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Skin Game

de Jim Butcher

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Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break into a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld.

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One of the best Dresden books -- definitely blowing the lackluster Cold Days out of the water; this is Harry Dresden as he should be-- without thinking weird rapey thoughts every few pages. Butcher seems to have really taken the criticism about the male gaze / rape thoughts -- to the point that Harry literally thinks consent is sexy.

I was really scared that this book, with the set up of Cold Days, was going to go some gross places. Instead it went 'No, gross is a thing of the past!' instead it gave us a rollicking heist book, and one of the best Dresden Files books to date. There's action! Adventure! Intrigue! Double cross! Sex that isn't gross! Faith and hope! Women who are awesome! Women who are terrifying! Women who are terrifyingly awesome! Harry manning up and handling his bullshit!

In short, it was everything I didn't think I was going to get, and the super amazing surprise made it all the more awesome. This is a must read Dresden Files book. ( )
  crowsandprose | May 15, 2024 |
Skin Game is the fifteenth book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. It picks up a year after the events of Cold Days. Harry has been living on the island of Demonreach that entire time, because the forces on the island are the only thing that’s keeping the parasite in his brain from killing him. Mab shows up, telling him that he only has three days left to live whether or not he stays there, and she has a job for the White Knight, to which he can’t say no. She wants to lend out his services in order to repay a debt to Nicodemus Archleone, one of the Knights of the Blackened Denarius and Harry’s sworn enemy. Nicodemus is putting together a crew to break into a secret vault belonging to Hades, God of the Underworld. One of the obstacles they’ll have to get past is a gate of ice, which, as the Winter Knight, Harry should have no trouble cracking. However, after Harry’s past dealings with Nicodemus, he’d rather kill the guy than work for him. He doesn’t have a choice in the matter, though, so he instead decides to bring along a friend to watch his back. He also starts plotting a way to fulfill the letter of what Mab promised so as to not sully her reputation or get himself into trouble with her, while also trying to avoid unnecessary bloodshed and maybe even take Nicodemus out of the equation by the time the job ends. Unfortunately he doesn’t know if there’s anyone else on the crew that he can trust to side with him when things hit the fan. Their mission turns out to be a dangerous one with many life-threatening hurdles along the way, but even if Harry can survive the heist, he still has the entity in his brain that’s about to kill him and he could piss off Nicodemus enough to make the Denarian target the people Harry loves the most.

Harry was told at the end of the previous book that he had a supernatural parasite in his brain that would kill him in short order, so as I mentioned, he’s spent the past year on Demonreach. The island’s power is the only thing keeping it at bay. Unfortunately few of his friends have come to visit and all of his messages to Molly, the only person who can deal with the entity in his head, have gone unanswered. However, while frustrating, the solitude has helped him learn more about both the island and his powers. In the previous book, Harry was learning how to use his new powers as the Winter Knight. While the mantle of Winter still sends errant thoughts into Harry’s mind, he’s starting to master them much better. I was quite happy that he seemed more his old, boy scout self in this book. He may have to do what Mab commands and work with his old enemy, Nicodemus, but he refuses to harm innocent civilians in the process. We also get to see some of the old, chivalrous Harry as he tries to reason with and protect the female members of their crew, even those who seem irredeemable. I thought it was also interesting that we get to see a more vulnerable side to Harry in this book. We begin to see him in a father role to Maggie. I don’t know what he’s going to choose with regards to fatherhood and Maggie in the future, whether he’ll take her full-time or leave her in the Carpenter’s care, but it’s obvious that he loves her and is going to be a good dad, no matter what. He’s also weakened by the entity in his brain, which allows others to step into the breach for him. All in all, I loved the Harry in this book and hope that he’ll be able to keep the evil side of Winter at bay and continue to be the Harry we know and love.

