(This review may contain spoilers).
The majority of this book took place over twenty-four hours, but there was a lot happening over that time. It was really good to see many of the characters from the previous books in the series. I especially liked seeing how Molly had changed from the previous book to this one.
My favourite part of this book was the relationship between Harry and Thomas. While there was an element of information dumping to it, I really liked the banter between them when it was shown. And it was nice to see a more human side to the characters like Mab.
There were times I felt this book was a bit too much at times. It was good to see Harry having to battle against the mantle that was the Winter Knight…and although it was difficult to see, I liked being able to see Fix and Lily, despite having the idea that both might morph into the same personality their predecessors had.
I really didn’t like Maeve in this book, even though it was interesting to see something of the different figures from mythology crop up in Winter’s Court. Kringle had an especially unique twist to him.
I particularly liked seeing Toot and his interactions with Harry made me giggle. It was also incredibly sweet to see how loyal he was to Harry, even if the rest of his little army was really more concerned about being fed pizza.
I was a bit disappointed not to see anything of Lea, even though she kept being mentioned. While Lea isn’t a ‘good’ character, I definitely found her to be an interesting one.
One of my favourite things about the Dresden Files is the fact that Harry, despite being a wizard, is still human. He gets knocked down and picks himself back up again. That was very evident in this book. Even though he had more power, there was always someone bigger and better.
I did find myself getting frustrated with Harry at times and while there were some good elements of pop culture, I felt there were certain occasions where those weren’t really appropriate. I did recognise there were differences in Harry’s behaviour, but I liked seeing him fight and refuse to become a monster.
I have the fifteenth book in this series and as soon as I get the chance, I will definitely be reading it. This is one of my favourite book series and I’d love to see more of Harry and Thomas interacting especially.