Cold Days by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although I’ve said many times that the Dresden Files just keep getting better with each book, I do have to admit that there are some exceptions. Not every novel is literally better than the previous one and I think this is one of those occasions.
Don’t get me wrong. That doesn’t mean that I disliked the book. Far from it. I don’t think it’s even possible for me to dislike a Dresden novel. I’ve been sucked in from day one and now I’m invested in the characters and story. Plus, Jim Butcher’s knack for writing breakneck action means that a Dresden novel will never be boring.
It’s pretty difficult to give an objective review of a novel in this series, especially now that there are 14. However, what I didn’t like, what kept it from receiving a five star review, was simply that Harry was an idiot.
Yes, I realize that Harry can be pretty thick at times, but he does usually learn from his mistakes. This time, he gets thrown into the ring with some epic magical forces and he tries to handle it all on his own. He’s made it through a lot of bad situations, but he’s needed a lot help along the way and it just took him too long to remember that this time.
That, and the scale is just getting so big now. In the beginning Harry faced some pretty mundane bad guys and barely made it through. Butcher did a pretty good job of keeping the stakes pretty low for awhile, but eventually the flood gates opened and now it seems like with each novel, the bad guy has to be even badder and the odds have to be even longer. I understand that’s probably how it has to be to keep things interesting, but it also makes it less believable.
Overall, I still really enjoyed the novel. There was still a lot of great action and the expected one-liners. A must read for any dedicated Dresden fan.