Book Review – Cold Days

#14 in The Dresden Files series.

While at his most vulnerable, Harry turned to Mab for help, but what will it cost him? Chicago’s only professional wizard has a whole bunch of titles to his name, but adding “The Winter Knight” may end up being more than he bargained for. As old, calculating enemies have closed in their ranks and threaten to destroy Harry’s city, his friends, and his daughter, he must navigate the twisting truths of the She and figure out who has been pulling the strings. With only 24 hours to stop the imminent disaster, Harry must resist giving in to the raw power of his new mantle and keep hold of his very soul while saving everyone he loves most.

This is probably my favorite out of the whole series. It’s no secret that I like my powerful protagonists a little dirty and rough around the edges, and Harry with the influence of the Winter Knight’s mantle is nearly perfection in a leather duster. I cannot wait to see where Butcher takes this storyline in the next books.

We see a bunch of old characters in this one, and each play an important role. It was a joy to see Butters again, and as has been a theme in the last few recent books, Molly’s growth has been exceptional. She is going to be an interesting one to watch in the rest of the series.

The one thing that I didn’t really understand was that there was an obvious absence of the White Council. If Harry came back as the Winter Knight, they’d surely know and I don’t know that they’d be too fond of his new (reluctant) ties to the Queen of Air and Darkness as her champion, whose whole purpose is to take unquestioned orders as a type of assassin. I’ll assume that him being back for only 24 hours wasn’t enough time for the Council to react and I expect we’ll see whatever fall out this brings in the next book.

The relationship stress in this one was a little meh for me. Harry & Molly? Yes please. Harry & Karin? Eh, that ship sailed 10 books ago. Let’s please move on. I liked her better with Kincaid anyways.

This one gets a 5 out of 5. I know I’m late to the Dresden party, but if you haven’t read them yet, please do. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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