Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Death Masks by Jim Butcher
2003, Roc
Series: Book 5 of The Dresden Files

Synopsis: Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he’s getting more than he bargained for.

A duel with the Red Court of Vampires’ champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…

Professional hit men using Harry for target practice…

The missing Shroud of Turin…

A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…

Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semivampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.

Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.

The Good: I like Harry Dresden. I like his power and his willingness to get involved when others will not. The constant target on his back should be getting old for readers, but rather if they're like me, they are loving seeing Harry on his toes and overcoming obstacles left and right. I totally loved the way Marcone was worked into Death Masks and hope to see more of him interacting with Harry on that level in the future.

The Bad: Susan returning was a letdown, really. I'm sort of wishing she would just go and have Harry fully move on. The Knights aren't the most enthralling characters either, but their involvement with the missing Shroud of Turin makes sense.

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