Skin Game was unique in that Harry isn’t really working with his usual Scooby Gang. Instead, he has a whole new set of characters to work alongside during the heist. Their leader, Nicodemus, is, of course, pure evil, completely controlled by the fallen angel, Anduriel. He’ll do literally anything to get what he’s after in the vault. His daughter, Deidre, a demon, is his right hand person, and an integral part of his plot. He’s also hired a Genoskwa, a big foot of a different sort than we've seen in the past; Hannah Ascher, a warlock with strong fire powers, who I don’t believe we’ve seen before; and Goodman Grey, a shape-shifter mercenary. Ascher’s partner, is a sorcerer named Binder, with whom Harry has had past dealings. To round out their little crew, there’s also Anna Valmont, a human master thief who Harry has helped in the past and whom he hopes might be an ally to him. Now that’s not to say that none of the usual suspects are present, because several are. It’s just that some are seen in lesser capacities. Molly really only comes into play at the very end and isn’t a part of the main plot. Even still, I’m a little worried about her as she seems to be keeping secrets and there was no resolution here to the events in her novella “Cold Case.” Butters is starting to lose faith in Harry because of his new title as the Winter Knight, but the ME eventually comes around, and boy, does he ever put in a great showing in this story. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but I loved the way he works with Bob and how he finds his courage to do something pretty spectacular. Mouse is now Maggie’s constant companion and protector, and we get to see him a few times, including once in his warrior dog capacity. If memory serves, this is the first time we’ve gotten to see Maggie in a speaking role. She’s content with the Carpenters, but I think a part of her wants her dad. The biggest supporting players, though, are Karrin and Michael who each act as backup for Harry at different times in the story, and they both did an amazing job.

Every few books or so in this series, I seem to keep finding a new favorite, and that designation now goes to Skin Game. At it’s heart, it’s a classic heist story in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven, except with a supernatural twist. Harry and the rest of Nicodemus’s crew face a number of obstacles to breaking into Hades’s vault, each of which are handled by a different member of the crew who is a specialist in that area. But we also have the added tension of Harry’s intentions to try to take Nicodemus out before the job is over so that he can’t turn the tables on them, as well as the entity in his brain that’s weakening him. In fact, this latter subplot had a pretty intriguing twist to it. Along the way, there are action, adventure, and battles aplenty as our intrepid hero and his allies fight to save the day like always. However, one unique aspect is that it shows the hero doesn’t always have to be the strongest person in the room. Sometimes it just takes a brave heart, stepping up to do the right thing in order to win. Because of this, the climax of the story was just amazing. Chef’s kiss perfection! The story was plotted masterfully and paced beautifully. And after complaining about it bitterly for many books now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that things look like they might finally be on the right track for Harry and Karrin romantically. Yes! Now I just have to hope that Jim Butcher doesn’t ruin it for me in the next one, but for now I’m very pleased. Overall, everything came together to make this a perfect read and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. ( )
  mom2lnb | Mar 3, 2024 |
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  Zehava42 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Skin Game is the fifteenth entry in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Working for Mab has its drawbacks. For example, Harry being loaned out to the Evil League of Evil for a heist to settle one of Mab's debts. Harry finds himself working with his most despised enemy to break into a high-security vault so they can steal something from the Nevernever. Harry's going to have to watch his back to survive this mess.

I love a good heist! Harry is forced to team up with his enemies as they embark on an Ocean's 11-style trip to the underworld. This makes for a hell of a good time and something I had never really considered: that even the paranormal sometimes want to store something in a vault.

There is a lot to unpack character wise in this installment. While not everyone has page time, I enjoyed the ones who did. I did not see that change for Butters coming at all! I love how Butters is embracing his inner nerd as part of his new role. It feels true to character. I feel a small pang of loss that Bob and Harry aren't working partners any more though it seems that Bob and Butters work well together. It is in turns frustrating that Murphy has to sit this one out and yet makes total sense so that it gives Michael an opportunity to join in. He is uniquely suited to this undertaking and helping watch Harry's back. We're also introduced to Goodman Grey this book which opens up some interesting ideas given how much of a contrast he is to the only other skinwalker we've met in the series so far.

There are so many other reveals in this one that it's hard to keep track. I'm very curious to how some of this will play out over the rest of the series. I'm also sure that's not the last we've seen of the Denarians. Thank you Mr Butcher for finally having Harry make a move on his relationship problem! ( )
  Narilka | Oct 1, 2023 |
Back to classic Dresden - all the good bits, all the frustrating bits. It's also getting a bit goddish but it's tolerable. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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