Book Review: Cold Days

February 5, 2013

I have been reading more slowly than usual–too tired by the time I get to bed to read!–but I finally finished Jim Butcher’s Cold Days last week. As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of The Dresden Files, and I couldn’t wait for the new book to come out. While I enjoyed the book, it was different from the others in the series I have read.

When we last saw Harry, he was waking up after a coma/near death experience to begin his new job as Mab’s Winter Knight. In this book, he, and everyone he is close to, needs to come to terms with his new role and the power that comes with it. The previous Winter Knight was something of a monster, and Harry doesn’t want to go down that same path. However, the urges that come with the power are difficult to resist.

And that, perhaps, explains the change in tone. This book is darker and more violent than the ones that came before. Not that the others didn’t have swearing, and sex, and violence, but they seemed more intense here, more primal. This was definitely a book for adults, and I found myself wishing for the old Harry.

But perhaps that was the point. The old Harry is gone, and this Harry is darker and more intense. The readers have to get used to it as much as his friends and family do. And that is not the only adjustment readers will have to make before this book is done! The bulk if it takes place in a short span of time, and a lot happens!

I am intrigued to see how the series progresses from here. This is definitely a turning point. The main question is how Harry will hold up–will he be able to remain himself, or will the mantle of Winter Knight destroy his soul. And, I am thinking, as Harry goes, so do the readers.


Kim Harrison

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