Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Cold Days

Cold Days
Cold Days by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, fans of the Dresden Files, people who enjoy stories involving the Sidhe

My Thoughts: First of all, if you haven't read any of the previous books, be aware that the synopsis below is absolutely full of series spoilers. Won't spoil this book, but then again, if you haven't read the previous books, you really have no business reading the review for the latest, now, do you? So, be aware, and don't come crying to me about spoilers. You have been warned.

So, this book was, to a large degree, the most hilarious in several books. And the most tense. Things are ugly—very ugly—but you know Dresden. The uglier it becomes, the mouthier he grows. I really enjoyed the Cat Sith; what a great character!

There were a few places that didn't make much sense to me. Like, when Thomas and Harry were under fire on the boat, why didn't Harry put up a shield to block the bullets? (Trying to be vague here to avoid too many spoilers) Little things like that.

But all in all, this was an awesome book. I'm so bummed to be finished with the series until the next comes out! There are questions left unanswered that I really, really want to know about. This is a fast-moving story, mostly taking place over a single day (the first three months are heavily condensed), but an absolutely awesome story. Love it! More please, now!

Disclosure: I purchased this book new in hardcover for myself. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: 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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