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Cold Days (The Dresden Files Book 14)

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

Jim Butcher
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The next thrilling Dresden Files title from No. 1 international bestselling author Jim Butcher

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You can't keep a good wizard down - even when he wants to stay that way.

For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago's only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.

Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and dispatches him upon his first mission - to bring death to an immortal. Even as he grapples with the impossible task, Dresden learns of a looming danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan, a place whose true purpose and dark potential have the potential to destroy billions and to land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known - even deeper than being dead. How messed up is that?

Beset by his new enemies and hounded by the old, Dresden has only twenty four hours to reconnect with his old allies, prevent a cataclysm and do the impossible - all while the power he bargained to get - but never meant to keep - lays siege to his very soul.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 510 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451464400
  • Publisher: Orbit (29 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091LLRQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Butcher still in top form! 12 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If I have any complaint about Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series it's that the books don't come out frequently enough.

This is the latest instalment, and after fourteen novels and assorted short stories Butcher not only continues to deliver top notch, witty but gripping urban fantasy, but manages to up the suspense and the stakes and keeps you compulsively turning the pages to see what happens next.

'Cold Days' sees Harry Dresden take on the mantle of the Winter Knight, pledged to serve the seriously menacing 'Mab, Queen of Winter' who's intentions are unclear and possibly maleficent, and he ends up battling the greatest threat he's ever faced.

If you haven't read any Dresden Files, you probably shouldn't read this book. Start at the beginning with "Storm Front" and read the novels in order, because there's a major story arc that progresses through the series. Having now finished "Cold Days", I can't wait for the next novel to see how things will develop from here.

If you like Dresden, you may want to read Kim Harrison's "Hollow" series, Bendedict Jacka's "Alex Verus" novels or Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series. They're good reads and help fill the void while waiting for Dresden's next adventure.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 29 Nov 2012
After a seemingly endless wait (im impatient ok) we finally get the next outing of Harry Dresden, and its worth every mind aching moment that i have waited. Getting Harry back in the saddle after ghost story was one of my concerns but the transition is smoother then i dared to hope for. The gang is present and accounted for with some wonderful tweaks and moments and the return of several excellent supporting characters. The action is ,as always, fast flowing and entertaining and in true Dresden style Harry lurches from managing one disaster to another with barley time to catch his breath and readjust to the new status quo. The end is spectacular reading with to much cool stuff to mention without abusive *SPOILER* tags everywhere.

Brilliant from start to finish, if anyone had doubts after ghost story then this should squash them, Dresden is back! (of course i now have another torturous wait till book 15....)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry is back! 10 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Harry is back from the (almost) dead, and is now having to cope with being the Winter Knight. It has to be said, we are kind of used to Harry making lemonade out of lemons, but it's always a great ride watching while he does it. When he accepted the Winter Knight's mantle he never meant to keep it - only Queen Mab has outmanoeuvred him so he's stuck with it. And now he's having to learn to use it without it using him.

And while he's doing that, he's got to stay alive in the Winter Court where killing people counts as after-dinner entertainment.

And he's got to kill an immortal - but which one, though? That's the million-dollar question, isn't it?

And then there's the whole problem of Demonreach.

While Harry is wrestling with his multiple problems and being beaten up by various enemies, Butcher is giving us more to chew on. We learn more about the Winter and Summer courts of the fae, and - hooray! - we learn more about the Gatekeeper. And why's he called the Gatekeeper anyway?

The series has expanded in scope over the last few books. Harry isn't just a wizard PI any more - he's a soldier in a war, and an increasingly senior one at that. The action in Cold Days mostly takes place over about 24 hours, so it's a pretty fast pace, but there's a lot in there that I think we will be seeing more of later. It's clear that Harry is going to be increasingly more important to the war (which war?) and that the stakes are going to keep getting higher. Other characters, too, grow and change - at least one other character getting a major life-change that I certainly hadn't expected.

Butcher has given us what we wanted - Harry's back in Chicago, and back with the old crowd. But the clock can't be turned back - the changes that started with 'Changes' are continuing, and I, personally, can't wait to see where Butcher is going to take us next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but missing the noir 9 Jan 2013
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Jim Butcher is an excellent writer and I have enjoyed the Dresden Files and his Furies series immensely. However, one of the main attractions for me of the former has been the amalgamation of supernatural fantasy with the wisecracking, noir-detective characterisation. Unfortunately,that connection has been drifting for some time and, with this episode in the series, is no more.

Harry is a Faerie Knight not a detective and the result is that this book, while maintaining writing standards, is nowhere near as entertaining as the earlier novels. Butcher needs to find a way of getting Harry back to his own "normality" as he is in danger of sliding into a kind of generic urban fantasy and losing his unique qualities.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant assortment of magic and mayhem 28 Nov 2012
By Bagsy
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I cannot recommend this book and this series enough. Jim Butcher has created a fantastic world within our own world and Harry is a hero who kicks ass. Cold Days pushes the series along nicely and you finally get to know who and what Harry is really up against (well sort of). Once again has to gather his allies and save the world all within a couple of days which results in Harry having to go from one crisis to another involving lots of mayhem along the way. I will not give out any spoilers but at the end something happens to one of the main characters that I don't think anyone who has followed the series will have ever expected - something that I assume is going to lead to a lot of trouble and heartache for Harry in subsequent books. If you have not ever read this series and you like magic, wizards, vampires, ghost, fairies (the homicidal kind) etc then start reading today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars what no sex
Jim Butcher never fails to keep me engrossed in his stories, but is he afraid of sex? poor Harry is he ever going to get his just rewards
Published 2 days ago by angela dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
blockbuster comeback for Harry Dresden!! Really enjoyed this book.
Published 3 days ago by james maddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Days takes Dresden further than ever
I have loved the Dresden files since author Jim Butcher sat his Chicago Wizard PI on the back of a dinosaur and aimed it at a bunch of bad guys on a picnic ground. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold
This was a really good read. The story wanders quite a bit but a suitable end. Not sure where it goes from here
Published 26 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
So pleased to get this one, I'm really hooked on this series, I'm mostly reading them on my e-reader but it's nice to have a hard copy backup for when the batteries are low.
Published 1 month ago by Vikka
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Dresden book!
The Dresden Files is one of the best set of books I have read in a while! There is nothing I don't love about these books!
Published 1 month ago by Becca Ingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read for Dresdon fans
Enjoyed this book as much as the first. The plot thickens with every story and never ceases to amaze and enthralled the reader. Tremendous story and a great plot as usual.
Published 1 month ago by stephen freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent page turner
Good characters and plot. Wanted to get to the end to see what happened. Anyone from teenagers up would enjoy the story
Published 1 month ago by jot16
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold days
I just can't get enough of Jim Butcher's books. I've read this book five times and even know I still learn some more new things about the main characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dresden files keep getting better and better
probably the best series of books I have ever read, the first three books are enjoyable but then the story really gets going and the characters have a lot more depth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs L Kay-McQue
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