Cold Days (Dresden Files Series #14) [NOOK Book]

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After being murdered and then brought back to life, Harry Dresden soon realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to ...
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Cold Days (Dresden Files Series #14)

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Overview

After being murdered and then brought back to life, Harry Dresden soon realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could mean the deaths of millions.

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

His soul.


INCLUDES AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEXT DRESDEN FILES NOVEL
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Editorial Reviews

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Harry Dresden has come a long way. From those long ago days when he was leading a (relatively) quiet life as a Windy City wizard, he has been murdered; revived; and now, in the 14th Dresden Files novel, has become the very reluctant servant/hired killer of Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. One of the most eagerly awaited installments of this bestseller series. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Library Journal
Harry Dresden is alive! But despite being returned from death, things aren’t looking up for Dresden. He is now the Winter Knight at the beck-and-call of Mab, faerie Queen of Air and Darkness, and she wants him to do the impossible: kill an immortal. Secondly, Demonreach, Harry’s getaway island, is under siege from some powerful outside forces and is keeping a dark secret Harry must protect. Fighting enemies new and old, with problems building and time running out, our hero must also battle within himself to keep the Winter mantel from consuming his soul and turning him into a merciless and evil killer. Verdict Butcher’s latest installment (after Ghost Story) in the “Dresden Files” series will keep readers invested from start to finish with lots of action and an ending that will have them craving the next title. With a colorful cast and laughs throughout, this series will appeal to readers interested in urban fantasy or Kim Harrison’s work. Though Butcher’s loyal fans will be craving this one, it is relatively easy for anyone to pick up and start the series with this book.—Brooke Bolton, N. Manchester P.L., IN

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Kirkus Reviews
After several months being mostly dead (Ghost Story, 2011, etc.), Chicago wizard Harry Dresden's back in his body…and of course, back in trouble in the 14th Dresden Files novel. Harry's attempt to have himself killed and thus avoid becoming Queen Mab's champion/assassin, the Winter Knight, has failed, and his first target is Mab's daughter, Maeve. That means he must figure out how to kill an immortal faerie while defending himself against the vicious, treacherous nobles of the Winter Court and the suspicions of the Summer Court. Harry also learns the disturbing true nature of Demonreach, the sentient island in Lake Michigan now under threat from the demonic Outsiders. If he is to surmount these multiple crises in the next 24 hours, he'll have to regain the trust of his old friends and allies and master the skills and unsettling desires associated with the Winter Knight's mantle. Harry's struggle to reconnect with his friends, in the wake of their devastation at his death, the progress they've made without him, and their fear of what he's become, are very real and poignant. Butcher also plots a long, long game, beautifully integrating small elements from the very first installment onward and gradually revealing their significance. But given that he tries to be so careful about these details, it is a shame that he isn't assisted by more rigorous copy editing to clean up the continuity errors which continue to riddle the series. For example, it would be lovely if Butcher would explain how faeries, for whom the merest touch of iron and its alloys causes searing pain, can drive/ride in cars and operate various types of guns. None of that, however, will stop readers from grabbing ringside seats the next time Harry Dresden goes forth to stop the apocalypse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101617007
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #14
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 5,817
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head, so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. 
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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olso

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

    THE DRESDEN FILES is one of my absolute favorites and I don't wait long to read the installments when they're released, so to say that I was a bit giddy after receiving an ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review would be an understatement.

    I settled in as soon as I could with it, and 100 pages in I was already saying: "The brilliance of Jim Butcher & the fantastical world of Harry Dresden never cease to amaze me! 20 pages in I had counted no less than 3 pop culture reference, laughed audibly at least a handful of times, shook my head with wonder & wanted nothing more than to call in sick & read for the next 18+ hours straight"

    Upon completion of the book 2 days later, my exact words were: "5 stars isn't nearly enough for a book that had me laughing, crying, gasping, and so much more. And only Jim Butcher could give me 515 pages of so much goodness that it was almost overwhelming, yet leave me desperately wanting more after the last page was turned. Just...wow!"

    This release had it all and then some! This review isn't even going to begin to do it justice...

    One statement could sum up this book: Harry's back - bigger and better than ever!

    The reference humor was stellar, the action, as always, was intense and mystifying, the intrigue and mystery were compelling and gripping and every last page left me wanting more and there were more than enough surprises to go around.

