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This is a new kind of post for us. As you may know, a part of The Butcher Block’s goal is to 1) compile and transcribe interviews with Jim Butcher, and 2) earn our own interview with the author. Here is the so-called “table of contents” for that goal, starting with the most recent and continuing on further back.

FALL 2015

This one does not have new Dresden information, but since a lot of us are aspiring writers, this is writing advice gold:

October 12, 2015 Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner

Interviews from The Aeronaut’s Windlass Tour:

Several of these interviews contain a lot of information about The Aeronaut’s Windlass (as they should). We look forward to someday analyzing the crap out of the Cinder Spires, but we will have to wait until several more are published. If you have not yet read it, you are in for a treat. In almost every interview, he mentions how much fun he had writing it, and it shows. It’s breathless, breath-taking, fun, and generally any positive adjective you can think of.

October 02, 2015 The Aeronaut’s Windlass Tour – Petaluma
Interview and Transcript

October 02, 2015 The Aeronaut’s Windlass Tour – Google
Google Interview and Transcript

October 01, 2015 The Aeronaut’s Windlass Tour – Skokie
Interview and Transcript

September 22, 2015 Reddit AMA
Reddit AMA – Dresden Information

September 21, 2015 DRAGON*CON!
Interview and Transcript!


April 12, 2015 Easter*Con
Interview and Transcript


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Seanan McGuire is the missing princess of Urban Fantasy

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Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.

As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.

Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.

It’s common that a series has an ebb and flow to it. It’s entirely subjective, of course, and one woman’s favorite book may be the least favorite of someone else. The Winter Long (you’ve read it, right?) was insanely good — the revelations therein were intense, and it was obviously created to be a pinnacle in the series itself, surrounded by smaller (though no less lovely) mountains. This was my first impression, and Red Rose Chain (though I loved it, I promise!) did not prove me wrong. Not every book can be like The Winter Long, right?

And then Once Broken Faith came along and blew me away. I read it in one sitting, on my iPhone, courtesy of Berkley Publishing and Netgalley. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen. Even in that slow, sweet start meant to be a preemptive balm against the shattering things that come after. Seanan McGuire does something amazing with her craft in this. The building tension, the heartbreak, the characterization… all of it.

You don’t want to miss this one. You don’t even want to wait a week or so and mosey on down to the bookstore, because you don’t even know it, but you need this book so much.

Sherrilyn Kenyon dialed this year’s Dark-Hunter novel in

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I have been a fan of the Dark-Hunters since Night Pleasures came out, have spent countless hours discussing the series, have recommended it high and low to lovers of both romance and fantasy. And I have never, ever been more disappointed both in a book and in an author.

Dragonmark was a $14.99 ebook. Over 75% of the story is sections (not even sections with Illarion!) straight up copy/pasted from Son of No One and Dragonbane. Styxx was a wonderful story that showed a parallel perspective on familiar scenes from the series. Dragonmark is fucking 75% chapters we have already read with almost ZERO additional information interspersed in the words we’ve already read. She didn’t even bother to rewrite the scenes from Illarion’s perspective. This was straight up copy and pasted, slapped on a novelette about how Illarion and Edilyn met the first time. There is only one chapter that takes place after Dragonbane. One.

I can’t fucking believe that this book was NOT ONLY $14.99 as an ebook, but that it wasn’t a novella in the first place. I intend to write to her publisher and to iBooks. I know there is little chance of a refund, but this is ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT.

Anyone like to take a crack at explaining how and why this happened?

How DARE you tell J.K. Rowling what not to write

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The final novel in the Harry Potter series came out almost a decade ago, but because of the extreme success of the series, Rowling can’t write anything down on a napkin in a bar without people wondering what it’s about. The fandom is still active churning out fanfictions. The movie studios are about to launch a trilogy based on the tumultuous life of an author of one of Harry’s textbooks. A play just opened that explores the relationship between Harry and his second son. A new series of short ebooks (which include background information on established characters, as opposed to being short stories with a standard narrative) will come out in September. All in all, it’s glorious to be the kind of Potter fan that likes this kind of transparency in world-building. And yet, there are others who quite vocally don’t want anything else Potter-related to come out at all, and I can see several reasons for this.

