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You can't keep a good wizard down - even when he wants to stay that way.

For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago's only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.

Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and dispatches him upon his fir
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 515 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Did I mention that I got to read an early version of this a couple months ago?

I did. I *so* did.

Even in its rough form, it was awesome. Jim never ceases to amaze me.

In closing, I know things that you do not. Wonderful things. Terrible things.

For the rest of you, the book will be out in late November.


P.S. Muahahahahaha!
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fourteen books in - and with the slight nostalgic sigh I realize how much the stakes have been raised as this series flew ahead, never losing its way. We are playing with the big kids now, aren't we? And things get real.
"Power corrupts - and the people being corrupted never seem to be aware that it's happening."

And things stopped being simple somewhere along the way, and have begun to weave themselves into a complex tapestry, tucking in the loose ends throughout the series, and the storyline has
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...takes deep breath...I'm feeling alright at this time so I better get this reviewed before the cravings and shakes start again. I got the latest volume in Jim Butcher's Dresden series, and finished it. Now the waiting begins, the continual search for some book that's remotely like the Dresden books, nearly as involving "brain candy" as Dresden, something to stave off withdrawal. Many of us who follow these books live in great fear for Mr. Butcher. Will he be safe? How's his health? Maybe h ...more
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dresden fans
I dream of an urban fantasy novel that celebrates humanity in its many shapes and backgrounds.
I dream of an urban fantasy that integrates folklore, the myths of world cultures, the tricksters and thieves and intelligent life in many forms.
I dream of kindness paying unexpected dividends.
I dream of an urban fantasy that moves me, pushes my boundaries, questions my institutional beliefs as much as The Sparrow did, a book that left me an emotional wreck.
I dream of an urban fantasy that doesn't make
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Far the best Dresden Files book since Summer Knight. A great recovery over the disappointing Ghost Story. Lots of new revelations. Can't wait for book 15 tho as Nicodemus is expected to be back

Read my full review Cold Days Review
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was certainly a Dresden novel. It was entertaining, up to a point.

I feel like Butcher has lost control of the Dresden Files. This latest novel was overburdened with self-reference and pop-culture references. It creaks under the weight of established continuity.

It's been clear for a few books that Butcher is attempting a sort of sleight-of-hand stasis for Harry, and with this book it goes into the deep end. Harry is no longer the plucky underdog fighting the good fight. He's now one of the m
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Another great book in the Dresden series! Harry Dresden and his gang of misfits just keep getting better with each book!
All of the plot twists with Winter and Summer made this book fantastic. The last 30% of the book was nonstop action and I just kept frantically turning the pages. There are so many unanswered questions with the way this book ends and of course I'll be reading the next one in the series. Butcher does it again!
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
First off, since when did "training bra" become one of Molly's tags? Because eww, gross, stop it. I get that this is supposed to convey how Harry still sees Molly as the child he first knew her as, but could we vary how he expresses this sentiment a little, please? And maybe stop dragging Molly through the mud while we're at it.

This novel was okay. I wouldn't say this series jumped the shark yet, but it's veering precipitously on the edge. Here is everything I found wrong with this book. Spoiler
David Monroe
::EDIT:: 12/01/12 -- NAILED IT!!! WowWowWowWow!

Yeah, yeah. I didn't like book #13 (Ghost Story), but I love this series and its characters. I'll give it a chance. I got some push-back that I just didn't like change. I like change. That's been one of the great things about this series. It plays out over time. It's been 12 years since the first book and it's been 12 years since those events have happened to Harry. He and most all of the main supporting cast have changed and grown. Not always for
Rimsha Salam
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During Reading:

How does Jim Butcher do it how HOW !!
this book is so goooooood!!


Cover's out, cover's out, COVER'S OUT!!!
(Composing my self)
is it just me or does Harry look like Tony Stark in this?
i think Jim is trying to send us a message maybe Harry is also "IRON MAN"

but he can't be Iron Man because he can't go near machinery but maybeee... that's
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series is probably my most treasured set of books. I love these books, every single one of them, but my favorites were Dead Beat and Changes.

