My first thoughts after I finished the book the first time was "Kate is just so awesome". You want to reenact the fight scenes, they're so exciting. EMy first thoughts after I finished the book the first time was "Kate is just so awesome". You want to reenact the fight scenes, they're so exciting. Every time she kills the big boss in the end it never seems unrealistic. She's pretty beaten up. What makes Kate special I think is that she never gives up and her smack talk. Andrews always includes comedy, mystery, and drama. Her characters are so distinguished. I think the relationship between Kate and Curran was good. Andrews always knew the right time to implement the next move in their relationship. I can't wait for the next books. And Andrews just had to start a new series. lol Why can't authors just finish a series once they start it? Not start a new one in between. :) Andrews has achieved something great with the Kate Daniels series. She figured out a way to mix everything from today's time with the best from the past, like swords and magic. Well magic just fits more with the medieval time....more
Andrews somehow keeps on managing to make each book better than the last. "The first book is always the best" is not the case with the Kate Daniels seAndrews somehow keeps on managing to make each book better than the last. "The first book is always the best" is not the case with the Kate Daniels series. Things start really going towards Kate's family. Of course, like the others, it has it's funny parts, it's heated parts, and desperate and powerful parts. It was so powerful that I had to read it over again and some parts three times. :) We get to see Kate use some new abilities. ...more
**spoiler alert** Business is good for a change. But maybe it’s a little too much for Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard.
One**spoiler alert** Business is good for a change. But maybe it’s a little too much for Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard.
One, he has to duel with the Red Court of Vampires’ champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards. Duke Paolo Ortega is a “dedicated, honorable, courageous, self-sacrificial loony…”, but not as fair as Harry might think.
Two, professional hit men are using Harry for target practice.
Three, Father Vincent has hired Harry to find the missing Shroud of Turin, “supposedly the burial cloth used by Joseph of Aramithea to wrap the body of Christ after the Crucifixion,” and most likely a very powerful magic artifact, see, because when complete belief or faith in something can give it powers. Some otherworld creatures also seem to want the Shroud and Father Vincent is all that he seems to be, as Harry soon learns.
Four, Murph brings Harry in on a case with a handless, headless, slashed, ground up, and plagued with every disease (even smallpox) corpse.
Five, Susan, Harry’s half-vampire ex-girlfriend, returns. Dun, dun, dun. I can just see Butcher thinking, “Elaine…check. Susan …check.” He’s tying off all the loose ends.
Oh and six, a lot of Harry’s friends seem to be saying to get out of the business, out of town, or stay home before he gets himself killed or worse.
This one’s going to leave a mark for sure.
Lieutenant Karrin Murphy (Murph) is getting better. Now, when Harry says, “It’s confidential,” she’s doesn’t go all “confidential, my ass!” No, she looks at him and says, “All right. Are you holding back anything that might get someone hurt?” and “You know what you’re doing.” And then Harry gives in because Murph trusting him is something he is isn’t used to and guilt hits him. :) Murph doesn’t get much face time in Death Masks. Damn shame, but Susan has to get out of the way first, before they move forward in their relationship.
I inevitably gave in to Susan and liked her in book #2, but in Death Masks, I was like, “Finally! Took long enough for their relationship to end.” I think Butcher did a real good job on creating a strong relationship where the couple loves each other, but in the end can’t be together. And he couldn’t make their love perfect because that’s always saved for the one that protagonist will end up with. With a lot of other books I think they don’t make the previous relationships good enough and they end up feeling just like obstacles the protagonist had to overcome and learn from to finally reach their “soul-mates.” Susan and Harry’s love was one in where she always wanted her to come first in his mind, that he would rather want to be with her than save some people’s lives, one where he doesn’t speak his feelings much and doesn’t tell her he loves her till it’s too late, and one where she put her job before everything else and deep down wanted information from him the most no matter the cost. It always made me suspicious of her. Harry held back for a long time, but she’s a relentless seductress/reporter. Susan has changed now that she’s actually part of the supernatural world that she always reported on. She sees things more Harry’s way and understands him better. She’s going to stay off blood because if she doesn’t then she’ll be a full-vampire and she’s joined a sort of Alcoholics Anonymous…but for blood. She wants to use her newfound powers to help people and she’s come to say goodbye to Harry for the last time.