Any new information might run counter to internalized prejudices.

One of the main themes of the books is the need to fight against prejudice — in this case, Voldemort valued pure blooded witches and wizards as opposed to those with Muggle ancestry. They were seen as lesser. As the books unfolded, Rowling made it clear that this sort of self-righteousness in the Wizarding World wasn’t limited to Mudbloods, but extended to werewolves, house elves, centaurs, merfolk, etc. To a discerning reader, these lessons do have real life corollaries. And yet, when she was asked about Dumbledore’s past relationships or if he’d ever been married, and she then revealed he was gay, there were fans who erupted in rage and confusion. How could such a great wizard be gay? Instead of recognizing that they shared some of the same kind of prejudices rife in the Wizarding World, and against which Harry Potter fought, some fans grew outraged that they would either 1) have to respect a gay man based on his own merits, or 2) lose all respect for the wizard. Still others were furious that she hadn’t done enough to further the cause by revealing in text that Dumbledore was gay from the outset. Ridiculous, because in many ways, the stories were a love letter to the disenfranchised, the prejudged, and those who are seen as “lesser” by the people in power. The biases Rowling created were fictional — there are no laws restricting where a werewolf may work, but there ARE laws in OUR world that restrict who is allowed to marry. The allegory is clear. There are those who wish to avoid Rowling scraping against their prejudices, and are therefore vocal about silencing her. But they aren’t the only ones.

Any scenes that show happy, canon pairings (i.e. Harry and Ginny, or Ron and Hermione) make it harder to ship anyone else.

This is a VERY real issue. The shipping wars may have taken place online, and were therefore bloodless, but there was a time when those who shipped Harry/Ginny could barely be civil to, or be friends with those who shipped Harry/Hermione. Pretty much every pairing under the sun has been explored (yes, including Voldemort/Lily Luna), but the fact that the epilogue and beyond clearly show couples with strong marriages has caused anguish to those who’d rather the canon ships go down in flames. These people are so deeply in love with the pairing of their choice that they would rather see nothing more of Harry Potter for the rest of their lives than read anything that breaks their rebellious little hearts. But still, the list is not limited here: there are others who feel an even more personal sting than the passionate love for unauthorized pairings.

A few less successful authors are jealous of her success.

Envy is an ugly thing. A few authors on Facebook and Twitter have taken to all but blatantly calling Rowling a has-been. It’s true the the ebooks launching in September will probably sell millions, and authors who can only command a few thousand readers (if that) almost violently offer their own books as alternatives: “If you like Harry Potter, you will LOVE this book full of cliches and cardboard characters!” These authors wish Rowling would stop writing because every time she publishes, that bar of unbelievable success rises even higher. I pity them. To envy is to be human. For every success story, there is backlash, and these authors are part of it. Our society provides the rest.

In this culture where misogyny is just barely kept at bay, the very public success JKR enjoys is considered crass.

It’s no secret that JK Rowling writes under her initials because her publishers advised her she’d reach more of an audience if people could just assume she were male. I’m certain no one saw the success of the Harry Potter books become so immense and so global that keeping that kind of secret was impossible. People bought her books despite knowing she was female because she’d addicted them to finding out what happened next. But after the seventh book ended, the door slammed. Even The Tales of Beedle the Bard (which was published after the pleas of many, many fans) was scornfully called a “cash cow”. People are in awe at the fortune JKR made as a woman, but many believe she should have retired after Deathly Hallows. They see her success as a trick of some sort, and if she continues to be successful, to make money off her words, she is simply milking the cash cow rather than doing what she loves: writing.

