There’s very little you can say about Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series that hasn’t been said before.
You could pick any superlative and chances are it would be an apt description of the latest saga in the life of Chicago’s favourite wizard for hire.
Cold Days follows on from the events of Ghost Story, look away now spoiler phobes, that saw Harry back from the dead after agreeing to serve as the Winter Knight.
Long term readers will know that Harry’s new position is something of a poisoned chalice, to say the least, and it isn’t long before he’s once again up to his neck in danger.
Butcher’s biggest skill is giving us this incredibly detailed and awe-inspiring universe and grounding it by focusing on the wise-cracking and long suffering Harry Dresden.
On the surface Butcher would have you believe that Dresden is just like anyone else, but as we continue to follow Harry on his extraordinary path it’s clear that isn’t the case.
The stakes have never been higher for Dresden and his friends as they are thrown headfirst into a plot that threatens the very fabric of existence.
There are plenty of pop-culture references thrown in that will keep the fanboys happy long into the night.
Who couldn’t love a book that has a goblin army going into battle while chanting Queen’s We Will Rock You en masse?
You know what you are getting with The Dresden Files and, once again, that’s a gripping page-turner of a novel that is impossible to put down.
5 out of 5 nerds