New Release: Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Urban Fantasy)

by | June 6, 2014

Time out. Put the brakes on. Lady Scribe here. Yeah, sorry, the notes are coming first on this one. I’ll confess it now. I’m a Harry Dresden fan girl. Shamelessly so. I’d steal him, take him home… and anyway, never you mind that. I’m biased. The only Dresden Novel I wouldn’t give five stars on, just on the basis of it having Harry Dresden in it, is Storm Front. So, I’m biased, biased, biased.

I will say this much, though. Skin Game was great. I loved it. I’ve read it five times.

It doesn’t exactly move the main storyline ahead all that much, which left me in a state of fury and hopeless love. It’s one of those books. But, it’s a really fun read, I was entertained, and I loved the story — even if I felt that it didn’t really move the whole Dresden saves the World Part XXIV thing forward. Read, loved, will read again, recommended.

Now, onto the Dresden.

Skin Game – Jim Butcher

New York Bestselling Author, Jim Butcher, strikes again with the latest part of the Dresden Files, Skin Game! A Roc novel.

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…

Skin Game released on May 27, 2014, and cost Lady Scribe an entire day of productivity. In terms of real money, it’s available for about $18 dollars for an e-copy. Ironically, you can get the hardback for $16.50 at at the moment. ($20 in Canada, eh.)

 Lady Scribe’s Notes: Okay, so you’re getting a second note. The book is a pretty quick read, and as far as the Dresden Files go, there really is a lack of forward movement in a lot of regards. It’s a great story, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. It sets up a lot of going somewhere fast stuff, however… for the next book. You might find this frustrating. I did. I still loved it, but a little part of my soul started weeping, crying, and rocking back and forth.

There were also reused plot elements in this one. These, too, caused weeping, crying, rocking back and forth, and at least one righteous outcry of ‘Are you kidding me?!’

No kindles were harmed in the reading of this novel. But barely. There was some squealing, cuddling of the e-reader, and general poor behavior on the Lady Scribe’s part.

It’s okay to have a crush on fictional characters. My husband said so.

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