464 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1.38 in
May 27, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451464397
ISBN - 13: 9780451464392
Read from the Book
ROCOneThere was a ticking time bomb inside my head and the one person I trusted to go in and get it out hadn’t shown up or spoken to me for more than a year.That’s a lot of time to start asking yourself questions. Who am I? What have I done with my life?Who can I trust?That last one is a doozy. It haunts you in moments of doubt. Sometimes when you wake up at night, you wonder if you’ve put your faith in the right people. Sometimes when you find yourself alone, for whatever reason, you review every little thing you know about someone, searching your memory for small, subtle things that you may have missed about them.It makes you scared. It makes you think that maybe you’ve made some horrible mistakes lately. It drives you to do something, to act—only when you’re stuck on an island in the middle of Lake Michigan, you’re kind of limited in your choices of exactly what you can do to blow off steam.I’d gone with my usual option. I was running through long tunnels filled with demons and monsters and nightmares, because it was easier than going to the gym.The tunnels were big, the size of some of the substreets beneath the city of Chicago, their walls made of earth and stone, wound through with things that looked like roots but could not possibly belong to any tree this deep in the earth. Every few yards, more or less at random, there was a mound of luminous pale green quartz crystals. Inside every crystal mound was a recumbent, shadowy form. Some of the mounds held figures no large
From the Publisher
“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist
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…
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.
Praise for Jim Butcher and the #1 New York Times Bestselling DRESDEN FILES
“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