Harry Dresden is back, and mostly kicking! Being reunited with the body he is pretty fond of comes with a price; he now wears the mantle of the Winter Knight, the burden he tried so hard to avoid. Something is badly wrong in the Winter Court of Faerie and it’s now his job to solve it. The pay freeze sucks though.
After the emotional overload of Ghost Story it was good to get back to a more ‘normal’ Harry (read those quotes as huge honking flashing ones!). Apart from the first few chapters, the majority of the book takes place in a very short space of time, so the pace of the story as you can imagine is pretty much full on, breathtaking, balls to the wall action.
To say Harry is on a huge learning curve would be an understatement but he still manages with gusto, witty comments and his own imitable style. He gets reunited with most of the people I have grown to love and I consider them to be an integral part of Harry’s world. Things changed however during the course of the previous book so it’s not just Mr Dresden who is learning a new way.
There are so many things I want to mention about this book but they would be complete spoilers so I will just say this – The things… that happened! OMG NO WAY! and finally, Awesome!! I think that about covers it
I loved Cold Days so much, Jim Butcher’s writing style is so distinctive yet eminently readable and the flow just drags you in deeper, while the charm wraps itself around you and before you know it, you are caught. Add in the laugh out loud moments, the pop-culture jokes, the shocks that smack you upside the head but then make complete sense and you have a book that stands head and shoulders above anything else in the genre.
I think Jim Butcher is holding out on us, I think he is a wizard and enthralls his readers, with his books as spells. Or you know, he is just an awesomely good writer ;) Either way, you need to read Cold Days! If you haven’t experienced Harry Dresden yet, track down a copy of the first book Storm Front and get started, you won’t regret it! I can’t recommend them highly enough.