Waldo Butters, a medical examiner, is the one put on the plagued-corpse. Once, he put in a report that the remains from a crime scene were humanoid, but not human. He ended up going to the loony house for three months. He was almost fired, but instead lost his credit, reputation, and he gets stuck with all the cases that no one else wants. Butters isn’t one to lie. He’s got some odd eccentrics, but he’s still a very smart medical examiner. “The phone rang and I gave serious thought to blasting it into orbit, where it could hang around with Asteroid Dresden. I stomped back into the living room, picked up the phone, and snarled, ‘What.’ ‘Oh, uh,’ said a somewhat nervous voice on the other end. ‘This is Waldo Butters. I was calling to speak to Harry Dresden.’ I moderated my voice to a mere snarl. ‘Oh. Hey.’ ‘I woke you up, huh?’ ‘Some.’ ‘Yeah, late nights suck. Look, there’s something odd going on and I thought maybe I could ask you something.’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Sullen monosyllabism, a sure sign of sleep deprivation.’ ‘Eh.’ ‘Now descending into formless vocalization. My time is short.’ ‘…Sleep is God. Go worship.’” Long-live Polka! That’s all I’m going to say.
Shira, Sanya, and Michael Carpenter, the three Knights of the Cross with their special swords.
Ivy, the Archive, fulfills the role of the referee in the duel and succeeds at being both creepy and funny. Harry was the one to give her the nickname Ivy. Arch-ivy. “I am the sum of human knowledge, passed down from generation to generation, mother to daughter. Culture, science, philosophy, lore, tradition. I hold the accumulated memories of a thousand generations of mankind. I take in all that is written and spoken. I study. I learn. That is my purpose, to procure and preserve knowledge.” And…she’s a seven-year-old little girl. “’If you know that much,’ I said, ‘if you are that powerful, why did you hire a bodyguard to bring you here?’ ‘My feet don’t reach the pedals.’” Her power was passed from her mother to her during her birth. At the point when you lose the power, you become a vegetable. Ivy is still very human, even though she doesn’t show it much, she does feel emotions. She talked about her mother and she seemed a little wistful of what could’ve been if she had really known her, yea, as the Archive, she knows all about her mother, but not really. All this knowledge that Ivy has has made her older on the inside than she really is on the outside. There is one thing that seems to bring out the child in her though. “Kitty!” She’s very dangerous, definitely more powerful than Harry, and not afraid to kill.
Three Denarians (some kind of fallen angel-demons) attack Harry and Susan while they’re at an art auction to get the Shroud. The leader is named Nicodemus. They fight and Susan and another girl manage to get away in the get-away car. Harry gets pulled back at the last minute and they take him and the Shroud. They torture him and try to turn him over to their side with no luck. Then Shiro comes in to save the day, but has to make a deal with Nicodemus to get Harry free. Shiro gives himself over to Nicodemus, his long-time enemy, for one whole day to do with whatever he wants, and Shiro won’t try to run away. Shiro gives Harry his sword and Harry reluctantly leaves.
In the duel with Ortega, they fight with the weapon of will. Ivy brings a mordite sphere, which is sensitive to applied will. Whoever has the greatest force of will controls the mordite. The duel will end when one has pushed the mordite close enough to the other person to devour him. It all essentially looks, at least in my imagination, like a lot of straining, like they’re having a real hard time going number two. They do trash talk a little. Then Ortega pulls out a gun and somehow Ivy is far enough away that she doesn’t see it. Ortega is willing to kill Harry knowing that Ivy will just kill him afterwards because he cheated. Then a sniper, one of Susan’s friends, who came without Harry’s knowledge shoots Ortega. It only wounds him as he’s a vampire. A bunch of Red Court Vampires burst out to defend Ortega and the real battle begins. Ivy kills some, her “human” bodyguard kills some with surprising reflexes, one of Harry’s allies (a vampire) helps him out, Harry bursts some with his main arsenal: fire, and Susan goes after Ortega only to get taken out pretty fast when he throws her, knocking her out. Ortega gets away. Ivy decides to let Harry go because neither she nor her bodyguard could tell who broke the sanctity of the duel first and it’s past her bedtime anyways.
