Skin Game

Skin Game

A Novel of the Dresden Files

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" Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy."-- Booklist

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…
Publisher: New York, New York :, Roc, c2014
ISBN: 9780451464392
Branch Call Number: F BUT NVD
Characteristics: 454 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 09, 2015

Good sci-fict. Also ward-winning. If you like sic-fict, it is a good pick. Note: the science inside the book is not real science and is not imaginative enough.

Oct 26, 2015

Skin Game is another action packed entry in The Dresden Files series featuring Chicago-based wizard Harry Dresden. In this entry Dresden, who is now the Winter Knight, is put out on loan to an arch-enemy. The series has become consistent with the almost constant action. Butcher rarely gives Dresden a breather as he battles new enemies as well as old. Dresden typically takes a beating early on, barely escaping with his life, to triumph at the novel’s climax. Along the way there are brief pauses to reflect on the nature of friendship, family, and faith. However, Dresden’s ongoing battles with monsters are what keep Skin Game and the series going.

Feb 07, 2015

The Dresden files are some of the best "real" fantasy being written. I have enjoyed each of the novels and short stories.

Nov 07, 2014

Didn't grab me like the others. There were moments of excitement and interest, but not sustaining. New character introduced. Will be interesting to see where that takes the series.

NAF_0 Aug 27, 2014

pretty much the best series in the world
but needs to include more about the young spirit and bring back the trademark: burning buildings

Jul 28, 2014

I love the series but wasn't blown away by Skin Game. It has all of the types of elements which this series is known for but didn't weave in some of the elements that had me really excited to see how they would progress.

Perhaps that is just me wanting to much at once, I would definitely still recommend it and will continue reading the series, just liked some of the other novels a bit better than this one.

Jul 23, 2014

Wow, Jim Butcher delivers over and over again! The Dresden Files has to be one of the best series in fantasy ever. The way Butcher weaves all fantasy, mythological, and religious characters in one story arc is amazing! This book does not disappoint. Like all of the other Dresden books I seriously laugh out loud at minimum of 3 times (and only one of the books was that low). This book brought that same humor and even made me teary eyed in a few spots. Great Great Book!

Side note: It was great to read Patrick Rothfuss's (The Name of the Wind, Wise Man's Fear) review of this book as well on goodreads. It was very exciting to see another author I love have such a deep appreciation for the Dresden Files.

There's more than one copy. And this is an awesome book. They just keep getting better and better.

Jun 11, 2014

I'm with Alexa65; only one copy? Guess the system doesn't track book usage/demand too closely.

Jun 10, 2014

Only one copy, really!

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