Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #15
Published by Penguin Audio on May 27, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 15 hours, 45 minutes
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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…
Now having completed the Dresden Files series to be up-to-date for the collection of short stories, Brief Cases, I’ll be reviewing next week, I can admit I am totally biased. I love everything Harry Dresden. Every book I managed to get on audio from the library. I listened to it, loved it, and went right out to Audible to buy it. Skin Game was no exception.
There are many reasons for my love. It is urban fantasy, which is my favorite genre. I included The Dresden Files in my favorite UF Series on Saturday. It was also on my list of Best Audiobooks I’ve Read in 2017. Harry has managed to collect a group of allies of all types which is my definition of a UF hero. He shows the compassion for others and intelligent strategy I prefer. Best of all, there is humor. Harry has also gone through so much growth and change. I love this world and its characters.
I have slowly made my way through the series since the next book, Peace Talks, has been forthcoming since 2015? I hope we will see it soon. I’m now left to wait with everyone else, impatiently, for its arrival.
The audio books are narrated by James Marsters. It is a match made in heaven. I love the performance he gives bringing these characters to life. I can’t imagine anyone else. Even if I read, which I have only done with a few novellas, I hear him. I listen comfortably at 1.25x speed. I own every single thing on audio, even the collection of novellas, Side Jobs. I expect this to continue. It is the best. He captures the emotions, and the humor, perfectly.
The suits let out howls of excitement and began lengthening their strides. They weren’t done, not by a long shot, and they started curling the path of their pursuit, bounding over the fence surrounding the property, leaping over the landscaping of nearby buildings. I went with them, leaping the same fences. One of the suits slipped and hit the chain link at better than thirty miles an hour, with moderately gruesome results.
Another suit might have accidentally caught the end of my quarterstaff in the teeth as we both leapt a six-foot hedge, and wound up slamming into the side of an office building at the same pace, but it was pretty dark, what with the rain and sleet and snow and all, and I just wasn’t entirely sure what happened. Heh.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 Library-Love Challenge