The day has passed. Harry, Michael, and Sanya go to the airport where they’ll try to stop Nicodemus from infecting the people there and causing a worldwide plague. They find Shiro in the small church area. He lasts long enough to give Harry his sword to give to the next Knight of the Cross and tell them Nicodemus went on a train. They team up with a mob-gangster, Johnny Marcone, on the way over there. Marcone happens to want the Shroud as well. They catch up to Nicodemus and the two other Denarians and they fight him on top of the moving train. Sanya, the newest Knight of the Cross, goes down fast. One of the Denarians uncouple the cars of the train and separates the beaten Sanya from the others. Michael starts on him. They sword-fight for a while, then Nicodemus pulls a gun on him, much like Ortega did and shoots him multiple times. Marcone manages to get the Shroud from him, taking away some of his power, and jumps off the train with it. Harry uses another magical artifact Nicodemus had on to choke him with it. He doesn’t get to kill him though because the other Denarian comes to his rescue. Harry then grabs Michael and jumps off and lands in water. He’s about to drown because he refuses to let go of Michael when Marcone throws the Shroud to him to pull him out. Marcone calls Murphy to come get Harry and Michael and leaves with the Shroud.
Michael happened to be wearing a bulletproof vest and comes out alive. Sanya makes it out fine, as well. Shiro left a letter for Harry that he wrote weeks before, in which we learn that he had terminal cancer. One of Harry’s friends cause an asteroid to fall from space to hit Ortega at his hideout place. Harry tracks down Marcone and finds that he wanted the Shroud to try to heal his daughter, who’s in a coma. Harry decides to let him have it for three days, which is how long Christ was wrapped in it, and then Marcone has to send it back to the Church. Marcone agrees. ...more
In Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisonedIn Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisoned and unable to fight back. But of course Elena keeps fighting and trying to make an escape. Near the end and the very beginning you see the familiar Clay and Jeremy. Antonio and Nick never enter the picture, though I would have thought Armstrong would say something about Jeremy informing them of Elena's kidnapping.
I'm not completely sure because it has been more than a few weeks since I read Bitten, but I think in Stolen Armstrong included more of Elena's thoughts. Like after someone asked her something or even if they just gave her a look, she would come up with her own defiant thought before giving her own answer which was always far from her first thought. It became a little annoying after a while.
Armstrong did succeed in adding a whole new level with all the other supernatural beings. However I would have enjoyed more details on them and their history. We did find out a bit on witches, or teasers I mean....more
It was okay and all but I just don't like witches too much. They don't have that great abilities. They can be side characters but not main characters.It was okay and all but I just don't like witches too much. They don't have that great abilities. They can be side characters but not main characters. They have to go dark to actually get some cool abilities. I also wanted her to be better at what she does. Like she made so many mistakes. Another problem was the main bad guy wasn't made good enough. He wasn't evil enough. It was like they were playing a game, the main character and him. Half of it wasn't that great. It was really slow in the beginning. It does pick up a bit afterward though. Since I don't have anything much better to read right now, I'll probably put the next Rachel Morgans book on my to read list. ...more
This one really out stands the others. I never expected to even like Hai, but I have to say she is probably my favorite of all the main characters. ShThis one really out stands the others. I never expected to even like Hai, but I have to say she is probably my favorite of all the main characters. She seemed to sacrifice the most, understand duty to it's limits, and is the most unrecognized for her accomplishments and endures the most....more
Agh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the readAgh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the reader know Kate's secret, though she teases us. Andrews creates an amazing world. Of course it's interesting that the series is written by both Andrews and her husband. I think I read somewhere that Andrews' husband does Curran and Andrews does the rest....more
Definitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, whichDefinitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, which would probably earn him many children fans....more