Review – Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher

death masksJim Butcher is doing everything he can to make me love this series and it is starting to work.

From Goodreads: “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.”

This installment is chock full of action.  And, I absolutely did not want to put it down.  I would’ve been happy to have a day to myself to just read straight through.

One of the things that I really liked about Death Masks is that we see Harry living his life.  He wasn’t pining over Susan and letting things fall apart.  While he wants her back, his life doesn’t revolve around that thought.  We see him working, calling on his friends and fighting evil.  Even when she comes back (not a spoiler – it’s in the synopsis), he doesn’t let that get in the way of finding the shroud, fighting the vamps and saving the day.

Butcher did a great job with the story of the shroud.  We had already been introduced to Father Forthill and Michael, Harry’s friend.  Here we meet Shiro and Sanya, the other Knights of the Cross.  They were a strong addition to the story and I’d like to know more about the Knights, their abilities and where they get their power.  And, how the swords choose them.

I gave this one 4.5/5 stars. It’s so close to 5 but Harry is still too obsessed with women’s looks (at inappropriate times) for me to feel like it’s a 5-star read.  Is it getting better?  Absolutely and I fully expect to love the rest of the series.  But, it isn’t quite there yet.

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