Having survived his own murder and then a trip through the afterlife (or a reasonable facsimile,) Harry now is somewhat ready to face his sworn duty to the Queen of Winter, Mab.
At least, he better be. After all, it appears the whole world is going crazy. There is a conspiracy among the fae, and Harry will have enough trouble sorting out exactly who is on which side. He also has to kill Mab’s daughter, the Winter Lady, because either Mab or Maeve, or both are crazy, and may be under the mind control of the Outsiders. Not to mention, none of his friends or family know he’s actually alive. It’s just another day in Chicago for Harry Dresden.
In a way, this book feels like it’s tying up loose ends of the series, though I know there are already three more books written to date. Harry has a chance to revisit places he’s been and fought before, as well as come to terms with and forge new relationships with both old allies and adversaries. He seems to finally be coming into his maturity, and is just realizing, with the help of some very austere advisors just exactly how much power he has at his disposal thanks to events of previous novels.
Harry is a wizard, the New Winter Knight, and now the Warden of an island that officially doesn’t exist but holds a terrifying secret that forces from outside the universe are scrambling to unleash. He even edges closer to starting a romance with Karrin. Not bad for his first day on the job as the servant of a Queen the Sidhe.
As always I greatly enjoyed Butcher’s trademark style: his protagonist is as well known for his wisecracks as his courage, heroism, and enormous power. While Harry may finally be growing up from the immature lone wolf he was in the beginning of the series, the stories remain fresh as the author provides new plots, new situations, and new villains to torture him with.
I award Cold Days five stars, and am sad I am actually catching up to the end of the series. I recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, paranormal adventure, and epic universes that would satisfy both science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.