I'm not going to hope that Jim Butcher hurries. I want him to take his time and write it how he wants. But there are times I do wish I could skip ahead to when the book is released and start reading it already! :)
Lauren Stoolfire
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is one of my all time favorite series. I have no clue why I put off reading Cold Days for so long because it was an absolutely fantastic return to Harry's Chicago (and the Nevernever) - I actually had to give myself a bit of a refresher. Anyway, Harry and company have gone through some pretty major changes, but they're all in top form even if they've changed a bit along the way. As awesome as all the action, magic, sense of humor, and mystery are, the characters ...more
Executive Summary: If you read The Dresden Files and haven't read/started this book, why not? If you're on earlier book..hurry up!

If you don't read the Dresden Files? Why are you reading this? Go get Storm Front right now, so you can start catching up!

Seriously, I'm just amazed at the way Mr. Butcher has evolved this series over the years, still going incredibly strong with the 14th book in the series. This has easily been my favorite series since I discovered it a few years ago.

Audio Book: I'm
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, urban-fantasy
Normally when I read a story, they follow a sort of pattern: second half gets more action than first half; between 75 -85 %, the peak of the action and then a slow descent to the conclusion. But it appears no-one told Jim Butcher!
This book was fantastic and the action was non stop. This series seems to be getting better and better!
This story opens the world of Harry Dresden even wider and he, again as the under dog, back again with his friends around him, struggle to complete a seemingly impossi
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: definite-re-read
Hanging out for this one. I don't want JB to speed up his writing and reduce the wonder that is Harry, but really, I could read a new one every week (I'd say every day but I need to work to pay for books...).
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*********Gushing review alert**********

So good, so very good. I honestly don't even have the words.

Whenever I lose my faith in books, whenever I think there are no original stories left to tell, all I have to do is look to The Dresden Files.

These books are everything.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that these audiobooks have changed my life. I dream of these characters. I hear their voices in my head. I find myself grumbling, "EMPTY NIGHT!" when I'm mad.

James Marsters has changed my life. J
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Dresden has jumped the shark. It's fallen into the trap that so many supernatural procedurals do - progressively and exponentially overpowered characters, steadily expanding retinue into a cast of thousands, and increasingly ludicrous enemies and plots in order for the overpowered character to have a "believable" adversary.

It's no longer a loner-solves-a-case series, it's an EPIC BATTLE FOR ALL OF EXISTENCE! EVERY BOOK! series. Which is not inherently bad, but it's a very different beast and it
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry, war
Hells Bells count: 35

Sometimes I wonder how much Jim Butcher had planned in advance. I mean, this is book number fourteen of a series that's been going for twelve years. Whether he's got a giant, intricate plot map pinned up along the walls of his writing office or he's making things up as they go along, I'm impressed. As we get further into the exciting life and times of Harry Dresden, one thing that is clear is that the series has always been moving in a very clear direction, and that the thin
Tim The Enchanter
Brain Overload....3.5 Stars

What is going on with this series??? While I appreciate that the author has begun a new story arc, he has done it by taking away from Harry Dresden much of what made him who he was. The change in Harry's life is so drastic that that I feel disappointed with the lack of familiarity.

Plot summary

Harry Dresden is the now the official "Winter Knight". The great and terrible Mab, after nursing him back to health and strengthening his body, resolve and magic, sends him
Just assembling some thoughts:

