My rating: ★★★★☆
Read From: 23 January 2014 – 25 January 2014
Harry Dresden discovers that being Queen Mab’s Winter Knight is weirder and more confusing than he’d already expected it to be. He also has to fight a continual battle against Winter’s gravitational pull towards evil. Not only that, but he’s closer than ever to Mab and learning that she has her reasons for what she does and that he sometimes even agrees with her.
Cold Days completes the story arc that began in Changes. Dresden has now completely left behind his old life of Chicago’s only professional wizard. He’s walking in far more powerful circles, whether he likes it or not. He’s assumed broad new responsibilities and he’s learned more about the true dangers in the world than he ever wanted to know. At heart, he still wants to protect the ones he loves and use his strength for good. But the line between good and evil, between good motives and evil outcomes, is very blurry.
In some ways, this novel completes a story arc — a character arc — that started with the very first novel in the series. Harry gradually realized that his cases concealed much deeper machinations. He gradually learned more about the forces that were manipulating the events that he kept getting caught up in. This novel is the first time that he really starts to see the big picture and figure out who his real, ultimate, enemies are.
I’m looking forward to reading Skin Game, to see where things go next. I only wish I didn’t have to wait until May to find out.