Whatever the reason is, it is 100% arrogant to tell a creative person to “Stop. Just stop.” How many of you would dream of telling any other author to just stop writing? I don’t care if you’re prejudiced, if you can’t stand Ron and Hermione’s marriage, if you’re jealous that your books aren’t selling, or if you think she has hit a point that her financial success has become too much. You aren’t her audience. You don’t get to tell her what to do.

All my love,


The Self-Published Fantast Blog-Off Post 2: Bloodrush & The Thief Who…

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About the Contest

The Self-published Fantasy Blog-off (SPFBO) is sponsored by Mark Lawrence and carried out by 10 hard-working blogs. You’ve probably heard of Mark Lawrence. He’s written a few books.

The contests itself is explained HERE.

And the final results of the contest are given HERE.

Galleywampus is not directly involved in this contest. However, I will read and review the ten finalists. And maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll be invited to officially take part in the contest next year. I know I want a tower of independently published novels myself.

I’ve decided to write two reviews per post.

The first post can be found HERE, and featured Priest by Matthew Colville and Under a Colder Sun by Greg James.

This second post will feature Bloodrush by Ben Galley and The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung.

The books at the SPFBO are also being rated by the blogs, so I determined to add my own ratings to the mix. I gather that these ratings are on a 1-10 scale. I am comparing these books to my own general preferences, and these preferences tend toward the center. I don’t often assign a 9 or a 10, unless the book truly blows me away. I also don’t assign 1-3 ratings often, unless the book is really, truly something that I can’t find a good thing to say about it. Most of the books I review fall into that 4-8 range.




Bloodrush by Ben Galley is sort of like those old books about an old world teen coming to the American frontier. I’ve always wondered if I view these books differently because I am on the frontier end rather than the point of origin. But this isn’t quite By the Great Horn Spoon or “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.” The whole “feel” if this book is nostalgic.

This is a world similar to our own, but the tweaks are intriguing. America is a kingdom, at least in alternative 1867. Faeries are real and they’re not Tinkerbellesque. Spirits of the land, compiling bodies from railroad ties and rails and broken wood, destroy Railroads in America and eat people.

The magic (sorry, magick!) has been deeply considered, and I enjoyed that aspect. Bloodrushing is interesting, and it reminded me favorably of the magic system developed by Brandon Sanderson for Mistborn. Both involve ingesting a substance to obtain specific powers, and both are limited by what the person is capable of turning into a usable result.

Merion isn’t perfect. He’s a kid, thirteen, who has lost a great deal, and then shipped to another country to live with an aunt he didn’t know existed. I understand his perspective. Going from posh England to Middle-of-Nowhere Wyoming is tough to handle. He does whine a fair amount. But I’ve read a lot of YA and children’s fiction, and I don’t think it is more than I see in many of those works.

His aunt, Lilain, is fairly likable, in an eager frontier-woman sort of way. Rhin and Lurker are also somewhat stock, but I feel they overcome their humble origins and add something interesting to the tale. We see a few surprises through Rhin, and surprises always make me happy.

This is a coming of age story. We see a boy become a man here, and the sequel will likely follow the young man into adulthood.

I’m left with a wary feeling for this book in one area, and this is in regard to the native inhabitants to the Americas–the ones settlers forced into smaller and smaller areas while their land was taken away. You know, the Shohari. No, not the indigenous Americans, or “Indians” as some call them, or as they were often called in the 1800s. As far as I can tell, the Native American humans don’t exist here. Rather, there are humanoid inhuman, somewhat more animal than person, beings who take the place of the “majestic savage” here. Considering the amount of dehumanizing that happened to the Native Americans in the real world, it makes me awfully uncomfortable to see them erased and re-imagined for the sake of magical beings. I don’t think this was the intention of the author, but it kept popping into the back of my mind as I read the book.

Overall, I liked it. I liked it a lot. I enjoyed it enough that I picked up Bloodmoon already and will have a full review of that book up, er. Eventually.

Rating: 8.0


thief who pulled

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by  Michael McClung.

