Eclectic Reader Challenge: Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #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. 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 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.

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Title: Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14)

Author: Jim Butcher

Published: 2012 by Roc publishing

Time it took me to read: December 28 – December 31

I’m finding it really hard to write a review about this book. Because how do you write a review about a book that is part of a big series without giving too much away about the books that have come before and about the overall plot. But I’m going to try anyway.

After some previous stuff has gone down, Harry is now the knight of the Winter court. Which means he is under the command of Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Mab gives him an assignment to kill an immortal. Of course, this seems impossible, right? Well, if he wants to survive, he’ll have to find a way. Of course, at the exact same moment, all this other stuff is going down as well and Harry pretty much needs to split himself up into 100 different pieces in order to fix it all. Oh, and it all takes place within 24 hours.

Those who read my post somewhat regularly know that I adore the Dresden Files. If you don’t read my blog regularly, you can also tell that this book was awesome by the fact that it took me only 3 days to read it. Cold Days is a continuation of the awesomeness that is Harry Dresden. I really was very pleased with this book after its slightly less awesome predecessor Ghost Story. As always, it’s full of great adventures and mysteries, plot twists, epic battles, mystical creatures and witty dialogue.

Build a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his life. Tao of Pratchett. I live by it. — pp. 45

“How busy are you today?” I said [to Thomas who had just been shot but he’s a vampire so it’s okay].

“Oh,” he mused. “I don’t know. I mean, I’ve got to get a new shirt now.”

“After that,” I asked, “would you like to help me save the city? If you don’t already have plans.”

He snorted. “You mean, would I like to follow you around, wondering what the Hell is going on because you won’t tell me everything, then get in a fight with something that is going to leave me in intensive care?”

“Uh-huh,” I said, nodding, “pretty much.” “Yeah,” he said. “Okay.” — pp. 182

[To Maeve, who showed up at his birthday party covered in nothing but diamonds and piercings.] “Hi, Maeve,” I said. “You know, I almost wore the same outfit. Gosh, would our faces have been red.”

The Winter lady [Maeve], Mab’s successor and understudy, completed the circle and stopped in front of me, just oozing pure animal attraction. “It is a birthday. I wore a birthday suit.” She took a deep breath, mostly for effect. “I hope you approve.” — pp. 28

There are many more examples but I can’t put them on here without having to either type entire passages or revealing too much of the plot. It is pretty obvious that over the years Jim Butcher has become an excellent writer who is entirely too capable to keep us readers on the edge of our seats throughout the whole book. If you’re familiar with the series (are you out there? Someone? Anyone?) please tell me what you think of the series as a whole and of Cold Days in particular. If you’re not familiar with the series, please give it a go. Please. Just do it. Do it now (imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice while reading this).

Oh and don’t watch the TV series. The TV series were horrible.

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Author: EMK

Just blogging away in my free time while I try to make something of my life

7 thoughts on “Eclectic Reader Challenge: Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #14)”

  1. I love this series! And I really liked Cold Days – I really enjoy the fairy plots anyways, but I thought it was particularly good. And Butcher was on top of his game with the cultural references. I’m really excited about how the plot lines are beginning to weave together. I wrote a review a while back on my blog – I borrowed an ARC.

    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment! Finally someone who loves the series, too! I really love all the backstabbing and double plotting in the fairy world 🙂
      I think Butcher really had a comeback with Cold Days, I wasn’t ecstatic about Ghost Story but I’m really really already looking forward to the next book! Can’t wait!

      What is your favourite book in the series?

      1. Hmm hard! I think Changes is my favourite, although I love everything with Mouse and/or Lasciel. I’m pretty much crazy about every book except Fool Moon. Didn’t like that for some reason.

  2. I love that you started reading this on my birthday. It was great right? I love all the little nerdy references Butcher gets in, “the tao of Pratchett” priceless.

    I kinda liked the TV series, I mean it bore no resemblance to the books but Paul Blackstone is pretty great so I got over that.

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