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
Marsters is Dresden. The dramatic pauses and flavor he puts into the character takes a great story and makes it even better.
I'm amazed at the consistent quality of this series. Many good series get overly complicated and fall off after a few books. Not this one!
After last year's "Ghost Story" left me really bummed out (the story and the only audiobook of the series without James Marsters), "Cold Days" more than makes up for it! Top notch story and the true voice of Harry Dresden!
The old Harry is back with even more power. He's once again trying desperately to balance "doing the right thing" with not going over to the Dark Side.
Harry Dresden and Sith.
Don't hesitate! Get it!
I am amazed the at the quality and uniqueness of each of the Dresden stories. I could not turn off the audio book because again the story pulls you into the lives of the characters and you live out the story. Fantastic!
Like a lot of people, I was disappointed by Ghost Story--the story was out of line for the series and I love James Marsters so I really missed his narration. Cold Days put the series back on track and Marsters in the driver's seat again. It was incredibly well written and full of surprises. Can't wait for the next book!
Yes - Marsters is back and better than ever ! I have audio and hardcover of all. Wish I had an autographed copy. Missed the signing in KC.
Each one in this series is good. All of them stand well. But, this just kept moving along at a great pace. Everything you expect from Harry and the crew. There really is not a comparison. Once you start this series, you are hooked. Only thing you need is some Wicca AA meetings while you wait on the next one.
This read is Grammy material
Yes I almost did. Even listened too during work!!
The gang is back, better than ever! Well done Jim !! Well done.
Of the 300+ titles I've purchased from Audible (42 this year), this is the best book I've read - ever. There are few books that I listen to more than once. I listened to this one twice in a row. Butcher kicked it up a notch this time around, with a deeper story line that resolves many questions (some of which were initiated eleven books ago), and begins many more questions. The plot is epic in scope, in accordance with Harry's new role as Winter Knight. It was fantastic that James Marsters returned for the audio performance. His voice is like your favorite pair of jeans - it just feels right.
If you're fourteen books into the Dresden Files, you've spent enough time with Harry and enough time listening to James Marsters to know the kind of roller coaster you're in for, and this one has some doozies. (If you haven't spent much time with Harry, I don't recommend jumping in here because while some of the earlier novels try to be jumping-on points, this one is entirely built on continuity you're assumed to already know, so it's easy to get lost if it's your first Dresden Files novel.)
The story is solid, though it tends to spin its wheels a bit in the middle, and James Marsters is fantastic as always.
James Marsters reading adds extra depth to the story.
Cold Days is an excellent addition to the Dresden files series. The story is complex and entertaining. It will keep you guessing until the end.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
A living, breathing Dresden. I love how Dresden reacts to his new role as Winter Knight and the first mission he is given by Mab. I enjoyed seeing the crew, Thomas, Karen, Molly, Butters and Mouse joining in and interacting with Dresden as he takes us through the murky world of Winter and Summer.
The reunion of Harry and Thomas. I really enjoy these two together.
James Marsters is Harry.
Yes, unfortunately I could not. The only thing I hate is that it eventually had to end and I have to wait a whole year for the next installment!
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