Review – Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Posted February 9, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review – Cold Days by Jim ButcherCold Days by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #14
Published by Penguin Audio on November 27, 2012
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 18 hours 47 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

I had such a good time with this book! I have been having a fantastic time re-reading this amazing series. I spaced out my re-reads of the early books in the series but I have really picked up the pace with these later books because the stakes are higher and I cannot wait to read more. I have now read the first 14 books in the series twice and I care about Harry and his ragtag group of friends so when things look bad for them, I need answers as soon as possible.

Harry’s bargain with Mab that he made a couple of books ago is now in full effect. Harry is now serving Mab as the Winter Knight. After he is healthy enough to fulfill his duties, Mab gives him his first task and it seems to be almost impossible. Since Harry has never been one to follow orders blindly, he starts trying to figure out what is really going on and what his next move should really be. He is reunited with some of the friends that he has come to depend on like Molly, Thomas, Karrin, and Butters.

This book had all of the action and excitement that I have come to expect from the series. There were even some pretty big surprises. (Yes, I was surprised even though I have read this book before. In my defense, it has been 9 years since my last read and my memory isn’t what it used to be.) We get to see some of Harry’s insecurities and he once again proves just how hard he is willing to fight when he needs to. This was a book that I couldn’t wait to read and one I didn’t want to put down once I started.

James Marsters is Harry Dresden. I couldn’t imagine experiencing this story any other way now that I have had the privilege of listening to Mr. Marsters read this series. He brings so much emotion to the story and I love the voices that he uses for the various characters.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This is a series that really should be read in order so you wouldn’t want to start with this book. If you have made it this far into the series, you will probably be just as happy with this book as I was. I cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series!

8 responses to “Review – Cold Days by Jim Butcher

  1. You and a few other book buddies always make me eager to explore Butcher’s works. I’m just so intimidated at starting a series though.