Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
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Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  54,856 ratings  ·  1,503 reviews
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 hand...more
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published August 5th 2003 (first published January 1st 2003)
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I mostly like this series. However, I'm certainly not a die hard "Dresdenite" from the Church of Harry. Dresden is NOT my literary BFF and, truth be told, spends far more time languishing under the heading OAA (Occasionally Annoying Acquaintance). I like the stories (so far), but that enjoyment comes with some mondo qualifications and some serious groans. However, before I rail against the main character's penchant for lame cheesy-flavored popCORNY, I'm going to begin with what I think are the...more
Reasons to read this book.

1. Harry Dresden is a believable character. He learns, he grows, but he does not gain a new power every book. In fact, he doesn't seem to gain any power in any of the books. He gains awareness and knowledge.

2. Susan is cool, but flawed like Harry. Love her.

3. Godfather with a helicopter.

4. One of the best love/sex scenes I have ever read. Butcher could write a good romance novel.

5. Good female detective who has smarts.

6. Vampires with bite.

7. Butcher knows his myth, le...more
Mike (the Paladin)
The story continues here and stays true to form.

The Dresden books are some of my favorite none, hands down. These are great brain candy. They're pure escapism, total Urban Fantasy fun, comic drama that do several things very well. Each novel tells it's own story making them individually readable and enjoyable while in the back ground evidence and details mount to tell a larger more involved tale.

Here we open up with Harry broke (not that unusual) and in a spot he isn't all that happ...more
David Sven
Good pace, interesting plot elements, new nasties along with some old ones, and great audio narration by James Masters. I particularly enjoyed Marsters' Russian accent for Sanya. He has really expanded his repertoire of voices since book one and I’m digging it.

I do appreciate how Butcher keeps building on the existing lore of the series. We learn a bit more about Harry (view spoiler) We get some new secret organisations, The...more
Best Dresden Yet. The people who told me that the series just keeps getting better and better were not lying. I loved this one.

So many different storylines converged here, and it was SO EXCITING! I seriously didn't want to put this one down.

That is all.

Wait, no... The only thing I think would have improved this book would be to scrap the recap of past books and the way the world in the series is. This is book 5... Pretty sure I get it that Harry's a wizard by now.

Otherwise, I seriously reall...more
The reason why I enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series is that each book is jammed packed full of "stuff." What do I mean by "stuff?" It's all the creatures, magic, mythology, and action all thrown in one book. So much happens in this book and I can always count on Harry's unique way of deal with adversity (and adversaries). I think these books work because they capture the gritty world of city life and juxtapose it with the paranormal. Chicago makes such a great backdrop to this world.

In Dea...more
Executive Summary: To me this is where the series stops being so formulaic and starts to get really intersting. I really enjoyed re-visiting this one.

Audio book: James Marsters gets better with each book. His Russian and Japanese accents are enjoyable in this one.

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While the book still follows the format of Harry gets a case and mayhem ensues, we at least break from the mysterious attractive female bit.

Someone has stolen the Shroud of Turin, and apparently fled to Chicago with it. The...more
3.5 stars. I love this series. It's fun, it's fast-paced and the world Jim Butcher created is amazing. I thought this installment was a bit more adult than the previous books. I definitely won't wait as long to start with the next in the series.

The story: 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...more
Again, Jim Butcher does not disappoint. With rich characterization & bold storytelling, Death Masks treads the lines between black and white, encouraging the reader to consider his/her own position. The classic question "Why do you do what you do?" is subtly threaded through the entire book, with almost every character. By no means a morality play, this book nonetheless got me thinking, while being entertained by some acerbic and well-timed wit!
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: It’s okay
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Everything I’ve come to expect from a Jim Butcher novel.
Characters: Well written
Plot: Fight or flight response at it’s best
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Harry

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I won’t say I was blown away by this novel but it proved to entertain me as has this series. It was like a roller coaster for entertainment. There was slow build up moments, fast paced action an...more
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Olivia ツ
This is my favorite Dresden book so far. The writing flowed better. Harry seemed more secure and I liked that he had backup (finally!!). I enjoyed the twist and turns and of course all the Harry one-liners. And wouldn't you know a sex scene!! Gasp!
Story: 3.5/5
I had thought I was coming to an end of my Dresden run with the last book Summer Knight. I was disappointed with a story that ambled along with confusing stories and characters that just did nothing for me. So believing that Jim Butcher had nothing new for me I approached Death Masks with low expectations.
I was pleasantly surprised. The story has a interesting plot. Of course our intrepid hero gets himself in a whole lot of trouble, with the usual mix of characters; Red court vampi...more
The 5th installment starts with Harry on a talk show, (trying to hold back his powers so he doesn't blow up the tv equipment). And then it turns out his fellow guests on the show are all here just to see him for one reason or another, and it's not to get his autograph or anything.

A red court vampire wants to challenge Harry to a duel. A catholic priest wants Harry to hunt down some theives that stole the turin shroud. His girlfiend susan reappears, with a new guy, and it's not clear how well sh...more
Very good! Lots of exciting and sometimes frantic adventure balanced by explorations of morality when living in the gray areas. These guys are all vigilantes, unable to rely on conventional authorities to take care of the problems they face. So where does their authority come from and what are the rules, what lines should be drawn? I always think that that the best fantasy and sci-fi wrestles with deeper themes while still delivering Ride of the Valkeries style entertainment (another reference f...more
The Dresden Files just keep getting better and better. I'm honestly surprised that Harry is still alive. Other than the fact that Dresden survives everything, fights demons and vampires and is in love with a blood-thirsty half-vampire, this series is very realistic. The good guy doesn't always get the girl. He may always solve the case, but there are messy loose ends. Nobody lives happily ever after, they just do the best they can. I'll be getting the sixth installment with my next Borders coupo...more
Jeff Raymond
When I embarked on going through this readthrough of the series, I expected to like these books. They're not terribly reviled by a large segment of readers, generally held in high regard, and so on. What I didn't expect was to continue liking each new book more than the one before it. I thought Summer Knight was great and the best of the series. How on earth is Death Masks even better?

