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Cold Days (The Dresden Files, Book 14) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,191 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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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*Starred Review* Harry Dresden, the Chicago PI and professional wizard, has been having a pretty weird time of it lately. In 2012’s Ghost Story, Harry is trapped between life and death but on the trail of his own killer all the same; after discovering that killer’s shocking identity, he decides to let himself pass into death. But Queen Mab has other ideas, and that’s where the latest episode in the Dresden Files novels picks up the story. Mab, who has wanted Harry to be her hatchet man for a long time, has a job for him—several jobs, actually, a sort of shopping list of evil deeds, beginning with murder. Harry, basically a good man, doesn’t take killing lightly, especially when his intended victim happens to be immortal. Harry thinks there must be a reason why Mab wants this particular immortal killed at this particular time, and when he hits up some sources back in Chicago, he figures out she’s probably setting him up—but why? By this point, more than a dozen novels into the series, Butcher is pretty much assuming that if you’re reading the latest Dresden novel, you’re familiar with the ones that came before it. Readers coming to the novel without any previous experience might feel like they’ve tuned into an epic, multicharacter TV miniseries about halfway through, but fans of the Dresden Files, who have a lot invested in Harry, will be lining up to see whether he escapes his death as slickly as he did last time. Butcher remains the gold standard for urban fantasy. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Dresden Files started slowly as a paperback original series but eventually built an audience and moved to hardcover. From there, it was a short jump to becoming the quintessential urban fantasy. --David Pitt

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“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist

“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”—SF Revu
 
“If there is an author that defines urban fantasy, it is Jim Butcher.”—Fresh Fiction
 
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden.”—The Washington Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 2011 KB
  • Print Length: 529 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451464400
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090UOJAI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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259 of 269 people found the following review helpful
By daesim
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful novel that rewards longtime Dresden followers with callback after callback to previous events in the series (it especially demands a re-reading of Summer Knight in particular in order to fully understand who's who in its large cast of background characters, both present and deceased), and although it would be a poor idea for new readers to jump in at book 14 of a series as long as this one, the cast of characters are so well fleshed-out, the adventure so intriguing, the story so flat out entertaining, they wouldn't necessarily have to know absolutely everything about what occurred in previous stories to feel let in on the fun.

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files have always contained a wonderfully manic combination of screwball comedy, High Urban fantasy, and the detective genre. As is traditional in a good noire story, our lead is a capable protagonist who finds himself in a dangerous situation that is rapidly spinning out beyond his ability to control, thanks mostly in part to a cadre of dangerous women who run the gamut from murderous matron to femme fatale to a literal Ice Queen. Expounding upon his troubles are Harry's increasing list of character flaws. Although Harry possesses magic, he isn't particularly wise; Although he's intelligent, he's not a very good deductive reasoner; and even though he's become powerful due to deals brokered in previous books in the series, he's hardly an invincible combatant. What he is, is a man as prone to making things worse for himself through accident as well as intent.
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122 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh of relief that the series is back on track! November 27, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I had quite a few quibbles with the last volume, Ghost Story, so I started Cold Days with lowered expectations that it more than surpassed them bringing Harry back to form and thrown into the thick of all things paranormal. So my greatest fears that the series was ruined for me are unfounded at this point.

Dresden awakens inside Faerie's Winter Court with new powers and new debts that must be paid. Summer Knight was the volume that made me love the series since it broadened the Dresdenverse so much and Cold Days explores the politics and inhabitants of Faerie deeper than ever before. We see Mab in all her crazy glory along with nearly every other important figure including many unexpected personages of a magical persuasion. And when Harry is given a seemingly impossible task from Mab, of course, he gets drawn into even greater problems and old grudges back in the real world.

Harry has always been thought of a strong power in the past, but this supercharged version would have stomped on the young Dresden. There is still a heavy reliance on past associates including some that might have been better left out, but outside of that the action and detective work was incredible. Harry's magical island, Demonreach, is vividly explored with many of its secrets finally unveiled. Cold Days more than most any other volume has payoff and reveals galore for long-term series fans. Many of the dots that have been tossed Harry's way over the length of the series are connected to great effect and seemingly disparate cases finally make sense.

