Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.…
Because 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.
He doesn’t know the half of it.…
Mab has just traded Harry's skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry's most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.
It's a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.
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 Penguin Audio
SO funny! To me, Marsters IS Dresden. He brings such life to the story and his characterization and timing are perfect.
These characters keep evolving and I love the complexity and humor Jim creates. I look forward to each new book like a gem. Thanks also to James and his great narration.
White Night has been my go to Dresden Files re-read since 2007. Then this book hit the shelves. James Marsters does his normal superb job of giving the characters life and Jim Butcher outdid himself.
Dresden Files is normally just a fun read for me but this book captures my interest on another level. His talk of Faith and choices. Seeing Michael again in a slightly different capacity was inspring. Only Michael would be able to get through to Harry before he self-destructed into self-pitying goo. He is a fictional character, but he is written so perfectly as to be truly inspiring.
I am not sure Jim will be able to replace Skin Game with a new favorite, but I can't wait to see his next book!
It started off with all the great characters from previous books. Same fun dialogue.
Jim Butcher had a sex scene in a previous book and it was really off putting. I thought it was just a phase but he decided to do it again. I really couldn't get passed that point and won't be going back to any future installments of this series.
I just keep coming back to this! I honestly can't wait for the next book! I love reading while listening, following along with the sorry, and Marster's voice is rich with gravitas!
Epic in every way!
I'm a huge sucker for horror (Particularly creature features, lovecraft, Poe and dark supernatural outings). And a dry sense of humour.
Absolutely; as a long time fan of the Author and the series, it's great to hear it brought to life by such a solid narrator (Masters; who only managed to let his Spike voice drop in a couple of times).
Butcher is a fantastic writer of Urban fantasy and the Dresden Files is easily my favourite in the genre. Skin Game is another well-written entry into the series and it's pacing only leaves you wanting more at the end...which has to be a good thing, right?
As a continuation of a larger story that I've been reading for close to 10 years now, it's always great to see even more world building take place to expand the already massive scale and scope of Dresdens Chicago and the surrounding Never-Never (the supernatural realm and land of the Fae).
In particular there were some new characters who were great to see alongside returning regulars, who were all well fleshed out and developed.
One of the things I like the most about the series is that each book represents about 3 days in Harry's world, and each book takes place about a year after the last- so we've seen about 14 years go by in that world; enough time for some dramatic character changes and world events to take place. And in Skin Game there are some particularly exciting pay-offs.
What I love about Skin Game is that it manages to be a solid and consistent entry into the series, while still some how managing to up the stakes and provide genuine moments of great comedy, action, drama, mystery and character development - oh, and shiny Magic and explosions and supernatural beasts.
Because at it's heart, isn't the Dresden Files just a well written Noir-Detective series where the P.I happens to be a Wizard caught up in some major supernatural drama ?
Without any spoilers : An emotional reunion between Harry and a character he hasn't seen for several years.
I think I reacted the same way I usually do to a new Dresden Files book - got through it in record time and was immediately depressed that the follow-up isn't out yet.
Skin Game has a particularly good amount of returning characters who have brilliant parts to play and some great moments and they were all equally : funny, exciting and emotional.
It's great, you should be listening to it now... well, maybe listen to the series from the start- it's worth it!
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