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
*no spoilers* Many of our old favourites and nemeses are back to help and hinder our troubled wizard, Harry Dresden, pull the ultimate bank-job for an evil alliance: stealing the Holy Grail from -- Hades? Santa, Celtic fae, the Greek god of Hell and knights Templar meet in this pantheon mashup [fingers crossed for Sedna, Innu goddess of seals, in the next volume!]: a Mission Impossible/Oceans Eleven for the magical set
Great premise; although the first half is a too-long set-up for the quest/heist, it's still worth the journey.
But Butcher has the stalker-nerd's-eye view for his female characters [all young and hot] and fails the Bechdel test of having two female characters talking about something other than men, and the torture scenes go on wayyyyy too long and take you out of the story.
James Marsters is inspired casting as narrator, and probably with a new director since mispronunciations were minimal.
The heist twists and turns and narrative on rewards and punishments, family and alliance, doubt and faith, are well worth the journey, and keep you looking forward to the next Dresden file.
(almost) 4 stars
This book both feel unique from the rest of the series while delivering everything you love about the series.
This is book 15. You must read previous books to enjoy this one. You could jump into the series as late as Book 9... but most consider book 4 the best starting point.
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
I love Jim Butcher's writing. I love Harry. I admire the way Butcher rebooted the world after changes. Everything is different, but the same. Very well done.
But... and this is the kicker, the same stuff is getting old. I love Harry being snarky, I giggle at the Star Wars references, I groan and roll my eyes at the obvious sexual tension, and I shake my head at Harry for being so hard on himself. And I have for 15 books now.
I don't know if it's the fact that we are on book 15 or if it's because the references now seemed forced (and there for a cheap laugh) but it's taking away from the story. I really think this was a solid story. It brought in some interesting characters. The twist at the end was well set up and seamless. But I kept getting distracted. The geek jokes were forced in at times when the plot should have kept the reader engaged. The snark didn't add to Harry's charm, it made me wonder if the man had issues b/c he was being obnoxious.
I love Harry. I'll stick with Jim until the bitter end, but Skin Game was a disappointment.
James Marsters did a fantastic job as usual. I'd listen to that man read the phone book!
First rate performance by the narrator. Absolutely ghastly and sloppy effort by the author. I'm done wit the Dresden Files for a while.
I have listened to every one of these books. . . Including the one J.M. didn't narrate. .. but now has... AS for it's ranking, it's good, but not my favorite. I'd say like 9 out of 15?
I like the unexpected team ups. enough said.
This guy just delivers. If you've not heard him narrate you need to.
Not without spoilers.
The force is strong with this book.
the entire series is just darn good. Every time I finish one the next book is eagerly awaited.
Marster's makes the stories go. The one book he missed was a real setback so hopefully he is able to do whatever follows.
Butcher has a way of introducing aspects in his characters that you might not see as likely as the story is in motion. Without giving too much away we seemed to have added a new knight who has come up through the ranks and grown more in each book.
maybe, really gripping story
harry, surprisingly deep characters
scene with archangel
pretty much, stopping for work and sleep
What didn't I love is a better question.
The story moved quickly. Dresden is as pithy and self-effacing as ever. Tight plot line.
James Marsters has spoiled me for almost all other narrators. No matter the book, it seems I'm always saying, "I wish Marsters was reading this instead." I believe that being an actor makes him so much more believable and natural in the role of Dresden. He's great and I've been happy to see him on TV again in The Witches of East End.
Nothing was wrong with Mr. Marsters's performance
Tagline for this book... Better the Devils You Know
The mix of old and new characters
Harry figuring out how to scam the scammer ( can't spoil it )
I love it all when he does these books I know they will sound like Dresden in my mind
It's part of the Dresden Files so it's at the top of my list.
Harry Dresden. He's an awesome character. Period.
Yes. He notably has a cold. Otherwise he's great!
No extreme reactions apart from " Way Cool".
It's pretty clear that the point of this story to move the series plot along. It also might be a new take for Jim to try a heist plot. This is not a stand-alone story so it is important for the listener to be familiar with the series.
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