Skin Game : The Dresden Files

  • by Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by James Marsters
  • Series: The Dresden Files
  • 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.…


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Customer Reviews

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Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

When the Dresden files began with “Storm Front,” Harry was a private detective and the only openly working professional wizard in Chicago. Then he became a warden for the white council, fought all kinds of supernatural monsters, including the Red Court, and recently he was dead. Now in book 15, “Skin Game,” he is the warden of the island Demonreach, and oh yeah, also the reluctant knight of winter court. What great story progression.
From the previous book, “Cold Days,” we know Harry has a parasite in his head and its threatening to end his life. Now Mab, the queen of the winter court, and Harry’s boss, is using his infirmity as leverage to get him to do a job. She’s loaned him out to one of his most hated foes, Nicodemus Archleone and the Denarians. Having done battle with Nicodemus before Harry knows he has his hands full; but locked and loaded with his usual nonstop smartmouth commentary and banter Harry is ready to fulfill his obligation and at the same time thwart his old enemy’s plans. Harry will need the help of his friends, although Thomas and Molly do not make an appearance we get a lot of Murphy, Michael and Butters, and he must use all of his cunning to get him and his friends out of this story intact.
I did like the development of the characters, notably “Butters,” and, as usual, there are plot twists. Some loose ends from the previous books are tied up with others left hanging; but this is “The Dresden Files,” and, if you’re like me, am glad that Jim Butcher always leaves us wanting more.
A note about the narrator; if you’re wondering whether to read the book or listen to this audio, James Marsters is Harry Dresden; his voice inflections captures the clever wit and subtle nuances of the character perfectly.

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- D

Fantastic storytelling

Skin Game is simply an awesome addition to the Harryverse! It easily drew me in to a world where monsters and magic are real, wicked villains and courageous heroes do battle. Most importantly, Butcher makes me believe this world is real enough to care about and close enough to touch. It's peopled with characters as unforgettable as they are engaging, believable and captivating.
The plot line is complex, the action well thought-out, and the twists come hard and fast. But interlaced with the mayhem and manipulation is a sense of humor that often takes the form of Harry's snarky comments and gratuitous geek-culture references. I've lost track of all the Star Wars references, and got a laugh when Harry and Michael did an impromptu "Monty Python" sketch, with The Knight of the Cross completely clueless it was even happening! It's grace notes like these where we feel the author's tug on our nose and can't help but be amused.
Marsters is amazing as always: one of my all-time favorite narrators. I hope he will be available to finish out the series. These are books that deserve his level of excellence.

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- Joshua

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio