Death Masks

Death Masks

A Novel of the Dresden Files

Book - 2003
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Professional wizard Harry Dresden finds his life spiralling out of control when the Red Court of Vampires' champion sets out to kill him, professional hit men use him for target practice, the Shroud of Turin goes missing, he becomes involved in a murder investigation, and his ex-girlfriend returns.
Publisher: New York : Roc, 2003.
ISBN: 9780451459404
0451459407
9780451462947
0451462947
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 18 cm.

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Wako
Jan 02, 2021

My favorite in the series thus far. Fun, interesting and yet intriguing enough to keep you on the hook the whole way through. It really is a light pulpy read, but this one makes slugging through some of the lesser earlier books worth it. Hopefully the series has found its legs and can maintain like this going forward.

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spiritedaway
Apr 11, 2020

This one outshines all four previous books. It was funny, exciting, sad, had great characterizations, and was as times heart-breaking.

JCLJENNYT Mar 31, 2020

I think that this is the first book in the series that has engaged me this much since Storm Front. It didn't drag going into it the plot overall was a bit muddy but engaging. Though it did feel more like a continuation of Grave Peril and not Summer Knight so that felt weird. Also I just want Susan to leave and Butcher keeps teasing the readers with her leaving over and over just to have her come back over and over again. It makes it seem less genuine.

Last gripe would be that Dresden and Susan get intimate at the worst possible times and its like really dude do you not remember what happened earlier in the day have some decency dude. Also an alternative title to this book would be "Where the heck is Michael" because Dresden asks that question like 15 times throughout the book and I get that they are homies but its like okay he's off doing his own thing you are going to have to wait till he gets back. Dresden often falls into the heroic trope of not being able to see past himself and realize that he's not the center of all his friends lives.

So far my favorite to least in this series would be:

Storm Front
Death Masks
Summer Knight
Grave Peril
Fool Moon

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scurnutt13
Dec 05, 2018

Dresden Files Book 5

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 19, 2017

This one introduces a very cool new character - The Archive. Apart from that it is the usual fare - Dresden relies on his friends to save the day, written in an enjoyably cheesy tone.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Love the series! Not as good as the last book, but still pretty good :) I love the knights of the Cross. I always love seeing him and Michael team up. I absolutely loved Shiro! Ready for the next one!

Luv2cNewThings Oct 06, 2013

Someone commented earlier about how many times Dresden says Coke or Coca-Cola. No, I didn't actually count, but I did start noticing how many blondes run around the series. Hey! Even "The Archive" is a blonde.

The same reviewer said fans of the series will enjoy this book too, which is true. I didn't enjoy it as much as Summer Knight or Storm Front though.

Of course, Harry has his humor and/or sarcasm. He is often sleep deprived and has to juggle around many things that will probably get him killed - the Red Court, Susan, and a branch of the Fallen.

There were a few things predictable for me. So, two stars!

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acej
Jul 04, 2013

Loved the plot and continuous character development and introductions. You learn more and more about Harry and his past, views, and fears as these books progress and I can't get enough of the Wizard Harry Dresden.

CSchmidt1 Oct 02, 2012

This is an enjoyable series. The author does a great job developing characters and gives each of them a distinctive voice. Certainly fun for those who enjoy detective fiction and fantasy fiction. A great mash-up. I do wish the author had spent more time in Chicago himself. One who lives in/near the city notes some inconsistencies: people don't stay in boats harbored in Lake Michigan in February.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 11, 2011

Another fun installmentin the series. Here was get to meet the Knights of the cross and thier sworn enemies.

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Aug 19, 2013

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Luv2cNewThings Oct 06, 2013

I read one review about Death Masks that warned readers to count how many times Dresden says Coke or Coca-cola. Admittedly, I didn't do that, but I did notice how many blondes run around the series. Hey - even The Archive was a blonde! Insofar, there are only three exceptions: (1) Susan; (2) Lydia (from Grave Peril - afflicted with Cassandra's Tears) and (3) Meryl (Summer Knight).

To borrow a phrase from the same review: If you are a fan of the series, you will like this book too. Me on the other hand enjoyed Summer Knight more and will have to go back and give it another star. This one was just too predictable for me.

Nevertheless, in this adventure, Harry is on a mission to find the Shroud of Turin while not getting killed before a duel with Ortega of the Red Court. Since you know the Shroud of Turin is a holy artifact you should also know that it will involve Michael Carpenter and company.

What you don't know is that one bad guy doesn't end up being such a bad guy. One good guy wasn't what he seemed - predictable! Another thing to know is that this book had a lot of chasing after different sets of bad guys.

...and the end is nowhere near happily ever after. I don't know, the ending was simply a real let down for me.

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