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<p><strong>Chicago’s only professional wizard is about to have a very bad day in the latest novel in the #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling Dresden Files...</strong></p> <p>As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry Dresden never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.</p> <p>Mab has traded Harry’s skills to pay off a debt. And now he must help a group of villains led by Harry’s most despised enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, to break into a high-security vault so that they can then access a vault in the Nevernever.</p> <p>Problem is, the vault belongs to Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld. And Dresden is dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess...</p>

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Chicago’s only professional wizard is about to have a very bad day in the latest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files...

As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry Dresden never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

Mab has traded Harry’s skills to pay off a debt. And now he must help a group of villains led by Harry’s most despised enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, to break into a high-security vault so that they can then access a vault in the Nevernever.

Problem is, the vault belongs to Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld. And Dresden is dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess...

Skin Game - eBook

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Language
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Series Title
Dresden Files
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Author
Jim Butcher
ISBN-13
9780698157897
ISBN-10
0698157893

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Most helpful positive review
I love the Dresden boo...
I love the Dresden books and this one doesn't disappoint but I do think there are too many battles and he gets hurt all the time. I loved Murphy and Butters in this books.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Butchers latest entry...
Butcher's latest entry in the Dresden Files revisits the ill-conceived Knights of the Black Denarius and Knights of the Holy Cross, with a bit of George Lucas' tired Star Wars mythology thrown in for good sport, because really? Why not?Once again, we visit the holy Carpenter family, who is being protected by a circle of heavenly host. Although apparently only from supernatural threats, so towards the end of the book - the fairies put their on detail to the task. That's not really a spoiler.And the wicked Nicodemus who houses the fallen archeangle Anduriel and rules the brothers of the Black Deniaurus. There's a few plot twists, which sort of fall in out of the sky and are hard to care too much about. Neither are built well. And yes, like all the novels that feature the Knights, this one smacks of sexism. The loyal Murphy makes an appearance but is taken out early in the proceedings and replaced by the far more capable Michael Carpenter, and eventually, forensic specialist, Walter Butters - who bumbles his way into becoming what amounts to another Knight. As the guys fist bump each other in brotherly bonding. There's romance, but it's really not the focus, and Butcher clearly is uncomfortable with sex scenes even if they take place in dreams. He'd much rather write fight scenes - and lots of them.As a result, Harry gets beaten up a lot - and I do mean a lot. Throughout the book - he's on the verge of keeling over at any moment - yet he manages to hold his own against assorted and sundry villainy. It's sort of like watching a battered Energizer Bunny on Steroids. While enjoyable in places, it drug in others and took far too long to get to the point. The writer had the character keep too many secrets - from his readers. Which works well in third person pov but not so much in first. Also, one too many fight scenes, and most did little to move either the character or action forward - feeling more like pointless filler.There is a bit of set-up here for the next novel. While I'll most likely check out the next one, I'm beginning to think this series has been stretched a bit too thin and should be nearing the wrap up stage by now.
Most helpful positive review
I love the Dresden boo...
I love the Dresden books and this one doesn't disappoint but I do think there are too many battles and he gets hurt all the time. I loved Murphy and Butters in this books.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Butchers latest entry...
Butcher's latest entry in the Dresden Files revisits the ill-conceived Knights of the Black Denarius and Knights of the Holy Cross, with a bit of George Lucas' tired Star Wars mythology thrown in for good sport, because really? Why not?Once again, we visit the holy Carpenter family, who is being protected by a circle of heavenly host. Although apparently only from supernatural threats, so towards the end of the book - the fairies put their on detail to the task. That's not really a spoiler.And the wicked Nicodemus who houses the fallen archeangle Anduriel and rules the brothers of the Black Deniaurus. There's a few plot twists, which sort of fall in out of the sky and are hard to care too much about. Neither are built well. And yes, like all the novels that feature the Knights, this one smacks of sexism. The loyal Murphy makes an appearance but is taken out early in the proceedings and replaced by the far more capable Michael Carpenter, and eventually, forensic specialist, Walter Butters - who bumbles his way into becoming what amounts to another Knight. As the guys fist bump each other in brotherly bonding. There's romance, but it's really not the focus, and Butcher clearly is uncomfortable with sex scenes even if they take place in dreams. He'd much rather write fight scenes - and lots of them.As a result, Harry gets beaten up a lot - and I do mean a lot. Throughout the book - he's on the verge of keeling over at any moment - yet he manages to hold his own against assorted and sundry villainy. It's sort of like watching a battered Energizer Bunny on Steroids. While enjoyable in places, it drug in others and took far too long to get to the point. The writer had the character keep too many secrets - from his readers. Which works well in third person pov but not so much in first. Also, one too many fight scenes, and most did little to move either the character or action forward - feeling more like pointless filler.There is a bit of set-up here for the next novel. While I'll most likely check out the next one, I'm beginning to think this series has been stretched a bit too thin and should be nearing the wrap up stage by now.
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I love the Dresden boo...

