Skin Game, Paperback Book
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.

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. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld. 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 ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356500966

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This review will contain at least minor spoilers for the preceding books of the series.Harry Dresden meets Ocean's Eleven - kind of! Queen Mab is in debt and the one she owes thinks it's time to collect and wants to use the Winter Knight on a heist as his skills are required in order for the job to succeed. Big problem for Harry as the role of Danny Ocean is being played by Nicodemus Archleone, Knight of the Blackened Danarius and back-stabber extraordinaire. Harry's been left no choice but to play along as Mab lays out the consequences if he refuses. Not only will his fate at least match that of his predecessor as Winter Knight but all his friends and family will be at risk also. So what's the job? Nothing too complex. The team that's assembled just need to rob a vault. One that happens to belong to Hades, Lord of the Underworld.This is another action-oriented instalment (the 15th) of this wonderful series and the quality is once again top-notch and although we've visited this villain before the intensity is ratcheted up even more this time around. It's great to see some of the old familiar faces with Murphy, the Carpenters, Butters, Bob, Molly, Maggie and Mouse all making appearances. There's a myriad of plot-twists along the way and some great pop-culture references to try and spot in amongst the wisecracks. There's also a sneaky author trick towards the end that almost makes you want to read certain passages again but I can forgive Mr Butcher because of how everything turns out and it's not like there weren't little pointers along the way. A good ending but one which also has me longing to find out what happens next.

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