This was an enjoyable tale. It felt sort of like a western, though it is obviously a fantasy work. The primary character, Amra Thetys, is a no-nonsense, frontier-woman feeling character who happens to be a hell of a thief. She tends to stay out of trouble, but she has a hard time keeping this philosophy when a good friend is murdered. She digs into the motivations and events that led to his death, and from there things get really weird. And dangerous. And fun–for the reader, anyway.

This was easily one of my favorite works from the blog-off. There is enough history and weird powers and secrets to keep things grounded, with enough action and humor to keep the book moving along at a brisk pace. It’s short, but I think it was the right length for the book. And knowing there are more books in the series, I’ve already downloaded the second book from Amazon. I’m looking forward to delving deeper into The Thief Who… stories.

Rating: 8.0

An Interview with Lynsay Sands

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About the Interviewee

Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than thirty-four books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres — historical, contemporary, and paranormal — and have made the Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists. Her books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She’s been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All about Romance’s Favorite Funnies list.

Lynsay’s latest novel is Runaway Vampire.

The Interview

GW: Hi, Lynsay! Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview with us! We are celebrating Valentine’s Day (okay, we celebrate Valentine’s Month) by sharing with our readers – who mostly read traditional fantasy and science fiction – some of the stand-out writers and series from the Paranormal Romance side of the street. Of course, you are one of our favorites. Where would you suggest new-to-romance readers start with your Argeneau series?

51zmj81S8zL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_LS: Most of my Argeneau books are standalone stories, so you can read them in whatever order you choose. That being said, I do know some readers like to read them in their written order, for them I’d suggest they start with book #1, A Quick Bite.

(Argeneau Reading Order)

For those who don’t mind reading them out of order, though, then it really depends on preference. If you’re in the mood for humor then I’d suggest Single, White Vampire, The Accidental Vampire or Under A Vampire Moon. Or if you’re in the mood for more of a thriller then I’d suggest The Immortal Hunter, Immortal Ever After or The Immortal Who Loved Me.

GW: Your series is one of the longer and more successful series in the paranormal romance category. I’ve seen other series get somewhat repetitive, but not yours! In fact, the series seems to have series within it: we have deeply personal family books, we have Enforcer books, light-hearted romps, dark mysteries, and what seems like everything in between. Do you have a strict pattern of what you’re going to write next in terms of thematic elements, do your editors make suggestions, or does the story evolve organically?

LS: No, there’s no pattern and no suggestions. I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal. I write the stories as they come to me. I sometimes have an idea or two percolating for a few years in my head before I write them, but it’s mostly just ideas, scenes I’d like to write, or characters I want to play with. I don’t actually plot anything out before sitting down to write it. I find when I do that and start writing already knowing what’s going to happen, I get bored with the story and don’t want to do it. And I believe if I’m bored, the reader will pick up on that and be bored as well, so I toss that story aside and start another instead. Fortunately, my editor doesn’t insist on outlines and whatnot, but gives me my creative space and lets me do my thing. I guess I’m lucky that she has that much faith in me and gives me that kind of leeway.

38568GW: What I am most impressed about regarding the Argeneau series is how ably you create arcs that last for several books. For example, the name of a character’s dog all the way back in the first book is revealed to be significant in the ninth book. Does this happen naturally, or do you have a series Bible you consult in order to layer in your mysteries?

LS: Mostly it just happens naturally. I do have a character archive that I can refer to, but when I named that dog back in the first book, I had no idea what was coming in book nine (good thing I didn’t name him Spot or something, huh?). And there are loads of other things that have happened that later turn out to be important where I’ve thought to myself, “Wow, it’s like I planned it or something,” when in truth I didn’t, at least not consciously. Actually, to me, it sometimes feels like a host of characters decided I should tell their story for them, flew into my head to act out their history, and I’m just watching the film of their life in my mind and scrambling to get it all written down. Their actions quite often surprise me. I’ll be typing madly away and give a startled laugh at their antics because I didn’t see it coming, or I’ll be thinking, “You little devil. I can’t believe you did that!” or “Oh wow, that explains a lot!” LOL.

