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Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,906 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After being murdered and then brought back to life, Harry Dresden soon realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could mean the deaths of millions.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent an apocalypse, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound infinite powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.


INCLUDES AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEXT DRESDEN FILES NOVEL


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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: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • 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: #2,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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249 of 259 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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114 of 125 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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75 of 83 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars its great
excellent comeback for Harry Dresden after his failed attempt to take his life. Just cannot wait for the next novel.
Published 8 hours ago by tom kephart
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this series!
Excellent book! I can't wait to read the next one! This series is wonderful and I recommend it to anyone that loves supernatural, mystery and action genres.
Published 10 hours ago by Nicole Durachinsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but it seems to meander around.
Good but it seems to meander around. Also Dresden never seems to get smarter or wiser in either his personal life or professional.
Published 12 hours ago by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite characters...
Couple of serious issues... you can NOT jump off the back of any Harley, (leaping off sideways high enough to knock someone off a horse), without totalling the bike, don't care who... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Arwythur
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant as always
The "Dresden files" have been a staple of mine since the first book caught my eye. Until this most recent book I have the entire series in paperback. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!
I am ready for more and I just hope it keeps coming because the stories are just naturally human, Awesome !!!
Published 3 days ago by Harold Blankenship
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall, but I have misgivings.
Cold Days still has a lot of the things that make The Dresden Files great. It has awesome action, great quips and touching moments between Harry and his friends. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Philip Norsworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Just read the damn thing
Though Harry stills seems to be getting the short end of the stick in more ways than one. I love how this book displayed the love between him and Thomas.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Butcher just gets better and better
Love all the Harry Dresdon books, real page turners. All the characters have been well established throughout the series but there is always something new in each novel. Read more
Published 7 days ago by ANN MARIE O'BRIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Jim Butcher delivers with every Dresden file! I love this series. The characters are well developed and then plots work well in each book and over the whole series.
Published 7 days ago by Katlee
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More About the Author

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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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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