Bookgasm: COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher

Posted 20 November, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

Be forewarned. This review contains spoilers for previous books (but not this one. Promise). What? This *is* book 14.

COLD DAYS (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy
528 pages, hardcover
Available November 27, 2012
Publisher: Roc/Penguin
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review


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.

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.

Harry’s back! Harry’s alive! Harry’s no longer a ghost floating around Chicago, trying to convince his friends that he’s standing right next to them and that bad things are happening. He has his magic back with a bit of extra oomp.

And, through a series of unfortunate events, he’s bound himself as Winter Knight to Mab, the ridiculously beautiful, powerful and rather bat-shit crazy Queen of Air and Darkness. *tisk* Harry, Harry, Harry. How do you get yourself in these crazy situations with seemingly no way out?

To top it off, Mab’s ordered him to kill someone who’s practically impossible to kill. Oh, and multiple creatures want him dead. Life is nearly back to normal for Dresden.

This series is a must-read for urban fantasy fans, driven by a fabulous main character. Harry Dresden delivers blazing-fast, snarky dialogue filled with wit and sprinkled with nerdy fan-boy references. When he’s not running for his life or trying to control his baser urges (so hard *heh* when faced with all the gorgeous creatures trying to bed him), Harry’s growing into the wizard he was always meant to be — powerful and intelligent while still looking out for the little guy and holding on to his soul with both hands.

Accompanying Dresden on his quest to avoid Mab’s orders for as long as possible while saving his beloved city from destruction are Major General Toot-Toot of the Little Folk and his intrepid troops, apprentice wizard Molly, brother and vampire Thomas, the kill-you-now-or-kill-you-later Cat Sith, and a few more of Harry’s friends. But that’s a small company when you’re trying to defeat a big bad that will take out much of the Midwest when it blows.

One of the most anticipated reads of the year, COLD DAYS is best read when you have a nice fire to curl up next to and hours to lose yourself in a story that will keep you on tenterhooks from beginning to riveting, hair-raising end.

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12 Responses to “Bookgasm: COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher”

  1. I’ve never met Harry Mary! *sobs at my failure* How is that possible? I’ve heard such amazing things about this series, and I have to say, I’m very glad he’s back to being alive:) Always good to have the MC be alive in his own series!

    • JENNY! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? Harry’s fabulous. Of course, I’d never want to date him but I wouldn’t mind having him on my side when fighting the good fight. TRY it, hopefully, you’ll love it.

  2. I didn’t read you review. But I got this for review and I still need to start this series! Remember what you were talking about in the previous post? Yes, this is one of those series just sitting on my shelves. I even have like the first 6 or so of them. I SO want to read them!

    • Oh, yeah. I have so many series on my list that I need to read BUT I HIGHLY recommend this series — pick up one of those books (just not the newest one…too many spoilers) and you’ll inhale the rest of the series like good chocolate.