Hmmm…I probably shouldn’t have admitted that. I should say, oh yes, of course it’s all plotted out. Every word, every coincidence, every thing…which reminds me, you can cut this out if you like, but I recall when I was in one of my University English classes, the professor pointed to a description in a novel we had to read. The description was of shadows moving across the floor as a door opened and he assured us that this was deliberate foreshadowing from the author of the tragedy that was going to happen in chapter twenty-something. I remember thinking at the time. “Really? Holy crap, I don’t write like that. I don’t foreshadow way ahead or even plot way ahead. Maybe I’m not a good writer. Maybe I’m doing it all wrong!” It really made me doubt myself. But now, sixty plus books later, I wonder if the truth isn’t that the professor was wrong and it wasn’t a simple description of what the author saw in his/her mind’s eye as he/she wrote. I don’t know. Every one has a different writing technique. Perhaps some authors do spend weeks or months or even years fretting over every word placement and such, but I don’t have the patience. I just enjoy the movie playing in my head and write down what happens in it.

As for that archive I mentioned… Unfortunately, I don’t always think to check it, and even when I do accidents happen. Like in one of the earlier books Marguerite claimed to prefer showers to baths because they are faster, and then in her own book she claimed to prefer a nice relaxing bath. We didn’t think to put her bathing preferences in the archive, and I didn’t remember myself, but readers certainly noticed, lol. I don’t just need the archive, I need someone to double check every little thing I write down, unfortunately, that would take forever and readers don’t want to wait forever for the books. So, there are mistakes on occasion, and I just have to accept that I’m not perfect.

1422252GW: One of the major villains in the series was recently put to rest. Forcefully. Will we see another villain rise up who has a several book arc?

LS: Yes. I’m working with one now. He was supposed to appear two books ago, but sometimes characters don’t play nice and he was one of them. So I put that book aside and wrote The Runaway Vampire where the evil character is merely mentioned, or his handiwork is. And then I meant to introduce him in Tomasso’s story, but again, he wouldn’t play, so Tomasso’s story steered away from him to a sandy beach and was written with just the revelation of this villain’s name. Now I’m working with him again.

So far he’s cooperating, but we’ll see. I suspect part of the problem is I really don’t like this villain. This guy’s a real piece of work, a brilliant psychopath as opposed to the major villain you mention who was more of a disorganized sociopath. The things this new villain has done to people…ugh! And his victims are mortal and immortal alike. Definitely a psychopath. But I’m sure there will be other villains like that as well. I like challenges and a proper villain is usually smart enough not to get caught right away. He’d hardly be a challenge if he were stupid enough to get caught in one book.

Besides that though, there’s still a villain from past stories out there who will eventually have to be dealt with, but I don’t have any plans for him in the immediate future.

(Here’s a fun question for readers…Can you guess who I’m referring to? )

GW: We know that Dante’s book will be followed by Tomasso’s (can’t wait!). But do you know yet what the future holds for the Argeneaus? Can you give us a scoop on what we can look out for in 2017?

LS: LOL. Guess I kind of just answered that, but I’ll tell you more. If this villain stays to play this time, and I have high hopes he will (after all, third times the charm, right?) then this book will introduce a whole host of new characters who are– Hmm, not sure how to put this, they aren’t immortals, but they certainly aren’t your average humans either. Guess that’s the best way to describe them for now. And if I like these characters as much as the Argeneaus, this book might start a new series all it’s own.

However, there will definitely be more Argeneau stories to come in 2017. I can’t say much more than that though, mostly because I don’t know much more than that myself and don’t want to. Wouldn’t want to get bored and drop my Argeneaus, I enjoy them too much to risk that.

20452210GW: Thank you so much for your time! We always like to conclude our interviews with a silly question: What is your silliest childhood memory?

