There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reason human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.
It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound, flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?
The touch of another person’s hands.
Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better. That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people never even realize it exists.
That is a quote from this book; a book about a private-eye/wizard. And it’s in the first 30 pages. When I read the first Dresden Files book, I enjoyed it but even though I knew it was part of a series, I didn’t read the second book for about a year. Then I started the second book, and read every single other book that had been already been published. And each time a new one comes out, I’ve finished it within a week of its publishing date. This is without a doubt my favorite series. Even though it’s fifteen books in so far, I’m still thinking about re-reading the whole series, even though there are only a handful of books I’ve ever read more than once.
Whenever I tell people to read The Dresden Files, I always sell it that way. I also make sure to point out that the best part of these books is not each individual story, but watching new characters be introduced and developed. The books do have good stories, but the character development is just amazing. And Skin Game is lousy with character development. Like I mentioned in my review of Archangel Protocol, Michael Carpenter is my favorite character in the series. I won’t say too much to avoid spoilers, but he hasn’t had much of a part in most of the recent books, but he comes back in a big way in this one, and I was really happy to read it.