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Cold Days (Dresden Files (ROC Hardcover)) Hardcover – 27 Nov 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 515 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464408
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 15.9 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,324,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy."--"Booklist"
"Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today."-- SFRevu
"Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" starring Philip Marlowe."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden."--"The Washington Times"

Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy. "Booklist"
Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today. SFRevu
Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" starring Philip Marlowe. "Entertainment Weekly"
What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden. "The Washington Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest Dresden Files novel, a NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestselling hardback, finally arrives in paperback.

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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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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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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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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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Just loved this book. After the torture of waiting 18 months for it I tried to ration myself but read it in two days, now to start the waiting again for the next installment. So many fantasy series get stale after this many books but these are getting better and better. I don't know how Butcher still manages to surprise me after this many books but he had me utterly flabberghasted at the end. If you are new to the Dresden Files don't start with this book, go and buy Storm Front immediatly and fall in love with Harry from the begining, it's a rollercoaster ride that keeps getting scarier.
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