Thursday, 29 November 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Dresden Files 14: Cold Days - Jim Butcher

Release Date: 29/11/12


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 first mission - to bring death to an immortal. Even as he grapples with the impossible task, Dresden learns of a looming danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan, a place whose true purpose and dark potential have the potential to destroy billions and to land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known - even deeper than being dead. How messed up is that? Beset by his new enemies and hounded by the old, Dresden has only twenty four hours to reconnect with his old allies, prevent a cataclysm and do the impossible - all while the power he bargained to get - but never meant to keep - lays siege to his very soul. Magic. It can get a guy killed.


To be honest here, I had hoped to save this book to pick me up at a time when I was at my lowest, yet there’s something about Jim Butcher that is like Chocolate to the readers soul, its addictive, it brings characters who’ve become friends to life and when added to a kick ass plot where anything can happen (and usually does) really gives the reader a hell of a ride for their money.

As with each of the books, the challenges that Harry faces have been increasing in difficulty as his powers have grown which when added to the difficulty of his personal life really makes this something unique. Throw into the mix a really annoyed Fae Queen, a war about to explode and Demonreach on the edge of a Mount St Helen’s Eruption and this tale makes a fine addition to that collection. An ideal Christmas gift for anyone who loves Urban Fantasy, so good in fact, I suspect that Santa will be delivering a few extra presents to many households during the festive period.

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