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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden died in the last book or did he?  Harry's demise seems to have been exaggerated.  He wakes to find himself the Winter Knight and beholden to the seemingly psychotic faerie queen Mab. 

You would think that the plot of Harry Dresden standing as the last of the Maginot line between utter disaster and implacable foes would get boring after awhile.   NOT!
Butcher is never boring.   Sometimes the action comes close to sublimating the plot but boring is never the result. 

Once again I find that the characters are the best part of Butcher’s tales.  Don’t get me wrong, his plots are excellent and his story telling sublime but his characterizations are terrific.

Harry Dresden is the classic anti-hero.   He over compensates with humor and self deprecating manners but he is still a character that earns loyalty even, on occasion, from his enemies.  

The soul searching and ego demoralizing plays a large part, once again, in the function of the plot.   Butcher emphasizes human will and the ability to chose the right path.  
I highly recommend the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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