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Skin Game (Dresden Files Series #15) [NOOK Book]

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Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist

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 ...
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Skin Game (Dresden Files Series #15)

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Overview

Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist

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.
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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…

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 04/15/2014
Butcher (Cold Days) brings back wizard Harry Dresden for his 15th adventure fighting a rogue's gallery of supernatural villains, but this time in a caper story. Harry has recently taken on the mantle of the Winter Knight, servant to Mab, the Faerie Queen of Air and Darkness, and she has a job for Harry. Mab has a debt to pay to Nicodemus Archleone, Knight of the Blackened Denarius, so she is loaning him Harry's assistance. As holders of one of Judas's pieces of silver imbued with a fallen angel, the Knights are very bad news. Worse for Harry is that the job Nicodemus plans is a raid on the vault of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Dresden is no cream puff himself, but something of an amalgam of his own intelligence and cunning mixed with Harry Potter-like devotion to his friends and the cause of good. VERDICT This is urban fantasy par excellence, with magical action, moral dilemmas, and a wonderful cast. Series fans will love this, and there is enough backstory for newcomers.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698157897
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #15
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 2,331
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Don't 1star tech probs, the Book is Brilliant

    This was a wonderfully entertaining page-turner as usual from Mr. Butcher!! I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next installment already :).
    That said, it's a pity the rating has some low stars due to some electronic pre-order issues... the issues were certainly not the author's fault and thusly shouldn't earn 1-star ratings.
    Regardless, I greatly enjoyed another romp in Harry Dresden's world.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    This book was really exciting, gripping, and a true nail biter.

    This book was really exciting, gripping, and a true nail biter. I wasn't sure where Butcher planned to go with this one putting Nicodemus front and center. Either we'd finish the book with a better understanding of the character (potentially liking him more) or we'd see Harry do away with him once and for all. He is definitely a character you love to hate. Harry, as part of his duty as Winter Knight, is required to work with an old enemy, Nicholas Archleone, the chief Knight of the Blackened Denarius. Sure, it's a set-up that's been used time and again in fiction and film, but Jim Butcher is, in my mind, very good at taking tropes and running with them, in making them fun to read even though you know you've read something very much like them before. So Harry and Nicholas and assorted allies of dubious loyalty are going to break into Hades's vault and steal an item Nicholas is particularly interested in. Nicholas has the assault fairly well planned out and has recruited each ally based on his or her special skills. We've met some of the allies before, and others are new (a few may become recurring characters in the series at some point in the future).  If you have gotten to this point in the series, you probably like these books anyway and would read this one, regardless. (That happens to describe me.) If you're new to the series, you'd be better off starting with volume 1 (Storm Front). If you lost interest somewhere along the way, this book probably won't change your mind, although I think this happens to be one of the better books in the series (but you would need to read all of the books to understand all the details).  

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    I loved every page, every word of this book! I didn't think Jim

    I loved every page, every word of this book! I didn't think Jim Butcher could write anything to top Cold Days but he did it!  He had my stomach tied in knots with suspense and he effectively had me teary eyed and wiping my eyes to keep reading the heart wrenching scenes. I know I will be rereading it several times between now and when the next one comes out.  I just hope he HURRIES with it and doesn't make us wait a year and a half!

    I want to address the people who put negative ratings on the book just because they are upset with B&N.   It lowers the average rating. That is unfair to the book and author. 


    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Butcher's writing has become better over the years. He still del

    Butcher's writing has become better over the years. He still delivers a ton of action, but has the maturity of the whole series behind him now, allowing him to explore darker avenues in his world and plenty of moral ambiguity to his main characters. I love how the storyline continues to keep us guessing and throwing surprises despite having seen so much already. Introduction of one awesome new character in this book and some cool new things from our old loved characters. Did well moving the plot toward our next volume. Can't wait to see what comes next!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    Looked forward to this since the last book, and wasn't disappoin

    Looked forward to this since the last book, and wasn't disappointed.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Fantastic!

    Another great one for us Dresden fans! I don't think I'll ever get tired of this series. The writing is crisp, the twists come, and the storyline is sharp. Thanks again Jim Butcher! And btw, I think I may have been the only person with no preorder problem. It worked out fine for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Win

    Win

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Loving it

    I repeat. Loving it.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Another masterpiece by Jim Butcher.

    Another masterpiece by Jim Butcher.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Parkour with snark.

    Parkour with snark.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Anth Another great book

    I have read every book of this series and enjoyed them, the books keep getting better and my only complaint, is having to wait for the next for the next one :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Excellent

    An excellent addition to a great series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    I have read all of Jim's novels and enjoyed them, and especially

    I have read all of Jim's novels and enjoyed them, and especially the Dresden series. This book was another excellent entry, but I didn't feel it offered much expansion in the series (other than the revelation of Goodman). The book reminded me of reading some the earlier novels when Butcher was still "cutting his teethe" so to say, which is not a bad thing, but makes it fall somewhat short of the standard that has been set in some of the previous Dresden novels (i.e. Cold Days, Changes, Summer Knight, and White Night). This is just my view. Still a highly recommended read, just not 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Loved this one

    Absolutely loved this book. I love the Dresden Files in general but I felt that this one was especially good. If you read the series, go ahead and get it! But if you have not had the pleasure yet, I would start at the beginning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Great read

    Parkour!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Speed reading made easy...

    I started this series in late November and could not put it down until I ran out of books. I had to wait two (yes two) whole months until this was on the market. Took me two days to read it and I still want more. Yes, you too can become a speed reader. Purchase the series, fill your fridge, take your phone off the hook, only take baths so you can read in the tub, and you too can be sucked into the world of all things Dresden. I can still hear the faint sounds of "Parkour" in the middle of the night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    MUST READ

    Another home run in Jim Buthcher's Dresden Files series. Hooks are great, plot is great as always. I love the wit and dark humor that is always brought to the series, as well as the references to past and present culture. I think its brilliant.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    J.B. Just keeps getting better and better.

    I have been a long time reader of the Dresden files, and this doesn't disappoint. The only downside is that Harry seems to be a bit less powerful than before, and a bit more unsure of himself in some aspects, which is skillfully addressed in surprising ways within the books.
    One thing I do like about TDF is the good guys show up, sometimes win the day, but the downside is the (always stupidly constant in any genre) the obfuscated "rules" they must follow.
    If I had one wish, it would be to see Harry be able to go off the deep end in a good way, the people he trusts be able to do the same. Being good doesn't mean you can't get dirty. This book keeps having Harry beat up constantly. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I did enjoy and recommend this highly, it simply does not disappoint, no matter my wheedling points. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    A perfect book...

    Loved the new and old, from start through a blazing middle to strong finish with a few surprises I didn't see coming. Thanks, Harry and crew!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Great Series

    Only thing i am worried about is an over stretching of story. I mostly stick with quintets or smaller but this has been doing fairly good. Hopefully it ends soon.

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