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Cold Days – Harry is back with vengeance…kind of.

Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher
My rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Cold Days being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

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…

I definitely liked this installment better than the previous one. Harry is back in the world of the living and he has all his powers pack and then some. He also got his sharp tongue back. Pretty much everything is back to were it should be…almost.

Unfortunately Harry got him self into a bit of a pickle. This of course more or less the normal operating procedure of Harry Dresden but this time he is not operating on his own but are forced, due to previous sins, to work as the Knight of the Winter Queen which limits Harry’s freedom quite a bit. The fact that his first task is to kill an immortal is of course not simplifying matters.

Not very surprisingly Harry goes about it with his usual, shoot first, shoot later then shoot some more tactics. Unfortunately he also seems to have gotten back to his habit of getting sucker punched every so often and spends quite some time being shot up in various ways. I have to say that I was a wee bit disappointed at this. I was hoping that he, as the Winter Knight, should have been able to deal out a bit more damage than he did. He generally had to rely quite a bit on his friends, to which the relationship have gotten complicated to say the least, to do the fighting for him.

On the plus side a lot of his friends, not so much friends and (temporary) allies are back. I especially like Vadderung even though his appearance was fairly brief.

As usual there are a lot of action, quite some. Investigative work and plenty of entertaining dialogue in this book. The story is quite interesting and it does indeed move the general story as well as Harry’s relationship with the various actors forward by a fair amount.

I could have been without Harry being suckered as much as he was but on the whole this was a quite entertaining book. More so than the last book in the series. There were quite a few twists in the story, especially at the end. I do whish that Harry gets free of this Winter Knight role though. Either that or that he gets some more power so that he is not “just” a subordinate of Mab.

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