I am 300 pages into Cold Days and I have a number of thoughts. Now, if you haven’t read any Harry Dresden, you probably would rather read this introductory post to him than the discussions of what’s going to be going on behind the cut… mostly because there are a *LOT* of really good stories that you’ll be wanting to get to reading.
Warning: books two and three are the weakest of the series… but things *REALLY* start rolling with four and now I’m one of those folks who would show up for midnight launches if I weren’t old. Anyway, if you’ve not read any of them, start here with the Boxed Set of the first three. If you are all caught up, however, see you after the cut! (Oh, I suppose I should also add this: the comments will be a spoiler-full zone and, as such, I don’t feel it absolutely positively necessary to include a rot13 link, but I would ask that you keep spoilers out of the first couple of sentences of your comment if only to protect folks from the sidebar. Or use the link that I didn’t think it was necessary to include.)
Okay. 300 pages into the book puts me right around the time that Lacuna removes her helmet… but I get ahead of myself.
Where we left off, at the end of Ghost Story, was Harry coming back into his own body and being tended to by The Queen Of Winter Herself and that Island Spirit Thing… and why is that? Well, he had agreed to become the Winter Knight in the book before *THAT*, in exchange for enough power to deal with the really big issue at the end of Changes… and then had himself assassinated in order to skip out of the deal.
So, after being jerked around for a book, we finally get to see what Harry Dresden as The Winter Knight Himself will be like.
And so, immediately, I had the question “will he be the Winter Knight by the end of the book?” I, of course, also had the questions “Justin is still alive, right? I wonder if he’ll finally show up. He’s the dude behind the Black Council, after all.” (When he goes to conventions, everybody who gets 15 seconds with Jim Butcher apparently asks “Justin is still alive, right?” and he always gives the answer (paraphrased) “Dude, Justin is dead. Dead dead. He’s never coming back.” but, seriously, you’d have to say that at a convention.) And, of course, whether this would be the book that tells us (though perhaps not in so many words) “dude, the next couple of books are going to be the last two”.
And, where I am in the book, I’ve just learned that the rabbit hole goes further than I thought insofar as the Black Council is just a tip of the iceberg of the conspiracy that is going on (and, of course, that Harry should not trust anybody) and that giving up the whole Winter Knight thing means giving up a hell of a lot, at this stage in his physical state.
So we’ve got the Outsiders, we’ve got the parasites, we’ve got the island going to blow up, and we’ve got the tension between whether Harry is going to pick Mab or Maeve (and why)… oh, and plus there’s that whole “the role defines you more than you define it” thing that is constantly creeping into his thoughts.
All in all, I’m riveted and the only thing that got me to put the book down was the fact that I’m sick (ungh…) and that I needed to get our Dresden post up.
Them of you who are reading… what’s up? It’s awesome, ain’t it?
Where I am right now, I can tell you this: the next couple of books ain’t the last two.