I'm not going to write a huge review because if you've read than previous novels, you know what the series is about. If you haven't read them, well, why are you reading this? Start at the beginning, genius. I'll just say that this is definitely the best book yet. If Your interest in the series is waning (mine was after the third book, but was a bit revived by the fourth) then I think this one might pull you back in. I loved it. Really the most exciting yet, best writing, getting more attached to characters. Enjoyed it a lot.
James does great as the story teller and I can't imagine the series without him! Great book, and well written, bidding me to the next in the series, while not leaving me insatiated.
Death masks was similar yet different at the same time from the other books in the Dresden series. The story seemed more about character development and set ups for future books which is expected at this point in the series. If there's one thing good about the story it's that it leaves you with anticipation at the end wondering what will happen next.
The Dresden series itself has a methodical story structure to each book and, regardless of what supernatural battle Harry might find himself in, it always seems that some miracle spell or last minute Savior jumps in the mix and save him. This book followed a similar structure but the character development of other people that I'm sure will be more prevalent in the series as it progresses, vmade for a more interesting read.
All in all, at the end of death masks,I am still left withy the same impression of the series. It's a great idea with excellent potential but is just missing something. Anytime Harry gets in a pinch, it just seems to be page after page of some useless Magic battle but there's no suspense because, in the end, you know he's going to live.
Really hoping there's a hook in the next book or two that will drive me to want to finish the 16 book series.