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Cold Days Online

by Jim Butcher

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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 wasnt all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicagos 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 wasnt 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 wont 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 will preface this with the fact that I am a Jim Butcher/Dresden Files fan. This review is for the Audible version of the book, I only listen to books these days. Cold days takes us back to the corporeal world and Dresdens reuniting with his friends and fellow masochists. I think the story line a bit on the weak side but the twists and turns make up for it. As always Jims characters are always rich and fleshed out very well. His writing style is very comfortable to navigate. The cadence is a steady full steam ahead with the car crashes being properly proportioned to the wide range of action. Although I think Jim makes Dresden into a bit of a whiner at times, the 'poor poor me I get everybody killed' spiel gets old. For Gods sake he kills BIG bad nasty's all the time. The return of James Marsters reading is the icing on this cake, the man has this scene down. Marsters execution of the characters is a wonder to the ears. If you are in to Chicago, Fairy, Wizards, Lions Tigers and Demons Oh My. You'll enjoy this ride.

In 2007, the Dresden Files premiered on TV and introduced me to the world according to Jim Butcher. As with all good series, the studio muckety mucks canceled the show but it was too late. I was hooked. Jim Butcher wrote the first of his Dresden series, Storm Front, in 2000. Cold Days, published last month, is book number 14. Cold Days follows Harry Dresden from the grave back to the living as he begins learning his new role as the Winter Knight to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness. I could say it has plot twists that make you nearly rip the paper off as you turn the pages. I could say the surprises and mysteries make you gasp audibly. And the humor. My Sweet Babboo wondered what that the heck was going on when Id LOL while reading the book. Any good novel has all of that. The difference is in my reading style. I read fast. And if the storyline or writing turns blah, I mostly skip ahead. Like whole paragraphs. Then pages. Sometimes I snarl and go to the end to see

who dunnit. My highest recommendation is for those books that kept me on the page, reading every word. That is Cold Days. Jim Butcher delivers again.

Boy, Butcher certainly knows how to let his characters suffer. Which is a good thing, all in all. A lot of authors are overly protective - their protagonists getting into scrapes and then instantly recovering or pluckily working their way out of them again, because they're the hero, Goddammit! That's what heroes do! Not so, Butcher. In just the last few books, Dresden's found out about a daughter he has with his ex-girlfriend who's staving off vampirism, had his home blown up, broken his back, sold himself to the Dark Side of the Force Fae for the power to save the world and his daughter, murdered his ex-girlfriend to do it, had himself murdered, become incorporeal, returned to his body and forced to serve the fairy queen, and now... It just keeps going. And he doesn't always recover, which is great. There are some things that are disappointing, but as he's not just giving people what they might want, it makes for a better story. There's an edge of anticipation, because you really don't know what's going to happen next. Yes, he has power, but it has limits, and with things getting worse by the minute, what's going to become of Harry? Will he change? The avenues of escape seem to close off one-by-one, and even some his motivation for wanting to escape seems to be taken. Part of what makes this series so compelling is that you truly love the characters and want them to be okay. And you know that they won't be.

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