Book Review: Skin Game

indexHarry 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…

Review

I have been in love with Harry Dresden for years. He is the epitome of a perfectly flawed character that I love to see triumph almost as much as I love to watch struggle with every step he has to take along the way.

The Dresden files never disappoints with its perfect mix of dark and light, emotion and humour and of course complex, interesting characters that you never quite know what to expect from next.

Skin Game was no different. As the winter knight, Harry must help Mab repay some debts that she’s incurred over the years and that leads to a typical Harry Dresden adventure with all its plot twists and magic and fun. But for me, the true gem in this story was Harry’s continuing internal struggle and how genuine it felt to me as a reader. Because in reality heroes aren’t perfect and any who claim they are aren’t really heroes to begin with. Harry is a perfect hero to me because of all his imperfections and insecurities and struggles. It makes him raw, and genuine and believable.

That’s why I love him. It’s why I love everything he does. And it’s why I will never stop reading The Dresden Files as long as Jim Butcher keeps writing a perfectly imperfect Harry Dresden. Because with just the right amount of snark and humour to counterbalance all the darkness, and an array of incredible secondary characters I love almost as much as Harry, I know Butcher can keep this incredible series going for years to come.

 

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