So if you're still hanging in there for the series, which I expect most are, Cold Days brings the series back to a nice high with plenty of laughs and things are on track for plenty more action.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Days is a return to form for Dresden* November 27, 2012
By Amerasu
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Since the book just came out, I will try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. I've read every book in the Dresden series and I feel that Jim Butcher is really starting to come into his own . . . especially in terms of how he handles the world-building/exposition aspects of the story. Ever since the events of "Changes" forced both the writer and his protagonist to stop relying on a variety of metaphorical (and literal) crutches, I've found the series to be re-energized. Personally, I was getting a little tired of stock descriptions of the Blue Beatle and hearing Harry pontificate on the mechanics of lifting an engine block. However, there are still some minor issues with the pacing - I found that "Ghost Story" dragged a bit, while "Cold Days" is more akin to a relentless steamroller of plot developments.

This installment reunites Harry with a number of his rag-tag band of allies (although a significant portion of the early chapters are devoted to events that take place in the Nevernever). However, a couple of key reunions are left for future books (hopefully). I am still concerned about the issue of "power creep" as Harry continues to gain access to more and more power, to the point that the Outsiders may be the only remaining threat that has any real weight to it. Granted, the mantel of Winter Knight is borrowed power and Harry makes a point of repeatedly mentioning how outclassed he is by his opponent(s), but I think he doth protest too much.

Butcher has repeatedly stated his intention to turn the Dresden Files into a 20-book series, and I have some reservations about his ability to continue to find new and compelling challenges for Harry & company to face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product, as expected.
Published 1 day ago by AussieinNY
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday Dresden - time to save the world
Happy Birthday Dresden, welcome back from the Dead, by the way you need to save the world today.

Another Harry Dresden knock-down, drag-out roller coaster ride. Read more
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Published 3 days ago by michael griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the series so far - major steps in the master plot
The plot becomes way more interesting and by far the most complicated. The master plot evolves way more than in previous novels. Way to go master story teller Jim Butcher
Published 4 days ago by Uri Kareev
5.0 out of 5 stars love the series
love the series , just wish Jim Butcher could write them and get them out more quickly. can wait for the next one..
Published 4 days ago by kimber kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Wow. Jim dresden is back in action and the plot just keeps getting twistier and twistier. Great read! Relieved it ties up a a lot of loose ends.
Published 6 days ago by lisa hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 9 days ago by Susan K. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, Awesome Buy
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files and this one fully delivered. Fan for life.
Published 10 days ago by James Bazhaw
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed the Harry Dresden series - hoping for more
really enjoyed the Harry Dresden series - hoping for more. great entertainment. only Jim Butcher could come up with some of the Marvel comics style hero writing - Harry's talents... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
He has a formula. It works.
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Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--
the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight,
he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every
book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and
the Lord of the Rings to his count.

So he was pretty much doomed from the start.

Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly
eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding,
stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery,
martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role-
playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and
eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other
up with boffer weapons.

So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and
frequently does.

He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and
horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until,
just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every
piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design
stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for
about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it
produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways.
The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.

She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on
writing.

Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of
live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition
riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly
ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch
doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in
the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.

He also writes books occasionally.

Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera.
He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in
Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer
Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league),
his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

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Regret years of supporting Penguin
Two of my friends illegally downloaded the last 2 or 3 or 4 Dresden Files books b/c of the price. I don't agree with them, but I honestly understand where they are coming from. Penguin isn't remedying the illegal DL problem with high prices. People are reasonable, in my opinion, and are more... Read More
Sep 26, 2012 by Chaos Eric |  See all 39 posts
They learned nothing
Yea, I bought the 2/3 of the current Dresden Files novels that were sold for like $7-$8, but not any of the latter ones.

I read Ghost Story from a friend, who himself rented it from the library.
Sep 26, 2012 by Chaos Eric |  See all 10 posts
Sad reflection on Amazon and Penguin
Amazon is opposed to this price scheme. It was forced on them by the publishers. Do not take this out on Amazon. Blame Apple if you need to blame anyone. The publishers actually made more money on the previous pricing model, but Apple would not enter a market where Amazon routinely sold... Read More
Oct 15, 2012 by Steven D. Lance |  See all 20 posts
Discrimination against overseas readers
Same here for german customers. Instead of $14.99 Amazon wants $20,51 from me for a kindle edition. Greedy bastards. The same disgusting story as with Ghost Story.
I will just stop reading the Dresden Files. No author is worth that money. No wonder so many people resort to pirating books.
Nov 27, 2012 by Martin |  See all 3 posts
I would gladly pay double for a Dresden Book.
Warren, don't give Penguin any ideas or you just MIGHT find yourself paying double!
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