

    Really enjoyed this one. I was a little disappointed in the last one but this one has Dresden back running from one dreadful encounter to the next and yet he still comes out heroic(ish) in the end. Most of my favorite characters are back in key roles, at least those that are close to Dresden. But best of all there are lots of laughs which is one of the main reason I enjoy this series. And I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that James Marsters is back!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-02-12
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "It's wonderful to have the gang back again...."

    I love the series and I love the narrator. The continuing saga of Dresden and the magical community continues on in the same great tradition. I hope we get to listen to at least one or two more!

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    troy Canada 11-30-12
    troy Canada 11-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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    "Dresden Doesn't Disappoint - Jim Butchers rocks it"

    I love the Dresden files books. This story is somewhere between love letter to Dresden Fans but then it kicks up all the mythology of the world.

    This story takes us back into the Dresden's world, we get to explore the mantel of the Winter Knight, reconnect with friends and allies we met over the books, and then we even get a Great Hunt.

    Jim Butcher can tell such a great story. I would consider him one of the master story tellers in our generation. This series is well crafted.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Maricopa, AZ, United States 11-30-12
    Susan Maricopa, AZ, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Much awaited and I read it much too fast"

    I have awaited each new Dresden book with much impatience and then I am thrilled with each new chapter. Then of course I come to the last page and am filled with grief and remorse I did not make it last longer. Butcher has made Dresden alive to me, all his little foibles and strengths are all upon a page, but he is real in this context. I was frustrated with some of the scenes, but then if all had been perfect or gone as I had wished it would not have been as entertaining. Dresden fans will be pleased with this new offering. If you are new to Dresden files, start at Storm Front. Not saying this book cannot stand on its own, but would be much more clear if you were familar with the proceeding books. I find I am envious of someone just coming on the Dresden scene, so many books await you! If you should now of another series as entertaining, I would love to hear of it! Enjoy fellow readers, this book is worth the credit and more. I will wait impatiently for the next such.
    Also I recomend these other authors, just not quite as highly as Jim Butcher
    Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Larry Correia and so many others.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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