Cold Days

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Cold Days
Cold Days Hardcover.jpg
AuthorJim Butcher
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Dresden Files
GenreFantasy, Mystery novel
PublisherRoc Hardcover
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages528
ISBN9780451464408
Preceded byGhost Story
Followed bySkin Game (novel)
 
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Cold Days
Cold Days Hardcover.jpg
AuthorJim Butcher
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Dresden Files
GenreFantasy, Mystery novel
PublisherRoc Hardcover
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages528
ISBN9780451464408
Preceded byGhost Story
Followed bySkin Game (novel)

Cold Days is the 14th book in The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher's continuing series about wizard detective Harry Dresden. It was released on November 27, 2012.

Synopsis[edit]

As the story begins, Harry is in Arctis Tor where he is nursed back to health by Sarissa, a member of the Winter Court and a servant of Mab. His recovery culminates in a Winter Court party, serving both as an introduction of the new Winter Knight and as Harry's surprise birthday party. During the party he is set up by Maeve, who sets a number of events in motion in an attempt to kill him, but with some unexpected assistance from Sarissa and advice from Kris Kringle, he defeats Maeve's minions and asserts himself as the Winter Knight before the entire Winter Court. Mab, quite satisfied at this outcome, gives Harry his first mission as the new Winter Knight: Kill Maeve.

Harry returns to Chicago and consults Bob to find out how to go about killing an immortal. Bob is initially reluctant to give out such dangerous information, but eventually tells Harry that immortals can be killed on Earth on Halloween night. Harry meets up with Molly, who informs him that energy is growing on Demonreach and she thinks it might explode. He travels to the island and speaks to the spirit of Demonreach, learning that the island is a prison which was created by Merlin himself to contain various unspeakable supernatural horrors. Because of his connection to the island, he is now the prison's warden. The island is under attack, and if the attack is not stopped the prison's fail-safe will trigger, releasing enough magical energy to destroy the prison as well as level a significant portion of the Midwest.

In trying to figure out how to proceed, Harry consults with many magical powers, including Donar Vadderung, Lily, Titania, the Faerie Mothers, and Rashid. Harry learns that Outsiders are constantly attempting to get past the Outer Gates, which are defended by the Winter Fae. He discovers that Outsiders are behind his present troubles, and that an Outsider infiltrator named Nemesis has been behind many challenges faced by Harry and by the world in general for many years. He also figures out that the ritual that will be used to destroy Demonreach will be performed at the island itself.

While preparing for the assault against the hundreds of Outsiders attacking Demonreach, Harry is chased and attacked by the Wild Hunt. With Murphy's assistance he is able to evade the Hunt temporarily, and after shooting the Erlking he takes command of the Hunt and leads it against the Outsiders. With the reinforcement of the Hunt, Harry is able to disrupt the ritual and repulse the Outsider attack.

Harry and his friends head for the top of the island, where they find Lily and Maeve magically assaulting Demonreach. Harry, having determined that Maeve has been corrupted by the Nemesis, attacks Maeve. She defeats him soundly but he is rescued by his friends. Harry is out of options and summons Mab, who appears and confronts Maeve. Maeve refuses to yield to her mother and shoots and kills Lily, resulting in the mantle of the Summer Lady passing to Sarissa. Murphy then shoots Maeve, resulting in the mantle of the Winter Lady passing to Molly. Mab explains to Harry that she had known about Maeve's corruption for years and intended for Sarissa to replace her as Winter Lady, but Molly's presence on the island forced her to alter the plan so that the Outsiders' strategy would fail.

Harry decides to remain on the island for the time being so that he can learn more about it and establish a new base of operations, and takes a branch from its oldest oak tree to use in making a new staff.

Summary of changes in Harry's life[edit]

Harry has (more or less) adapted to the mantle of the Winter Knight and the responsibilities thereof.

Harry has healed from the injuries inflicted during the assassination attempt at the climax of Changes and his extended recuperation during the events of Ghost Story. However, the spinal injury he incurred during Changes has not permanently healed and he continues to have use of his legs only as long as he possesses the mantle of the Winter Knight.

As of this point, Harry has assumed the guardianship of Demonreach Island and has been made fully aware of the prison under it, its inmates and the importance of maintaining it.

Harry now has an unknown parasite in his brain that causes random headaches and will shortly kill him if not stopped. Demonreach is able to stop the headaches, but only when Harry is on the island.

Dresden now knows of the Adversary and the threat it represents to the world as a whole.

As per Mab's orders, her daughter Maeve is killed, and Harry's former apprentice, Molly Carpenter, has assumed the mantle of Winter Lady.

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