LS: Well… Wow, silliest childhood memory. Okay, well the first one that comes to mind isn’t my silliness so much as my mom’s, but believe me I take after her so… Anyway, it was the day my younger sister came home from the hospital after being born. I was seven, my older sister ten and we were both excited about this day. We’d helped pick out the pretty pale yellow dress she would wear home and everything. Well, the car pulled up and my parents came in, my mother carrying this little bundle all wrapped up in a blanket. My big sister and I rushed forward, squealing to see the baby and Mom smiled and bent down as she lifted the blanket aside to show us our new sister. We both gaped, then sort of blinked, looked at each other and asked with confusion, “Why is she yellow?”

Mom frowned and peered down at the sweet little face, bit her lip and said, “I’m not sure. I thought maybe it was just the dress making her look yellow.”

I think it was Grandma who frowned and said, no she didn’t think that was the case. The baby was definitely yellow. It looked like she was jaundiced. Well a panic ensued and my parents rushed out and hurried back to the hospital, thinking our baby was sick and needed immediate attention. They were back surprisingly quickly, and with another baby. It seemed a mistake had been made at the hospital. A switch. My mother had been given the wrong baby. The nurses realized that when they checked the baby’s hospital tag and saw that it said “baby Small.” They asked my mother hadn’t she read the hospital tag when she was given the baby? Yes, she said, but she thought it referred to the baby’s size.

It still makes the family laugh, and it is funny in retrospect, but it’s also kind of frightening to think that if that child hadn’t been jaundiced, Mom never would have known that Small was the family’s last name, not the size, and we might now have a different sister. Imagine that! No, don’t, aside from loving my sister, I quite like her as well and wouldn’t want any other.

A Moment in Support of Karrin Murphy

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As someone who works in the law enforcement field I have always found Karrin Murphy to be an interesting character and someone who is easily relatable. While some have a hard time understanding her mindset it is pretty easy for me because I deal with the same mindset every day. When some people see suspicious activity I see just the usual police mindset. Let me take a moment to discuss a few things about Karrin that comes out to me. First is the fact that from the first short story to storm front we see Karrin move from a regular beat cop on patrol to Captain Murphy of her down division. For those who do not know how rank works in the police departments here is a brief scale:

Field Training Officer
Deputy Chief

My guess is that with Karrin’s rank she was bumped up to head special investigation and probably skipped some ranks in between, which can often happen. For example an officer who goes to run the city jail in my department becomes a Sergeant because of the new responsibility and heading a department, skipping many of the traditional patrol ranks. The question of why Murphy was bumped was never answered but it absolutely part of police culture for a family legacy such as Murphy to be protected to a certain extent. Many families have a long history of military or police work and when you grow up with it you become more used to it, you also become more and more of a family. Even now I see how Murphy comes to the aid of her fellow officers or even more front and center is how they guard her, even after her drumming out of the force. One inconsistency in the firing of Karrin Murphy is that since the 1980’s the Chicago police department has been highly unionized. Without knowing her previous record as an officer or issues she may have had it is hard for me to say that she would have been possibly fired for the offense that was committed. Usually the union does have the backs and defense of officers who work hard and in most cities they are also covered by a civil service commission that would also be brought in.

During police work and after there are an incredibly high percentage of officers who find themselves in some sort of mental distress. This is pointed out well in her episode with alcohol and valium. Studies have found that female officers are 23% more likely to contemplate suicide and 25% more likely to have a heart attack than a normal female. Not only is Karrin dealing with these stresses but also the stress of being best friends and hopefully lovers with one of the most powerful wizards in the world. In Skin Game we see Karrin try and save the day and break one of the swords of the cross, during most police training we are trained to respond and neutralize the threat to innocents before we consider anything else- in my mind this is what she was doing. I believe Karrin was a superbly well written police officer who has a plethora of issues that she is dealing with all while saving the world. Mr. Butcher does an great job of showing her not just as a wall and a silent police officer but as someone who makes mistakes, has real issues and problems and is a true three dimensional person.

Brock Baker

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