Book– Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files (Book 11)
TL;DR-Good, but don’t start with Dresden’s 11. 93%
Basics-Dresden’s at it again! Once again, Dresden is behind the eight ball as Mab has loaned the Winter Knight out to Nicodemus to pull a heist job with some of his oldest worst enemies. Can Dresden be the Winter Knight, somehow not be a monster, complete the heist, and do all this before the psychic parasite in his mind kills him in three days?
Characters– This book is all about the different characters Dresden has meet in all of the previous books. The characters feel like they belong and are written properly compared to the previous books, but do manage to grow and change in this book. That’s no easy feat itself. No one feel out of place, and you get enough of an introduction to each character that even if you did something as foolish as read this as your first Dresden Files novel, you wouldn’t be completely lost. 5/5
Setting-The Dresden Files have taken place less and less in Chicago over time. While that is not horrible in any way, the original premise of the books was that Dresden was a modern wizard in Chicago. The other places he goes are well described, and I had no problems visualizing them. But, I think things need to go back to the source a bit. 4.5/5
Story-I liked this story, but you can tell it’s mostly there to get all the old gang back together. With the exception of only a few major characters, all the boys are back. Not horrible, but the book feels like it has to check in with everyone to hit all the fan favorites. Again, not horrible, but as book series get longer it’s a problem that tends to creep into the series. What is here is a fun ride that doesn’t feel stupid or stupid for a fantasy book at any turn. The book even has built in “breathing sections” where the readers and characters get to live for a few minutes instead of just run/fight all the time, so the pacing is awesome. Also, the idea of characters questioning if they are evil or good is another well done part of this story. Overall, I like what I see in this book. 4.5/5
Summary-Here’s the straight deal-don’t just start reading this book. Go read Storm Front if you want to start reading the Dresden Files. It’s the first book, so start there. If you like that one, odds are you will like this one, but please work your way up from there. If you loved the previous ones, like me, you will love this one. This book continues a lot of the last book’s themes which I enjoy while still delivering the action too. It stands on its own, but don’t start here if you can avoid it. As for the book itself, it a great book, but suffers from some of the same problems that most large series do. 93%
Audiobook EXTRA– I’ve listened to every single Dresden Files book as an audiobook. James Marsters is amazing as a narrator making every single character come to life, so that in and of itself is a reason to get this as an audiobook. 5/5