Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15 By: Jim Butcher

19486421Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15 By: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 05-27-14
Publisher: Penguin Audio

First and foremost I have to say, I miss Harry Dresden. Ever since I read the first book in the Dresden Files Series, “Storm Watch,” I’ve been hooked. What really got me hooked was listening to the audiobooks read by James Marsters. Marsters uses his voice to completely embody Harry Dresden, the Wizard of the White Council, and Chicago’s only Wizard. I really hope they try another series, this time with Marsters as the lead. The SyFy series “The Dresden Files” was ok, Paul Blackthorn was awesome as Harry, but the writers got it wrong. So try again and since Blackthorn is busy with “Arrow,” cast James Marsters as Harry and you’ll have a hit. Really, he is that good.

Even if they don’t bring it back as a series, Jim Butcher, I know you’re reading this, get back to writing, who let you out?

As we join Harry in this 15th entry to the series he is living on the island of Demonreach, unable to reach his allies. Queen Mab decides to sublet Harry and his services. Harry is to help Nicodemus steal something from the vault of Hades. Harry enlists the aid of Karrin Murphy to watch his back.

Harry and Karrin meet Nicodemus and his crew, which includes Binder and a female warlock, Hanna Ascher, and Anna Valmont, the only surviving member of the group of thieves who had stolen the Shroud of Turin in Death Masks. In what turns out to be a heist to steal the Holy Grail, Harry & Karrin experience all sorts of backstabbing and double crossing. It really wouldn’t be a Dresden book without all that fun anyway.

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.…

©2014 Jim Butcher (P)2014 Penguin Audio