I love the Dresden books and this one doesn't disappoint but I do think there are too many battles and he gets hurt all the time. I loved Murphy and Butters in this books.

It is nice to see Harr...

It is nice to see Harry growing out of his misplaced misogyny and into a character that works with the women in his life rather than smothering them out of a misplaced sense of chivalry. There is a real gem of a moment when Harry notes that sometimes the sexiest thing a woman can do is give consent. Let's hear it for yes means yes rather than no means no.

This review will conta...

This review will contain at least minor spoilers for the preceding books of the series. Harry Dresden meets Ocean's Eleven - kind of! Queen Mab is in debt and the one she owes thinks it's time to collect and wants to use the Winter Knight on a heist as his skills are required in order for the job to succeed. Big problem for Harry as the role of Danny Ocean is being played by Nicodemus Archleone, Knight of the Blackened Danarius and back-stabber extraordinaire. Harry's been left no choice but to play along as Mab lays out the consequences if he refuses. Not only will his fate at least match that of his predecessor as Winter Knight but all his friends and family will be at risk also. So what's the job? Nothing too complex. The team that's assembled just need to rob a vault. One that happens to belong to Hades, Lord of the Underworld. This is another action-oriented instalment (the 15th) of this wonderful series and the quality is once again top-notch and although we've visited this villain before the intensity is ratcheted up even more this time around. It's great to see some of the old familiar faces with Murphy, the Carpenters, Butters, Bob, Molly, Maggie and Mouse all making appearances. There's a myriad of plot-twists along the way and some great pop-culture references to try and spot in amongst the wisecracks. There's also a sneaky author trick towards the end that almost makes you want to read certain passages again but I can forgive Mr Butcher because of how everything turns out and it's not like there weren't little pointers along the way. A good ending but one which also has me longing to find out what happens next.

This is the 15th book ...

This is the 15th book in the Dresden Files and well up to the series. Harry is dragged into a sort of "Mission Impossible" with a team of misfits under a truly evil being (mostly human) who has been his deadly enemy ever since they met. Unfortunately, as the Winter Knight, he has to do what he's told, even though he knows that treachery will be waiting for him as soon as he finishes his part of the mission.Great to see Murphy and Michael playing important roles, as well as the return of a few past characters and, as always, new and (mostly) invincible bad guys.As always, James Marsters is the perfect narrator for this book.

I dont think I will e...

I don't think I will ever get tired of reading about Harry Dresden. Every book in this series has been better than the last, and it never slows down. I read a lot of books and a lot of authors but only a select few do I read over and over again. Jim Butcher and his books are among those few. I'm not only speaking about his Dresden Files books either, I also love his Codex Alera books as well and am eagerly anticipating his newest series, the Cinder Spires. Skin Game is the 15th book in the Dresden Files and I loved every minute of it. The plot is this: Harry is tasked by Mab to take on a new job for her as the Winter Knight. This job is of course very dangerous and life threatening (as usual) with plots behind plots and double dealing going on all over the place. What's the job? Oh just the small matter of teaming up with past bad guy Nicodemus Archleone to steal a priceless artifact from Hades himself. No big deal. Harry is of course as well characterized as ever. He has real problems and fears and the book lets you see them and experience them with Harry. He is afraid of his new title of the Winter Knight and all the dark thoughts and urges that go along with the title. He is afraid of moving his relationship with Murphy to a deeper level. Not out of commitment issues really, but rather a desire for her to stay away from him and the monster he could easily become working for Mab. Harry also is afraid of seeing his daughter again. He thinks she will remember what happened in the book "Changes" and resent or fear him because of it. Although the book is still the super fun heist book I wanted from Butcher, with plenty of laughs and double crosses, these deeper issues are what keeps me reading (and re-reading) this series. I love that Harry is just this normal guy who can use magic, but is also grounded with real life issues you can empathize with.This book also features a glimpse of how a few of his old friends see him now. Murphy is as loyal as ever, but even that is tempered with some caution. She has a deep respect and serious feelings, maybe even love, for Harry yet she stands as her own character. In the earlier books I was afraid she would be pigeonholed into the "Skeptic" or "Love Interest" boxes and never get to move beyond them. Luckily, I've always felt she stood apart as her own character. She is strong and capable yet has real fears about the world Harry moves around in. Butters feelings are a little different. He is flat out afraid of Harry (well, mostly), and of the power he holds as the Winter Knight. He sees Harry as just another villain or at least someone headed that way. And the thing is, you can see his side! He has a couple of different points in the story where he has a chance to explain himself and his feelings and they are all pretty reasonable. This book is full of deep characterizations for many different characters. I mean, even Nicodemus gets some! I really did love this book a lot. I think it is a great addition to the series.

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