Status: Bookseller Picks
If Harry Dresden has learned one thing from dying, it's that he doesn't like being dead. So under his new boss, The Winter Queen, Mab, he learns how to narrowly escape death every day until she believes him ready to take on the mantle of Winter Knight. Yet his first command from her makes him wonder if he truly is capable of undertaking the responsibilities required of this title. So Harry returns to Chicago in search of the one being who can tell him how he can kill an immortal (guess who?), and he finds himself entrenched in chaos. Old enemies come out of the woodwork to try to assassinate him, not to mention, the one place where he believes he could find solace, Demonreach, is under siege by...well Harry just can't figure that out. Yet he has literally 24 hours to resolve his dilemma, carrying out not only Mab's command, but also figuring out who is telling him the truth, and what it means.
This volume proves to be the darkest Dresden yet, touching places that even Changes didn't dare to go. Yet Harry retains his quirky sense of humor while his old friends treat him like an enemy and old enemies treat him like a friend (Erlking anyone?). Not to mention the cast of characters gets ever more interesting, as Kris Kringle introduces himself to Harry...after all, he is obviously a denizen of winter. Butcher keeps us guessing til the end about who's right, who's wrong, and who's responsible. A last minute plot twist leaves the next volume able to go into many different directions, and I certainly cannot wait to see what he has in store for Harry's future.
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