My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After the tremendous all-encompassing conflict of the last book, I wondered how Jim Butcher would top it, or if he could. (WARNING: Some spoilers ahead.)
Well, he did. In Death Masks, instead of end-of-the-world catastrophe, Harry is attacked on all sides. At once, of course. In fact, at chapter eighteen or so, I noted that Harry had yet to sleep! And it had been two days. He’d already been challenged to a duel by a powerful vampire, shot at by the mob, attacked by one of the Fallen (and still his day was to get worse). Oh, and there’s a prophecy that if he tries to find what he’s been hired to find, he’ll die. But if he doesn’t, everyone dies.
All that without a nap.
Harry finally slept when it was over. I think he slept for a couple of days.
This story was just as fast paced as the previous ones, if not more so. It grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go till the end. Harry was confronted with so many threats that a duel with a vampire warlord actually took a backseat.
On to the next. Can’t wait to see how Butcher tops this.