One of the most entertaining aspects of this delightful urban fantasy series is the blending of extraordinary occurrences with easily recognizable commonplace events. For example, having one’s foot fall asleep because the dog’s head is resting on it—of course, this dog is a legendary Temple dog who is capable of being ridden like a horse by a small child or can transform into a being that even the most fearsome of enemies try to avoid. References to a beloved and culturally pervasive science fiction series, a VERY unexpected pregnancy, role-reversals, and plenty of other surprises abound, mixed with exciting fight scenes and explosive challenges that require that folks reach deep inside and find inner resources they never knew they had.
One always knows that a wild roller-coaster ride of emotion is awaiting the reader in one of these books, and this one is no exception. It would be difficult to start this series in the middle, because there are so many threads that are woven together and such a history of interaction between many of the characters but be prepared to lose lots of sleep and to need sustenance if you start from the beginning. It’s a weird and wonderful ride, but well worth the time spent getting to know all of these remarkable beings, on both sides of the struggle, and this was a great addition to the series, although I REALLY want to have more details about some of the younger females in Harry’s life!
“Skin Game” by Jim Butcher is part of the iconic ‘Dresden Files’ series and continues the saga as the wizard struggles to reconcile the obligations to Queen Mab with his own inclinations. An unholy alliance with Nicodemus Archleone forces Harry to interact with beings which have a mutual hatred for him, and requires more from Harry’s allies than he is comfortable or willing to ask for. There are additional complications in his life that include but are not limited to dealing with the inimical Coins that are in play, the very real possibility that his head is going to explode soon—if he lives through the next few days, and the fact that his current assignment involves robbing a god very high in the pantheon. In other words, situation normal (for Harry).
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