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.
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…
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden.”—The Washington Times
“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”—SFRevu
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“The Dresden Files is still one of the most consistently well-written urban fantasy series in existence.”—LoveVampires
“An edge-of-your-seat thriller.”—Locus
“Butcher…spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting.”—Booklist (Starred Review)
“A great series…one of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“This stunning, exciting series entry with its heart-stopping action will shock and thrill Butcher fans.”—Library Journal
Jim Butcher’s Skin Game is the highly anticipated 15th adventure of Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden. Editor Anne Sowards introduces the stellar new addition to the Dresden Files in a note to readers.
Jim told me once that when he’s writing, he’s always thinking about how he can make things even worse for Harry Dresden. To write a great, page-turning story, an author has to throw problems at their characters, and make bad things happen to them. (Admit it, no one wants to read a book about Harry sitting on a beach. Unless the beach is suddenly invaded by hordes of mysterious creatures from the Nevernever.) The fun part for us as readers is seeing how the characters deal with those problems over the course of the book.
Well, hang on to your hats, Dresden Files readers, because in Skin Game, Harry is about to have his worst day ever. You’re going to love it.
– Anne Sowards