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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
If this was a film you would need Michael Bey to direct & a $200 million dollar budget. But he would no doubt lose the books heart. In my view it is often diminishing returns with long running fantasy series.I never know if this is because authors run out of ideas, or become a bit lazy & treat the work as a cash machine, or if as reader familiarity starts to breed contempt. But Butcher just keeps getting better & better. I could not put this book down. It is a great roller coaster ride with some big twists at the end leaving me desperate for more. Please Jim Butcher another one soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2013
I love Dredsen and yes this book is enjoyable but I just found certain parts of it long winded and not really the right time or place for it for example the whole gay relationship saga part just felt a bit trying too hard to address current issues when it wasn't needed and there are better places to air your opinions.

I will however contine to read Dresden but feel that the books are coming to their natural conclusion and if htey should end in the next one or two then I would be left happy, feeling that the characters were put to bed at the right time without going stale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
Devoured this book, Jim has brought a new lease of life into the wonderful world of Dresden. The characters and wit remain but the arena is getting larger. I thought there would be a more sedate story following the previous two books a sort of gentle intro into Harry‘s new life, Jim had far grander plans and the new Winter Knight has a whole lot on his plate and a frenzied time scale to achieve what seems impossible. Already gagging for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
I was not really keen on Ghost Story but this book is a massive return to form. The fact that this series is 14 books long and I pre order the book waiting by the door for it to arrive says it all. This book finally gives some of the big answers to big questions, some huge changes and character development. I can't say much about the story without spoiling it so I wont, I`ll just say read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
I've been a fan of these book for awhile now &was starting to worry that after so many book the writing would suffer. I WAS WRONG! This could be the best book yet. It's funnier than the last it got some ridiculous fighting scenes that are amazingly written. As a girl I always want a bit of romance in my books (I know, I know! I can't help it but why can't Harry &Karin get it together!?!) This book has a smidgen of that too! I'm not going to give away plot because I hate it when reviews do that! If you're a Dresden fan you'll love it & there's no need to worry about the quality of writing!!

If you havnt read the other books I think it would be difficult to get to grip with the characters & some of the plot. I'd say to new Dresden readers if you don't want to go back to the very beginning of the series (I'd suggest you do though because they are all really good!) I'd start at Changes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2012
I will keep this short. If you have read the previous Dresden Files installments you cannot help but read this newest addition to the series. You will not be disappointed. If you haven't read the previous books and are thinking of giving them a go, do so, but start with book one. You are in for a treat. I could say more but it would be completely gratuitous.

Simply put, Mr. Butcher has written a great story with compelling, vibrant characters. I simply cannot wait for the next book. Really really good stuff. I just turned the final page and I cannot express how happy I am that this series is still as fresh as it was when I finished book 1.

5 beeping stars!

Now the wait begins...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
Brilliant. Tried to ration myself but to no avail - it's all gone now. More flashes of humour than in the last couple of books - actually giggled uncontrollably on more than one occasion. Superb storyline as ever and nice to see so many regulars - and also cleared up a question about a previous 'baddy'. One of the best authors ever. More more more please.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 November 2013
One of the strengths of the Dresden Files is the continually evolving storyline and the growth of the characters. In no story more than Cold Days is it easer to see just how far this series has come.

When the series started this was just a detective procedural with a twist, now fourteen books later it is an epic fantasy in a contemporary setting. Harry Dresden who was once just Chicago's only practicing wizard is now also the Winter Knight who has been through so much he has literally been to death and back. He has evolved with his modest talent to become a central player in a game that involves the most powerful of immortals and it takes this series somewhere truly monumental.

This book which deals with Harry's first act as the Winter Knight challenges what we have learned so far about the universe this book is set in and as such it breaths new life into a series that has never been lacking vitality in the first place.

As ever I have finished the book eager for the next and being as I have been late coming to this series I have had the pleasure of not having to wait for sequels as I could read them back to back. Now however there is a few months break and I am not sure I can wait that long.

Overall this novel is another excellent addition to the Dresden Files and another great read. The only flaw I have with it and this series as a whole is the continued existence of the will they won't they relationship between Harry and Karrin.

It is getting to the point where their relationship is actually getting in the way of the story as the author has to manufacture reasons for them to not be together. They obviously want to be together, the readers want them to get together so I see no reason why they continually draw it out. By my reckoning in their world their relationship has been in this status for more than a decade if not close to fifteen years, surely that is long enough to get a final resolution one way or another so that the story can move on.

It is not enough to sour these books though so this one is another five star outing for Harry Dresden and co.
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on 1 October 2013
If Cold Days is the first Dresden Files novel you're contemplating buying, feel free, but make sure you buy all the other books in the series and read them first, or much of the humour -and all the reveals- will be lost on you. For old hands in the Harry-verse such as myself (and countless other fanatics), though, some are pretty cool! I thought when I finished Ghost Story that it was going to be a hard act to follow, but Butcher has risen to the challenge and raised his game. I wouldn't recommend starting this book until you've made a large pot of tea (or otherwise organised your reading-drink of choice), taken your phone off the hook/switched it off altogether and cancelled any/all plans you may have made for the weekend. Because you won't be able to put it down again. At least, not easily.