What I liked: Death Masks continues doing what the Dresden series does best - creating a sense of danger even wh...more
The series has shaken off the weaknesses of the first two books and really found a solid groove now. This time we find Harry and Michael teaming up again to find a religious artifact, which opens up the worldbuilding in that arena. Butcher introduces a fearsome new creature and a formidable foe, in addition to some new allies, fellow Knights of the Cross. The more Butcher invents new mythology, the more the series sets itself apart from similar stories. Although I do get annoyed that, like in Su...more
Alex Ristea
Mr. Butcher, I am sure you are great at many things.

Writing is one of those things—please keep at it.

I think it's safe to say that The Dresden Files are the funniest books I've ever read. It's the perfect mix of great jokes and bad jokes that Harry calls out. Not to mention all the references to pop culture which crack me up like no other.

However, credit where credit is due. This was one of the first Dresden novels that elicited heartfelt feels outside of the usual "that was badass!" and great a...more
Ranting Dragon

If you are reading this review, you are most likely well-versed with Jim Butcher’s famous urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. After the momentous events of Summer Knight, many readers may be nervous, wondering if Jim Butcher can keep up with his frantic pace. I am here to ease your worries; Death Mask further cements Butcher as one of the best urban fantasy authors out there.

The war between the vampires and the wizards still rages on, and the death to...more
Loved this book!!! If there is only one thing to say about this it would be that I loved this book. Each new chapter in the Dresden files have hooked me more and more, but this one (so far) is my favorite hands down.

In this book Harry Dresden has even more crap heaped on his plate. Not only does the Red Court of Vampires want him dead, he is tasked with the challenge of recovering the Shroud of Turin. In the midst of all that he is challenged to a duel to the death, he accepts because he is hop...more
This series is consistently entertaining. And with each book the writing is better. Not many series you can say that about.

Dresden is one of the most stylish characters in recent memory and I think the potential is there for the popularity of an "adult Harry Potter" or "Twilight". Not that I'm comparing the series to these other books. I just feel like they could with the right exposure go mainstream.

Most of you have read these. Most of the rest of you are in the process of reading them. The res...more
The Flooze
Death Masks maintains a breakneck pace throughout. Like in any other of the Dresden Files, Harry faces impossible odds. The war with the Red Court of Vampires is escalating and a duel to the death may mean a truce--or the demise of Harry and his friends. While preparing for the face-to-face, he's dodging hitmen, chasing thieves, and battling hellish creatures of fascinating variety. Add some heartbreak into the mix and, needless to say, Harry's having a hard time of it.

Death Masks stands separat...more
1/20/11-1/20/11-Oh, I do so love Harry Dresden. And I do so love James Marsters. So listening to this book was like a reese peanut butter cup- 2 great tastes that taste great together. (This is the second candy reference I've made in my reviews in the last few days. Can anyone tell that I gave up candy for my New Year's resolution?) Anyway, candy aside, this was what everyone called the turning point book. Harry was forced to grown up a little and realized several things. You can't always get wh...more
Nicholas Karpuk
To reiterate my criticism of the series as a whole: Harry Dresden is a stupid, narcissistic, nerd who's first impulse when it comes to problem solving is to run into the villain's lair and shout "Who's making all the bad magic!" and then get surprised when people attempt to murder him.

Though I must acknowledge that Dresden has shed a bit of his stupid over the course of these books. His solutions have gained a bit of tact, no longer always consisting of barging in demanding to know whose bad mag...more
Death Masks
4 Stars

One of the more entertaining installments in the series so far.

The plot is comprised of two separate threads. The first focuses on Harry being challenged to a duel in order to end the ongoing war between the Red Court of vampires and the wizard's White Council. The second involves the theft of the Shroud of Turin and the various factions interested in acquiring it. While both storylines have potential, Butcher never quite manages to merge them together cohesively and it is onl...more
4 Stars

Death Masks, #5 in the Dresden files is one of the better books in the series thus far. A lot of bad is going down in this one for Harry. A pissed off Red Court Vampire challenges him to a duel to the death. Unknown assailants attempt to kill him on multiple occasions. Susan, Harry’s ex and now almost vampire also adds to the layers of danger that are facing our hero.

For pure unadulterated urban fantasy, Butcher includes every type of monster, creature, ghost, and even the kitchen sink in...more
Feb 20, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy

My Thoughts: This is the first of the books in this series in which I’ve seen any significant editing errors, such as a car’s “breaks” and Larry Fowler being called “Jerry” at one point. The formatting is a bit screwed up in my copy, too, but nothing too distracting; mostly it is that almost every use of “Red Court” is italicized and put upon its own line. This is an e-book edition (my backup copy), though,...more
Ben Babcock
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"Hell's Bells" count: 16 (plus two editing errors - "break" for "brake" on page 24 and "shield" spelled "shielf" on page 319)

It's the "Hell's bells" that started it. I don't usually make notes on spelling errors in books. I do notice them, of course - they practically jump out at me and dance around - but these are the only ones where I make a note of the page.

Anyway, on to the book. If you've been following the series this far, you know that Harry Dresden, Wizard for Hire, has really gotten him...more
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi...more
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