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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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    Amazon Customer troy mi usa 12-27-12
    Amazon Customer troy mi usa 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.

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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 12-03-12
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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.

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    Daniel Corona, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Daniel Corona, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Best series EVER!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    Nothing


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

    I am very glad they brought James Back.. He delivers the best performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Very simply, PERFECTION.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 11-29-12
    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Dresden Book Yet"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    "Summer Knight" which WAS my favorite book in the series until now.


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

    No, two.


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    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12
    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not what it used to be"

    I have loved this series, but am losing interest. Butcher's expositional style, his pausing to explain and belabour every point is getting pretty tiresome.

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-29-12
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good, but with some reservations"

    If you are new to the series, this is potentially a good place to start if you don't want to start with book one.
    If you are returning to the series, I don't see why you are bothering to read reviews. This is a very good series and (in my opinion) this book is good, equaling and possibly exceeding my other favorites Dead Beat and Ghost Story.
    Specifically about this book, much like Changes, things change. We start to learn the scope of the Black Council. The ending was very, very well done. I felt bad for the antagonist, which is to say I empathized with him/her/it. Finally for the good parts, I feel Butcher finally allowed Mab to show her less-murdery side, and he sold it well.
    One of the initial bad things I noticed was that Butcher didn't really set up well the ending. He could have done more for-shadowing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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