Saturday, January 16, 2010

Death Masks - Jim Butcher

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 408
Series : #5 The Dresden Files
Format : Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge, Mystery Read-A-Thon

Wizard for hire Harry Dresden is back and things are as chaotic as ever. Firstly it seems someone has hired some goons to kill Harry of the human variety. He also has a noble from the Red Court of vampires to deal with who has issued him a challenge. He wants a duel to the death (preferably Harry's) to stop the war between the wizards White Council and the vampires Red Court. On the side Harry is also hired by a representative of the Vatican to retrieve the stolen Shroud of Turin which they believe is in California.

With the arrival of his ex girlfriend Susan, Harry is torn in even more directions than usual. He gets help from Michael and some new Knights of the Cross as they encounter some of the Fallen. These are fallen angels who are working in tandem with humans that have been tempted by the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Christ. There is a lot of Christian symbolism, but Butcher still maintains that faith is the way rather than following a strict religion. Plus Detective Murphy is still on the scene, although in a diminished capacity in this book.

Fast-paced and witty as always, this is a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed the story and meeting some new characters. The ending was particualrly interesting and I am looking forward to see where the series goes next.


Lightheaded said...

The series is just as fascinating as ever, Rhinoa! I finished reading up to the eighth installment (I think) and I'm saving up the last three books for uh, until Butcher comes up with a new one :)

Rhinoa said...

Lightheaded - Glad you are still enjoying them. I can't wait to read the next one :)