5bat! Review: COLD DAYS (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher

December 6, 2012 Review 4

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Cover by Chris McGrath


(The Dresden Files, #14)
by Jim Butcher

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (November 27, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451464400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464408


Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sexual Content

Kissing, references to sex/sexuality



After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.


Harry lives! Not since Buffy came back from the dead have fantasy fans been this excited to have a beloved character rise from the grave.  Leave it to Jim Butcher to find a way to revitalize and reinvent his series so that even after thirteen books and countless short stories, it’s like we’re meeting Harry for the first time.  COLD DAYS is a wonderfully refreshing game changer for The Dresden Files series.

So what’s changed for the newly resurrected Harry?  He’s not a wizard for hire anymore, he’s the unwilling Winter Knight to Queen Mab of the Unseelie Court.  This is more than just a title as Harry is compelled to carry out Mab’s orders and we see him begin to change and take on traits of the persona of the Winter Knight. That’s not to say he’s become a completely new character.  Harry still throws out lovely little morsels of pop culture/geeky references throughout the story, and he’s still the snarky, gritty, tough as nails wizard we’ve all come to love. To use a Dungeons & Dragons reference, Harry has leveled up in his powers and abilities since becoming the Winter Knight, and those abilities allow for some fantastic new Winter fueled magic usage in his fights against bigger and badder villains then Harry has faced before.

And Harry isn’t the only character who has changed…some in more shocking ways than others by the end of the book. I loved seeing how everyone turned out during the time Harry was presumed dead and seeing each of their reactions to Harry’s sudden return to the living was very touching. While old friends are featured in COLD DAYS we get introduced to quite a few interesting new characters of whom I am excited to learn more about as this series continues.

Overall, The Dresden Files is one of the defining series in the urban fantasy genre, but Jim Butcher is proving in COLD DAYS that he’s not about to become complacent about that fact.  COLD DAYS is an amazing whirlwind of epicness and a reboot for The Dresden Files. It’s hard to imagine what could possibly top the events of the past few books, but the ending this time is nothing short of jaw dropping.  Mab herself couldn’t keep me away from the next book in The Dresden Files series when it releases in 2013.

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4 Responses to “5bat! Review: COLD DAYS (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher”

  1. noa

    Awesome review and thank you for sharing ours as well. I’m so happy i got to read this book. Love Harry!

    • Kristina

      Welcome and thanks! This book was a lot of fun to read and I actually had a hard time putting down just how much awesome was in it. 🙂

  2. Nae

    It was a completely awesome book. It blew me away in some aspects. I love it!