The good people at Buzzy mag have published another review I wrote for them. The review is of Jim Butcher's latest Dresden Files book, Skin Game. The first couple of paragraphs and a link are below the picture. Buzzy Mag also sells the audio book versions of the Dresden Files so check them out there as well.
Beloved series are a joy when one first discovers them. A loyalty and following is built up and maintained by giving the fans what they want. Unfortunately along the way readers can grow as bored with the characters as the author is with writing them. This is where Jim Butcher uses a bit of magic in allowing his character, Harry Dresden, to change and grow while keeping his same self-depreciating, pop culture reference-spewing “charm.”
Picking up shortly after where Cold Days left off, Harry is on his island in the middle of Lake Michigan, training his body and learning to control his new powers that come with the Winter Mantle. Harry is occupying himself with parkour and trying not to be a danger to others. Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, shows up with a job for him. The job stinks from the beginning but it’s not like Harry can refuse. He is her Winter Knight and all. Harry returns to Chicago to work with a variety of baddies in order to pull off a heist. The job requires subtly and tact, two things Harry lacks, so he has to make up for it on the fly, usually with lots of noise and people running away. Harry reaches out to old friends but realizes that he may have just put them in the same danger he is in.