There was something missing from these later books that I had trouble putting my finger on until I went back and listened to some of the earlier ones. The qualities about Harry that really made me love him as a character aren't present anymore. I agree with some critics of the latest books that he's too over-powered. He almost doesn't even need to think before he destroys something. Even though he was careless, he at least had to brain himself out of more than a few
টানা তিন দিন কাজকরম সব শিকেয় তুলে দিনরাত কমবল মুড়ি দিয়ে হাতে টযাব নিয়ে গড়াগড়ি খেতে খেতে হিম শীতের মধযে একদম মানানসই নামের একটা ইবুক ধুমিয়ে পড়ে শেষ করলাম গতকালঃ দয ডরেসডেন ফাইলস সিরিজের ১৪ নমবর উপনযাস "কোলড ডেইজ"। নতুন করে অতিমাতরিক বিশেষণে বিশেষায়িত করার মত আমার সটকে আর কিছু নাই, শুধু বলতে পারি বইটা নিঃসনদেহে সিরিজের অনযতম শরেষঠ কাহিনী (মনতবযটা মনে হয় রিসেনটলি শেষ করা সিরিজের অনযানয বইগুলোর বযাপারেও করতে হয়েছে)। যেমন টানটান উততেজনার শবাসরুদধকর রোমাঞচ, তেমনি মাইনডবলোয়িং অযাকশন-পযাকড, পলটের চতুরদি ...more
I honestly didn't think anything would be able to top Changes. It was just so emotional and... Full of change (yep, I went there). But damn. Just damn. Cold Days didn't just top it for me, it blew it out of the park.

All of those little things in the previous books that didn't make sense? The things I just kind of went with assuming I had missed something? Those questions are all starting to be answered, and on a totally epic scale. I feel like this entry in the series just took Dresden from and
Kevin Xu
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The best Dresden book even. This book has so many plot twists and turns.
Deborah Markus
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-fun
In a huge improvement on my usual behavior, this library book is merely due rather than actually overdue.

(Bows modestly; pretends to be overwhelmed by applause. Catches thrown rose and tucks it fetchingly behind her ear.)

Anyway. Harry Dresden – and so far as I'm concerned, Jim Butcher – have got their groove back. After a couple of dire, big-fat-bummer books in a row, this one's lots of fun and I've got the quotes to prove it. None of which I'm going to incorporate here, since I already wore out
Maggie K
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
ok, so maybe my expectations were too high. I mean, a lot of people whose opinions I respect have been rating this 5 stars and gushing how it's the best Dresden yet.
So I am reading along, happy to be back in Dresden world but not seeing anything TOO awesome, and am thinking this will be a 4, as usual.
Then all of a sudden Harry is fighting Kris Kringle. Seriously??? Santa Claus??? I admittedly passed judgment, rolled my eyes and downgraded it to a 3. I mean, Green's Darkside has the monopoly on t
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure what I can say about this series that I haven't already said. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. It has been a fun and entertaining series. The audio performance by Jame Marsters just adds to the enjoyment. Sometimes, things just all line up and it is almost pure perfection. I'm going to be sad when I finish the series and I will actually have to wait for the next one with all the others that have gone before me. I'll be in good company......right Sonja?
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Okay, come on," I said. "You're going to buy me a lawsuit, Bob."
"Hush, Harry. Or you'll go to the special hell."
I blinked at that, confused. I'm not supposed to be the guy who doesn't get the reference joke, dammit.

I find it … yes, inconceivable that Harry Dresden has not seen Firefly. That's terrible. Someone get him a shielded DVD player, stat.

Somehow I seem to read the Dresden Files at just the times when they'll hit me hardest.

...I could almost pretend I was there again. That I was home.
Mr. Matt
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2013
I was both pleased and disappointed when I reached the end of Cold Days. I was pleased because I was done, and disappointed because one of my favorite series is definitely taking a turn that I dislike. I've ripped through each of the Dresden books. I've enjoyed following the characters in the living, breathing, plausible world that the author created. I think that is over now.

In Cold Days Harry yet again assumes the mantle of "The One" - this time while also donning the mantle of the Winter Knig
***This review contains a spoiler for the previous book in the series***

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…

3.5 stars. As usual for a Dresden book Cold Days has some surprising twists. I'm not sure how I feel about all of them. This one did seem to drag on at the end. It was still highly
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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