Any number of (frozen) chickens are coming home to roost in this fantastic instalment: so many, in fact, that I began to lose count of them all, though will doubtless track them better once I've avidly re-read it a few more times. Harry is no longer the sometimes-bumbling, always well-meaning supernatural gumshoe he was of old. Stuff has happened (for more details, see Butcher's previous published works) & he is not the only one who's changed as a result. The scene is set by the opening in Arctis Tor, stronghold of Mab, the Faerie Queen of Air & Darkness. Harry is now the Winter Knight & not particularly happy about it, but ... well, trapped in the role.

Butcher spends a fair few chapters trying to embed Harry in his new world, & I think the party scene drags on a little too long (five chapters or thereabouts: really, Jim?) but stick with it. For me, & I'm guessing many others, the book really begins to come alive and starts ticking over (just like the crocodile: you'll get that once you've read the book!) when Harry slips through a portal back onto his home turf of Chicago & discovers, with a familiar sense of wry resignation, that things are exponentially worse than even his newly-extra-cynical self has been led to believe. If you know Butcher, you'll be able to guess that the plots, sub-plots, twists, turns and psychotic breaks begin to come thick & fast from there on out. I'd suggest you sit back & enjoy the ride.

Harry as Winter Knight is darker, less goofy and considerably less naive than in former times (& books). This leaner, meaner version takes a bit of getting used to & you can see/sense Butcher planting the seeds of future trouble liberally amongst the rollicking narrative (parasite on the brain, anyone?), which has always been one of his best and favourite ploys. I am expecting Ferrovax to show up any day now, put it that way. Harry's sense of humour has not quite atrophied, but is colder and edgier than of yore: no bad thing, perhaps, but ... slightly disconcerting, sometimes. On purpose, of course: Butcher manages to write very casually, but is always on the ball. Pay attention, or you'll miss stuff.

As Winter Knight, he's picked up a few new sidekicks; most notably the fabulously psychotic and sardonic Cat Sith, King of the Malks and feline wizard extraordinaire, who effortlessly steals every scene he's in; but it is when his old allies begin to gather that I started to get very happy with the writing. His Little Folk minions, enslaved by the pizza he's been bribing them with for years, show up trying to drive his new ride & stick around to watch his back ("Lean forward a bit, my lord!"). He hooks up with Bob pdq & a slightly less crazy Molly drags his ass out of trouble & greets him with a Star Wars quote, just to remind him he's home.

Expect to see Thomas, Murph, Butters and Mouse back on the case, too: the first and last were the characters I was most glad to see again. Also, in an intriguing and very tantalising twist (damn you, Butcher, you wily genius) Mac, the monosyllabic tavern-owner and micro-brew specialist is revealed as, we may have suspected, even more of a mystery. A few hints are dropped, but his secrets are yet to be revealed.

With enemies aplenty, a guilty conscience and eventually a brand new leather coat (yay!) Harry tears around wearing himself out, desperately trying to keep a lid on any number of crises. Demonreach is in the mix, with trouble brewing below. Faeries galore, the Summer Knight (remember Fix?) is gunning for him, the Wild Hunt is on the loose with Santa flanking the Erl-King & the Outsiders are back, trying very hard to run rampant. Fights, magic, relationship ambiguity & Bob quoting "Firefly" (a reference Harry himself doesn't get, though it made me squeak): it's all here.

One of the many joys of the Dresden Files series is the way Harry is constantly evolving, changed by his adventures rather than simply shrugging them off and moving on to the next wacky scenario: it's never the same old, same old. Nor do the characters around him remain the same: everyone is subject to change, to having to live with the consequences of their own choices and actions, as well as his. Nothing is simple here, nor easy, which keeps you coming back, keeps you wanting more. Jim Butcher is a master of his craft by now, & long may he reign.

Buy. Read. You won't be sorry.
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on 22 March 2013
I'm a big fan of the Harry Dresden series, and each book in the series seems a step up from the last. This is no exception. Its the 14th book in the series (not counting the short stories) and again its excellent. The story lines from the very first book onwards fit well together, and escalate to danger, the stakes and the resources needed to fight off yet another apocalypse, at just the right pace.

Harry has had a major boost in the power stakes he's now the winter knight, with all the power of winter at his back. However that also makes him a big target for all the enemies of winter, plus all the members of the winter court. But hey what's a Harry Dresden novel without everybody wanting to kill him. Added to that we discover more about Harry's island and why he's known as a warden. WE also find out more about the outsiders and the big enemy the previous books have alluded too. Needless to say Harry's had a major power boost but now the bad guys are from the really big leagues and Harry's struggling to stay in the game.

All the normal wit, humour, pop and geek references that you associate with harry are present, as are the frantic edge of your seat action scenes that are Jim Butcher's trade mark in this series.

If you've liked any of the other Harry Dresden books you'll love this. If you've never read them before I still think you will find this a fantastic book, a compulsive page turner, and a definite permanent addition to anyone book shelf.
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