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
TOTALLY!!! Probably my favorite book in the series now!
"Wait, you work for me?"
"I prefer to think of it as managing your incompetence."
Marsters is a king among orators. He keeps getting better with each year.
Molly... the end... ouch...
READ IT!!! ... ...why aren't you read it yet?
Like a lot of folks, I was worried about where Mr Butcher was going with cold days after the silliness that was Ghost Story.
You may relax. Without giving away too much, Harry is back in action, the plot is back on the rails, and his character still makes sense. In fact, things are starting to come together. This book is so packed full of action, plot, and individual character development, describing any more real detail about the story would give too much away, especially to those who have come this far.
The writing itself is on par with the best of his work, with great pacing and dialog. One note, I believe Butcher is going through some kind of a stage, (or harry is, depending on how you look at it) because there are more notable uses of the fbomb in this Dresden File than any other. Not a problem for me, I felt it helped give this book a bit more flavor, But some may find it distasteful.
James Marsters is back and gives the performance we have come to expect from him in the Dresden Files, a fantastic one.
In all, I was delighted with this book, with so many moments that I found myself exited or laughing aloud for harry and the gang, it has become one of my favorites. Hats off to Jim for pulling it back and kicking it in gear.
A fantastic return to the mortal world for our favorite supernatural P.I. Harry Dresden. In typical Harry fashion, he has no time to sit on his heels as he hits the ground running as soon as he returns to Chicago. Great listen, Marsters does an outstanding job as usual. Great seeing most of the old gang back in action, and seeing how they react to Harry being alive (again). The action was pretty crazy, although a few times here and there it seemed these last minute escapes by Harry to win the day were a bit too...convenient? No spoilers of course, nor did it decrease my massive enjoyment of this book by any means, just an aside. This is a fantastic series. My only sadness is that I have to wait another year or 2 for the next one.
A storyline that comes to a conclusion, and the ominuous beginnings of a new one.
Great chracterization and voice used for each of the characters, and I can totally see Harry sounding as Marsters portrays him.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
If you've read the series then you know there are some excellent stories with many twists & complicated plots ( White Knight, Blood Rites, Proven Guilty are some of my favorites). Cold Days definitely fits this definition & is one of the best in the series. Harry is now the Winter Knight & he is doing a balancing act between protecting his friends & serving Mab, the Winter Queen. Can't give away anything but I will say as usual there are several plots going on at once! Lots of unexpected turns! This book sets the stage for new dimensons with Harry that we have not heard before. Lets hope Jim Butcher does not conclude the series at 25 or so books as mentioned on his site.
The narrator is one of the best so it made the audio very easy to llisten to. I am glad Marsters is back on this series! He is the voice of Harry Dresden.
Relief, gripping, enthusiasm (for the remainder of the series)
Mab. She has so many facets of her personality, Cold Days kept me guessing till the end what her true intentions were.
PHENOMINAL! James is the only reason I listen to the audio versions of Dresden and will continue to do so.
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
So happy to see Butcher back to form. Ghost Story felt like a throw-away, the story is the weakest of the series and the loss of Marsters for the audiobook was devastating. Cold Days was fantastic and reinvigorated my love for the Dresden Files.
Ghost story while being a good book put a lot of the Dresden plot on hold and slowed down the action. Cold days picked both of those things up... way up. I look forward to the next one!
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Dresden fans- you were wondering how on earth Harry would manage being his new job and still retain his humanity? Zap. Wow. Pow. In classic bumbling Harry style, it's not what you expect and takes 10 turns along the way. Comic moments break up the harder times and I did find myself laughing at some truly silly imagery.
Highest praise always goes to James Marsters for his incredible characterizations- the ones I will always hear in my head now.
Truly this novel doesn't stop for a minute. Action packed, twisting and the classic, "Why ME??" moments. Several background characters move to the front in this novel answering questions (well somewhat) that have been hanging around for 13 novels.
I have nothing but positive things to say about this novel. I lived and breathed it all my waking hours until I finished it.
One of my favorites.
Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.
Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.
After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.
It puts all the past books to work in a way that can only keep you ready to eat every word,
Absolutely. The series is a wonderful blend of humor and humanity.
Can't say as it would spoil the plot, but there's a scene at the end between two characters that will break your heart a little.
Wow. His everyman, smartass take on Dresden. The world-weary strength of Murphy. The unsureness on Molly. The emotion he brings to the big scenes. He's simply the perfect narrator for the series. No slight to John Glover, but Glover's Dresden feels more like Butters - the whole character becomes older, less wisecracking and more clinical. Marsters brings the characters and the scenes to life. All readers read differently, but I know I'd have missed a lot of the emotional nuances of many scenes had I read the book. Marsters brings it to life. I don't know of a better compliment to pay James Marsters other than to say that he's no longer Spike from Buffy to me. He's Harry Dresden.
See the memorable moment. Plus the entire Wild Hunt scene, where Harry fights a rather unexpected tubby guy.
Brilliant writing by Jim Butcher, who manages to take a wholly supernatural premise and make it as down to earth as the city he obviously loves, Chicago.
Just to be fair, I'll say this - I thought this book dragged in places. I'm not sure there was much to be done, though. When you kill the main character and go through an extended goodbye like Ghost Story, and then you bring him back again, with a major change to his character (hello caveman Winter Knight), you gonna have some splainin to do.
I'm looking forward to the remaining books in the series, though I dread the eventual end. I also cannot urge Penguin Audio enough - sign Marsters up for the remainder of the series. He's too good to let go.
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