    In true Jim Butcher fashion, Cold Days starts quick, builds steadily, grows to an almost combustible crescendo and then closes with a sequence of events that literally had my heart racing and me screaming out loud in outrage, shock, and frustration.

    Well over 10 books ago I would have said that I didn't think it could get any better. I'd have been wrong. It has, it does, and I have a feeling it will continue to do so.

    LITERAL ADDICTION gives Cold Days a WELL deserved 5 Skulls and strongly urges anyone who hasn't read The Dresden files to start, and soon. This series is epic and will continue to be an easy favorite and an automatic auto-buy for me.

    36 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Can't wait...

    Thank the fairie Queens Harry is back on the job! So looking forward to this next installment!

    20 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Frustration with Preorders

    I'm sure this would be an amazing book if my nook would stop telling me its only on preorder! I want to read it desperatly, however my nook won't allow me to. Never preorder anything on your nook it doesn't work right.

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    As a Dresden Fan, I'd like to start off by quantifying my favori

    As a Dresden Fan, I'd like to start off by quantifying my favorites - that will give you a clue as to where I stand on Jim Butcher's famous detective. Small Favor and Changes. There. Now on to Cold Days, which is now also a favorite and probably shoves Small Favor down a notch.

    Cold Days is an absolutely chaotic masterpiece of both the paranormal and detective worlds. Jim Butcher, who has honed his craft for over a decade brings us a warped, tangled web of insanity that could only have come from the faerie realm. True to his characters, Butcher plays with your emotions as Mab orders Harry to kill an immortal being, only to have Dresden come under the awful suspicion that Mab herself is the problem. From a series plot arc perspective, more is revealed about the overall situation, Demonsreach, Rashid the Gatekeeper, MacAnnaly, the internal workings of the Summer and Winter Courts, making Cold Days into one of the most informative books in the series if, like Harry, you're trying to get the bottom of why everything has gone wrong.

    Harry's struggle to deal with mantle of the Winter Knight is a constant battle against the same forces he has always repressed in himself, and he never comes closer to growing that goatee and wearing black silk. As for Harry's female problems, nothing is solved, in and someways, made infinitely more complicated. The ending of Cold Days had me rocking in shock, my hand over my mouth as my heart both broke and burst at the same time. Cold Days may not be Butcher's masterpiece novel, but it's damn close.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    I am one of the people that was more than a little disappointed

    I am one of the people that was more than a little disappointed in Ghost Story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, just not as much as Changes. It is just my opinion, but this book leaves even Changes behind in the dust. People are killed, both friends and enemies. Harry is going to have to learn to come to terms with the mantle of the Winter Knight, or he is going to continue to get his a## kicked left and right. We learn the story of Demonreach. Harry is a freaking wuss in regards to his daughter. (My main complaint with the book.) Harry's relationship with the Carpenters is probably going to be changed forever. The ending will tear your heart out. Harry decides that the best way to deal with one of the most feared and fearsome creatures in Fae is to point a gun in their face and threaten to blow his or her brains out.

    Oh, yeah, you may never look a Santa Claus in the same way again.

    A word of advice to those that had problems pre ordering the book on their Nook. I have learned not to pre order. I just called the book up on my Nook at 12:05 am, ordered, and started reading. This way seems to work out best.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    $15 for an ebook

    Get real you greedy pigs. I guess i'll just have go to the library. See how that helps your bottom line.

    7 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Wow!

    I just finished this book and i will have to say i am greatly impressed. I literally could not stop reading, the excitement and tension built up to a palpable level and the whole story was superb. Well done Mr. Butcher

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Saved from the waste that was Ghost Story, that's about all I ca

    Saved from the waste that was Ghost Story, that's about all I can say. Ghost Story was a huge let down, this picked the story back up and makes it worth continuing with the series. And for once, I didn't see the ending coming like 20% through the book. It ended with a twist I didn't foresee, and that's a rare and good thing. If your a Dresden Files fan who was sitting on the fence because of Ghost Story, chuck GS in the trash and forget if ever happened. This is the book that we should have gotten last year.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    I would have given this 5 stars, esp after ghost story being wha

    I would have given this 5 stars, esp after ghost story being what it was, ( even though it took great talent to write it I simply didn't enjoy it like the rest of them series.) Except Butcher was so greedy ( for a wider audience) or politically motivated that he *HAD* to include his views of gay rights in a fantasy novel. A vile action in it's self, it ruined the whole tempo of the book. Throwing it from fantasy to real world issues and in a manner that is offensive. Come on Butcher, leave those things for the news to talk about. Stick to the awesome story telling in the future, or at least don't spout something so counter to most of your memorable characters. . I gave this novel 2 stars for poor form on the authors part. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. Now I need to make sure my younger siblings do not read this until they are old enough to understand what you did here. Bad Jim.

