- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Roc (25 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451459407
- ISBN-13: 978-0451459404
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 19.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,146,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death Masks (Dresden Files (ROC Paperback)) Paperback – 25 Feb 2006
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Butcher maintains a breakneck pace (Booklist)
Inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humour ... Everything works (SFSite.com)
This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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All in a days work for Harry, but that’s all the better for those of us following his adventures. Here the central mystery is a couple of gruesome deaths and the theft of the Shroud (that covered Christ’s body until he was resurrected). As events move forward it becomes clear that both are linked. As usual there’s much more to the book than just mystery – fantasy, adventure and an element of romance as Susan turns up in Chicago again also take precedence from time to time. This serves to heighten or slow the pace as required to drive the plot forward. There are no new threats here – it’s essentially the Red Court as we’ve met in the previous 2 books of the series - and the mob has it’s influence too. However the danger Harry faces is very real, unrelenting as the story is told over just a few days, and from all sides. This makes for a fast paced, action packed style that any who have read the series will recognise and appreciate.Read more ›
With the Dresden Files about to become a TV show, now is your chance to catch up with the first few books in the series. Each one is darker and more complex, and in Death Masks we see Harry (a non-believer) forced to help the Church recover the stolen Shroud of Turin, meeting new monsters and new friends along the way.
There is the usual mix of apical action and witty banter, and a stronger emotional undercurrent than perhaps we’ve seen before in the series, as events from previous books are followed up and some plot threads are seemingly tied up. At the same time, this book introduces a number of new threads, which look like they are going to spread through the series to come.
While I enjoyed reading this, possibly the most of the books so far, I did feel that it was leaning towards the more implausible end of the urban fantasy spectrum, particularly in some of the detail around the scenario in this book. Additionally, the introduction of a range of new enemies made for a lot of new information to absorb, and I don’t think I managed to digest everything that it had to offer.
Unlike the first few books, which could be described along the lines of ‘Dresden does Vampires’, ‘Dresden does Wereworlves’, etc., this story defies such classification, and I think that’s a good thing - it shows a little maturity of the series that it can start to do its own thing, and begin to build up some of the ongoing plot threads that I hope build into something fantastic int he books I have yet to read.
Death Masks is the fifth instalment in the Dresden series, and I was hoping (expecting?) to find the same kind of flawless plotting and execution that had made me love Summer Knight so damned much. I wanted to be thrilled, surprised, amused by this book just as much as I had been by its predecessor. And as much as Death Masks was a good book, it just never made it to awesome.
The first thing that struck me was that every damn female in this book was attractive. And I mean every single one of them, even the razor-sharp-fifteen-foot-long-haired-demon. Harry appears to see women as curves, breasts, pretty throats and nice eyes. It happens when he first sees Francesca, anytime he's around Anna, and at times I think he does more ogling of Deirdre (the demon-girl) than actual fighting.
My second point of contention with this book was also one of the things I found coolest about it: the Denarians. Their concept is awesome, and they make for some kickass bad guys with a great backstory and powers enough to make them stay around and become a real problem. Their execution was what didn't sit well with me, however. I'm not particularly against shapeshifting, but when dealing with shapeshifting, writers need to think long and hard about what their characters are turning into and what that implies.
Nicodemus, head of the Denarians, seemed to escape the shape-shifting issue of losing any seriousness by, well, not shape-shifting. Instead, Nicodemus is the talkative type, whilst saying he isn't, and he likes to gloat. He would have been a better bad guy, in my opinion, had he been a little less one dimensional.Read more ›
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I am working my way through the whole series of these books and have found them very difficult to put down right from the start.Published 7 days ago by Chrissy
Non stop action. Harry Dresden, only wizard in the phone book in Chicago is a terrific character. Each book builds on the story so far. Gripping and tender love interest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Blackman
This book flies along at breakneck speed giving you hardly time to make a cup of coffee. Fuelled by Jim Butchers amazing imagination, if you like a thriller doused in magic, yet... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julie Page
As good as the rest of the Dresden series... so in other words awesome. Lots of authors try to emulate Dresden but the originals are definitely the bestPublished 10 months ago by Pete in UK
I love all these books. I have bought them all and enjoyed them massively.Published 12 months ago by Richard Robinson