Book 17: Death Masks by Jim Butcher
I’m a bit behind in my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, but I did more reading than writing during my vacation, so maybe I can at least catch up on one of my goals this year. I think I’m about 5 books behind right now.
Title: Death Masks (Dresden Files #5)
Author: Jim Butcher
Page Count: 374
Genre: Urban fantasy
Life is never simple for Chicago’s only professional wizard. Harry Dresden has professional hit men trying to shoot him, a missing Shroud of Turin to find, a headless body to identify, and evil demons trying to kill him. Oh, and a duel with a Red Court vampire, who threatens to kill everyone Harry loves if he doesn’t agree to fight him. What could possibly go wrong?
I really enjoy this series for several reasons. For one, I love the narrating style. Harry Dresden is funny and a smart-ass, which isn’t always the smartest move when evil creatures are trying to kill you, but it sure does make for an amusing read. I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book. For another, I’m always surprised by what happens next. There are some mystery books (like the previously reviewed Coffeehouse Mysteries books) that are interesting but incredibly obvious. This one wasn’t. Up until the end, I was surprised.
For another, Jim Butcher never makes his life easy. As a writer, I find him fascinating and a great example to live by. If something can go wrong for Harry, it will, which makes Butcher’s life more difficult because he has to get Harry out of all that trouble. I couldn’t do it. He doesn’t just give Harry a missing Shroud that he must find before demons can get to it, nor does he just make him have to fight a duel to the death. He makes him have to worry about both at once. Oh, and his police detective friend can’t officially help him. Oh, and his ex-girlfriend is back in town and can kill him if she gets too excited. Oh, and there’s a crime boss who’s after the same thing Harry is. There are multiple threads weaving together in this book, which makes it fascinating and very difficult to predict. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.