Quickie Review: Death Masks by Jim Butcher ★★★

Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Harry Dresden #5
Publication Date: Apr-2003
ISBN: 9780451459404
Page Count: 378

HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

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 handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.

REVIEW

I just don't think I'm ever going to fully appreciate Harry the way some of my other reading buddies do. I like the books well enough, but I feel almost no emotional connection to any character, including Harry, and I'm constantly confused with who new characters are because he often doesn't introduce them or it's too brief when he does. I was told the series hits its stride at around book 4 so I've given it a good go, but I think I'm going to be dropping it. Liking something 'well enough' isn't good enough for my precious reading time.

3 Stars! ★★★

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