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Review: Death MasksDeath Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Penguin Audio on Oct 29, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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 semivampiric 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.

This is a series that seems to get better with every installment. There more more creatures and ever escalating convolutions to plots. The only thing it’s missing is much development of the main character.

Yes, Harry Dresden is still one of my favourite characters, but he never really seems to grow or change. This book is no different. He hasn’t learned any new magic since the last book, and yet he still manages to survive an encounter with an even bigger bad guy. I hope something about his character advances soon.

This book saw the return of Michael from book 2, and like that book, there was very little Murphy. I don’t like these secondary characters choices. I’m a huge Murphy fan. She and Harry have great chemistry. And the appearance of Susan? She can leave now and stay gone thanks. I just don’t like her. I don’t really have a good explanation, I just don’t.

The plot this time had some interesting Japanese style elements, and the crazy idea of a duel, along with several other things. There was plenty to keep my attention, and the narration of the audiobook is amazing as usual. Something overall fell a touch short of amazing, probably the lack of Murphy, but I’m looking forward to the next book. On audio, of course. There really is no other way to experience this series.

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