    5 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Love Jim Butcher .... love this series.... and I REEEEAAAAALLY w

    Love Jim Butcher .... love this series.... and I REEEEAAAAALLY want to read this but at 15$ ...sadly, i'll wait.

    4 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Butcher is a great righter with a bad habit

    Spoiler my main issue with Butcher is he for continuation of stories will do what David Eddings does. He'll make an antaganist who's so powerful and adaptive, whatever the ending results, it can't possibly sound realistic even in buthers world. Butcher did it by FOC and he did it by WK. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book or the rest of the series, but it did taint that enjoyment.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Frickin Awesome read!!!

    Couldnt put it down, it was that great. And now I find my self wanting to punch a Queen or two. Lol Love this stroy line, it just gets better and better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Excellent Read

    Butcher does it again! Change is the only constant in the Dresden universe. Each novel reminds you why you love Harry and his friends. With each passing novel, Dresden becomes more confident in his ability to stick it to the supernaturals that want to end him or his world. Read it and you won't be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Loved the latest installment in The Dresden Files! Can I be cra

    Loved the latest installment in The Dresden Files! Can I be crass and say that I am on "Team Molly?"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Archive

    Issue with preorder? Archive the preorder and then unarchive it. It worked for me on Cold Days and Trapped.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    I'd love to talk about it, but my pre-ordered book did not ship

    I'd love to talk about it, but my pre-ordered book did not ship until nearly midnight of the release date, and I haven't received it yet. I pre-ordered to be sure I got it on the release date. Had I known the book would not ship until the end of that day, I'd have purchased it locally.

    When I've pre-ordered books from other sites, I received them on the release date.

    2 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Dresden is back...

    Always a good read... no if only 'Skin Game' were out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Love the whole series

    Some exciting things happen in this installment of the series. That's one of the things I love about these books. Butcher is always expanding his characters and not afraid to let them change and grow. I love how we see Dresden growing from a pretty good wizard to a really kick-ass wizard. This seems uncommon in most fantasy books I've read. Usually the wizards are all already old and powerful (like Gandalf or Merlin). Here we get to see the growth. I'm always impressed by the complexity and depth of the world Butcher has created.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Butcher pens another winner.

    Harry is back from the dead now and continues the fight against evil, injustice, and boredom. This novel is not quite as strong as some of the other titles, but is still a good read. Harry continues to amuse us with his steady repertoire of wise cracks, and the dark humor of a man with too much responsibility on his shoulders.

    The action is good and there is plenty of it. You finally find out what all of the previous books in the series have been leading up to and why Harry's character has been developed along the path he has chosen. Yes there is a central theme.

    There is some interesting character development throughout the book. You learn a bit more about Mab and another 'lil guy who has been present throughout the series but in a very minor role.


    If I have any criticisms about the book is that Butcher struggles a bit to bring nearly all Harry's allies back into the book and it feels a bit crowded in that respect. Another thing is that I really never felt like Harry was as intensely desperate as in some of the other books. The tension is there but it is so drawn out as to make the reader somewhat numb by the time the real showdown starts. The plot follows the pattern of the other books with a slow build up to a big-time brew-ha-ha at the end, adding in lots of other small conflicts along the way. If you liked the previous titles from this series, you will like this one too. I would never recommend starting with this book although Butcher recounts some of the most important plot development to-date. I had a good time reading this book and look forward to the next title.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I have read almost all of the Dresden books and have been a mild

    I have read almost all of the Dresden books and have been a mild fan; they are fun and easy reads...however this book is very different and pretty much not so good. In fact I got about 85% through it and stopped. It's so wrapped up in the creatures of Faerie and all of that, it loses it's grounding and there is no compelling mystery or narrative. I'm a Dresden reader and I got lost with Butcher throwing all these creatures into the action...it's the human story that is totally missing from this one. I do not recommend it, and felt insulted by it. Sorry, Jim.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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