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


This is the forty-seventh book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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

Published August 1st, 2003

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.


***Review may contain slight spoilers from previous books. You have been warned***

Death Masks is the fifth book in the Dresden Files series. I believe that out of the five, this is my second favorite (so far). This book deals with demons, which I found to be more interesting than the faeries from the last book. I also love that Michael Carpenter, one of the White Knights, returns as a somewhat central character, along with two new knight characters.

The plot was much more interesting than the last one and I found the religious symbols and mythology intriguing. The only thing that could have made this book better is more Harry/Murphy bantering and possibly more Bob appearances. (What can I say, Bob is a hoot!)

It seems that Harry Dresden’s character development is only getting better. He’s become much more endearing since he was first introduced in Storm Front, which is my least favorite in the series. I also really enjoyed the change in Harry and Susan’s relationship. I loved the introduction to The Archive (Ivy) and hope that she’ll make another appearance in the series. It was also great to have Johnny Marcone back–as well as a deeper look into his character. I also hope that the entertaining and quirky Dr. Butters will be a reoccurring character.

I enjoyed this one very much and am eagerly looking forward to the next.




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