Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful.
This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance....
©2014 Jim Butcher (P)2014 Hachette Digital
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Non stop action!
One of the best Dresden Files books in the series. Liked how it brings back so many characters from previous books and intertwines them in ways I didn't see coming.
He nailed Dresden again!
Hell's Bells man!
Keep them coming!
Among the highest.
At this point? All of them really.
That's pretty much what I did.
Jim Butcher and James Marsters created something wonderful, again.
It is an amazing heist story set in the Dresden universe. Funny, clever and breaks new ground in the story.
The humour really stepped up a notch. You know its funny when you literally laugh out loud.
Cant spoil it...
Who do you trust.....?
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
Jim Butcher delivers another fantastic Dresden file. This book completes brings a couple of long story arcs to a satisfying and in some cases surprising close, only to throw a few more spanners in the works and leave us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.
There is some excellent character development with moments to both cringe and cheer for our favourite good guys. Plus plenty of Dresden wit and very up to date pop culture references to keep us amused, one in particular almost groan worthy but both hilarious and uplifting at the same time.
As always five stars for James Masters narration. Flawless character definition, comedic timing and every emotion where it should be.
The only flaw is the time we will now have to wait for the story to continue.
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire and Knight of the Winter Court is back for more supernatural action. This time he is called upon by Queen Mab to assist in breaking into the most heavily fortified vault in existence: the personal vault of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Harry must ally himself with Nicodemus and the Denarians in the heist, courtesy of a debt required to be repayed by Mab to the fallen angel.
The story starts slower than is usual for the series, with a lot of character introductions and planning of the heist. It isn’t until the last third of the book that the mayhem the series is known for breaks out, and once we get there it is worth the ride. Harry is as wise-cracking in his smartassery as always and we even see the return of an old friend to watch his back.
Marsters is back to narrate again and does a steller job as always. He is hands down one of the best in the business and his personality lends every character a lot of weight. But he really shines when voicing Dresden. His voice has just the right tone to convey every nuance of the character. Now the arduous wait for the next novel begins…
"What can I say?...............Awesome!!"
If your listening to this book then you already know how fantastic (in more than one sense of the word) this series is.
Harry Dresden and James Marsters are a match made in Heaven!!
I can only thank Jim Butcher for filling my time with such consistently brilliant writing!
Long may Harry last and long may he continue getting himself in mountains of trouble!!
I will I find I miss some bits and enjoy finding the nooks and crannies of a good story. I will also buy the hardback copy of this book too.
Faith Hunters, Jane Yellowrock series. Kim Harrison The Hollows series. The Iron Druid series but I prefer to read, rather than listen to that series.
He sounds right to my ears his voice is right I noticed that Bob for example now sounds mores like Butters than Dresden which seems appropriate.
"A Dresden file that delivers!"
Yes I would, James Marsters performance has never been better, especially with the production values on this book, he transition from steady narration to screams and shouts that are alternatively dramatic and intentional comedic gold.
As with most Dresden stories, there's a hook, a reveal and several moments of true white knuckle peril for the characters, Marsters delivers on all of them. I'm not going into specifics because I feel fellow fans don't want spoilers
Dresden and Goodman Gray are particular well played
The Devil you know can be just as bad...
A long running series like this runs a high high risk of becoming stale and repetitive and while there are without doubt formulaic frameworks to the stories, book 15 continues to entertain and impress, characters are not static or two dimensional and have developed over the entire series. Butcher is a master of torturing his characters and bringing them through the hardship stronger, better people in a solid believable fashion. He continues to go from strength to strength with the Dresden Files.
"It never disapoints!"
The text. The story. James Marsters, he's Harry.
Harry, as usual. The constant struggle within himself, that curiously never gets boring.
As said before he's Harry. He knows how to pull a joke or a punch line. And his voice is perfect for the character. For the people who were used to hear him as Spike it comes as a big surprise, a good one.
Without giving much away, the scene with Maggie is particularly special
Read the complete series. If you like the genre, it's the most amazing that was written so far. Can't wait for the next.
"jim butcher at his best"
harry kicks ass
harry dresden, coz hes the reason we read these books.
the fight with nichodemus
whens the next one out....
"Who doesn't like a good heist?"
Without a doubt I've relistened to the other books in the series many times. They are great stories that grab you and don't let go and beautifully performed by James Marsters
It's a tie between the feel of the book replicating a heist film perfectly and the return of characters I enjoy reading about and have missed
Everything. James Marsters is Harry Dresden, simple as that. The whole theng has a passion and enjoiment you just can't fake
In places I cried like a baby, it also made me cheer and I lost count of how many times i burst out laughing.
It's a great book that I can not recommend highly enough. Jim Butcher is second to none
"More Dresden Files"
If you have read the previous Dresden Files and enjoyed them then you will probably enjoy this book.
If you have not read the previous Dresden Files then I would recommend the series and you should start with book 1 or 3.
If you have read the previous Dresden Files and did not enjoy them then why are you bothering reading reviews of this book?!?!
"Jim Butcher successfully expands his universe."
I have listened to Skin Game twice now, paying attention the second time for clues. Sure, there are twists in the story, but pay attention to Dresden's dialogue. I doubt you'll see it coming the first time round.
I would love to have had the time to listen to this book straight through. I looked for excuses to switch it back on, popping on my headphones and mowing the lawn, washing dishes, or running out for milk.
"Brilliance yet again"
To me, James Marsters makes the Dresden Files, without his narration the book goes, but not as smoothly.
Yes, He is completely on form, maintaining his high standards. It is only a pity that 'Ghost Story' is not also narrated by Marsters. If they ever re-recorded it, I would buy it again in an instant.
This book has the complex depth of the latter books, along with the low level intrigue of the early books. For once an author in the fantasy genre has avoided the 'must be bigger, more world destroying' plot line arc/trope and has just produced a nice sequel.
"More quality Dresden"
Rollercoaster, fun, exciting
Dresden is back to his best in one of the best books in a brilliant series. A few twists and surprises at the end make you look forward to the next book. Hope he gets 'Bob' back soon as the interaction between bob and Dresden is always good fun.
Listened to all the Dresden books James Marsters has narrated which is all bar one, and all perfect.
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