Book Review

by Jim Butcher

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

2012 Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding Nominee

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Awe-inspiring storyteller Butcher continues to take both Harry and readers on one genuinely amazing journey. Harry Dresden’s choices, while made for the best reasons, never go as planned. But you can always count on his wise-ass comments to make the experience hilarious — even in the midst of flat-out terror.

Harry Dresden is back — sort of. Forced to become the Winter Knight for Queen Mab, Harry attempts to regain the strength his body lost while he was dead. Meanwhile, Mab’s word is now Harry’s command, and her first order is for the assassination of an immortal. Of course Harry is not simply going to take Mab’s order at face value. And he certainly won’t let go of his free will without a fight. But that problem pales in comparison to the magical conflagration that is building — one that could destroy Chicago and everything Harry holds dear. (ROC, Dec., 528 pp. $27.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ROC

Published: December 2012

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(3 ratings)

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Cold Days

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 17, 2014 - 1:27pm.

After the events of the last book in the series, Wizard Harry Dresden wakes up inside Faerie's Winter Court. He is the new Winter Knight and Queen Mab has some tasks for of which is killing an immortal. Harry returns to Chicago and reunites with his friends, getting their help with the current mission. He also visits Demonreach, the island where his body resided during the last book. There he finds that things are not going well; an evil may be unleashed on Chicago unless he can stop it.

This book relies heavily on the previous books in the series, especially Summer Knight. If it has been a long time since you read that book, you may want to brush up on it. This is not a book to pick up and jump into the series. Start at the beginning. My only problem with this book was the heavy faerie storyline. I'm not a fan of faeries and my mind tends to wonder since they talk in riddles and rarely give a straight answer. Other people love the faeries, so I figure it's only me and not a problem with the book.

It's so nice to have Harry back. I wasn't a big fan of the last book, but felt this one was back up to the high standard of the series. I loved seeing Harry being reunited with his cronies. The scenes between Harry and his half-brother, Thomas, were very thought provoking. We see how things could have been different if Harry had just used his head. We also get some scenes with Bob, Butters, Mouse, Mac, and Murphy. I'm so glad everyone is back in this series. This book also has some surprise plot twists, and sets up the story for the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.