Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Death Masks by Jim Butcher [4/5]

This is the book that I read between finishing Perdido Street Station and actually writing the review. Death Masks is the fifth book in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series, and it’s one of the best so far. The action is pretty much non-stop from start to finish, as wizard Harry Dresden faces demons, vampires, hit men and an ex-girlfriend (who he’s still in love with) in his home city of Chicago. In other words, it’s a lot like the first four novels in the series, which is, in my opinion, a good thing.

If you read and liked any of the other books, then picking this one up is pretty much a no-brainer. If you aren’t a Harry Dresden fan yet, then this isn’t a bad place to start, as Butcher fills in enough of the backstory that you won’t feel lost because you didn’t read the first few books. Not that I don’t recommend buying the first four novels in the series too. I tend to describe these books as being like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, with lots of magic in a modern setting, but there’s a stronger dose of action, better dialogue, and less of an obsession with sex. They’re all fast, fun reads, and I highly recommend them.

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