Review – Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Posted March 14, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review – Skin Game by Jim ButcherSkin Game by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #15
Published by Penguin Audio on May 27, 2014
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 15 hours 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.…

This was fabulous! This is the 15th book in the Dresden Files series and I would assume that anyone that has hung in there for 15 books really enjoys these books. I am no exception. This is actually the first time that I have read this novel and I found it to be thoughtful, exciting, funny, and sometimes touching. I had a fantastic time with this book.

As the Winter Knight, Harry must do what Mab tells him to do. Of course, he still approaches tasks in his own unique style. When Harry is forced to help Nicodemus complete a task, he is less than happy about it but he does what he needs to do and takes steps to keep things as safe as he can. As part of a crew to try to retrieve the Holy Grail from a vault that belongs to Hades, he has his work cut out for him. Harry and his friends will face danger at every turn in this installment.

This book was really exciting. There was a lot of action to the story moving along. I loved how the core group of characters has evolved over the course of the series and I am amazed at how strong they really are. Harry has a wonderful sense of humor which I love but he also has a softer side and there were some really touching moments in this book. I love that this series is still able to surprise me so completely.

James Marsters is the voice of Harry. I do believe that this series is best experienced in audio. Mr. Marsters does such a good job of bringing Harry to life and I love the voices that he uses for the other characters in the series. He is able to add a lot of excitement and emotion to the reading. I know that his narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story.

I highly recommend this series to others. This is a series that does need to be read in order and just seems to keep getting better and better with each book. I cannot wait to read more of this wonderful series!

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