Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Roc
Source: Digital Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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….

Book 15, already?
Huh. Well I guess since I've been reading these books for years now, that sort of makes sense.
How did Skin Game hold up to scrutiny?
It was classic Dresden.
And you can take that whichever way you want.
If you're a die-hard fan of this series, and you still enjoy Butcher's books about the wacky (but lovable) wizard, who can't help getting himself in over his head...then you'll love this one.
However, if you were hoping for something different this time around?
Nope. What it was is what it still is.
Skin Game is the same high-octane novel that I've come to expect from this author, and from this series. And, just like all the other  novels, the action never lets up enough for you to catch your breath.
Also, if you were hoping there was some resolution to Harry's multiple problems?
Psssht. Forget it!
Looks like book 16 will hit the stores sometime in 2015, but I'm not counting on that one laying anything to rest, either.

If you've ever read a book from the Dresden Files, then you know there's not really a way to coherently explain everything that goes on in the story.
Too much! Too much!
However, I can say that it involves robbing Hades of the Holy Grail, a parasite that may explode from Harry's head, a hilarious sex scene with Murphy, Butters and Bob's skull on a magically powered skateboard, Michael with the power of an archangel, an Honest-To-God lightsaber, and Santa Clause vetting for a mercenary.
And really, that just scratches the surface...

Sound like your cuppa tea?
If so, then I suggest you go grab a copy.
However, be warned that this is not a series that you can plunk down in the middle of, and hope to catch up. If you're serious about starting this one, you've got a whole lotta reading to catch up on!


Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

I just started this series on audio. I've listened to book one and already have book two read to be listened. I will be getting to it soon.

Tabitha (Not Yet Read) said...

I loved all the references to Big Trouble in Little China!

Anne Hannah said...

This really is a great series once it gets going! There are quite a few nerd-references throughout all of them, but his one had a ton! I'm sure it's one I'll keep following to the bitter end.

Molly Mortensen said...

haha that description sounds so Dresden and so insane. A parasite really?

I was really into these books a couple of years ago, but the last few haven't held my attention as well. The story lines with Mab are my favorite though! I might have to reread the whole series to remember who everyone is. Nicodemus sounds vaguely familiar. Nice review! :)

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