Fiction Review: Skin Game

I just fskingame_lginished reading Skin Game, the latest book in the Dresden Files series. Can I just say wow? Seriously.

I had an initial love hate relationship with the Dresden Files. I loved the humor and the concept, but it felt so much like a rip from the pages of Mage: The Awakening that I could hardly handle it. So I never got very far. I remember one night being out of books to read, so I powered through Storm Front and Fool Moon in one evening.

Didn’t look back after that. All I can say is that Skin Game is Butcher at the top tier of his writing abilities. After Proven Guilty, I felt like Butcher slacked off on maintaining his mythos. I know some other readers have agreed. The giant reset button he hit there was fairly irritating and made the later books less enjoyable for me. I mean, when was the last time the Black Council came up? Or the Grey Council?

Skin Game fixed that. I was elated to see old characters I’d missed returning to the fold. The return of Michael as a moral compass for Dresden was welcome. Michael has always been one of my favorite characters in the stories and I was elated to see him take an active role again though Skin Game. I would hate to spoil the book and so I won’t, but the last 100 pages of the story were fantastic, and really drove the conclusion home and reinvigorated the series after the slump I’d felt it was in. If you like the Dresden Files, you’ll love this book. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for? There’s 14 books for you to catch up with, and I bet you’ll love every one.

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3 thoughts on “Fiction Review: Skin Game

  1. I completely agree that you get almost overpowering Mage: The Awakening/WoD vibes from this series, but like you I pushed through them. That said, personal favorite Harry Dresden moment?

    No contest: Riding a reanimated zombie T-REX through the streets of Chicago while fighting a necromantic army to the beat of what has to be the most mystically significant one man polka performance of all time. It’s campy Dresden nonsense at it’s very best – and incidentally that freewheeling tone is what does the most to set Dresden apart from his WoD origins.

    I look forward to checking out Skin Game.

  2. I completely agree that you get almost overpowering Mage: The Awakening/WoD vibes from this series, but like you I pushed through them. That said, personal favorite Harry Dresden moment?

    No contest: Riding a reanimated zombie T-REX through the streets of Chicago while fighting a necromantic army to the beat of what has to be the most mystically significant one man polka performance of all time. It’s campy Dresden nonsense at it’s very best – and incidentally that freewheeling tone is what does the most to set Dresden apart from his WoD origins.

    I look forward to checking out Skin Game.

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