Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #5
Genre: Detective, Private Investigator, Urban Fantasy, Wizards, Demons, Angels, Vampires
Death Mask is the 5th novel by Jim Buctcher and I consider this as one of the favorites as the book has a lot of revelations to the protagonist and it would really affect the progress of the series
The book begins with an ultra-powerful Red Court vampire challenging Harry Dresden to a duel. Harry knows that fighting this guy is a bad idea, but not agreeing to the duel may be even more dangerous.
Now that Harry has agreed to a duel he most likely won't win, he finds himself embroiled in a case involving the missing Shroud of Turin, the Vatican, horrific murders, a plague that makes the Bubonic Plague look like chicken pox, and powerful fallen angels.
Only smart-ass Harry Dresden can waltz through situations like these and he doesn't come out unscathed. he doesn't make it look easy. In typical Butcher style, he never loses his sense of humor, not even in the final shootout; but he also never loses sight of the gravity of his situation.
While most of The Dresden Files books work well as stand-alones, Death Mask is one of those who would like to hold off until you have finished reading Grave Peril. because of the ongoing war between the vampires and the White council of wizards, Harry's bittersweet relationship with Susan, and the beginning of the temptation of Harry by Lasciel one of the Blackened Denarians.