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Date: 2007-10-26 07:13
Subject: #186 Jim Butcher : Death Masks (Dresden Files #5)
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Jim Butcher : Death Masks (Dresden Files #5)

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Orbit (3 Nov 2005)
ISBN-10: 184149402X
ISBN-13: 978-1841494029
Category(ies): Fantasy

Michael is back. And the other two Knights of the Cross are here, too. And Susan reappears (at least she has good reasons to be away for a book or few). And, of course, Harry's getting in deeper. This time, he's trying to track down a holy relic that in the wrong hands could prove devastating, while also having to agree to fight a duel to the death with a senior vampire. And there are some particularly nasty demonic foes as well.

One interesting thing about Butcher's invention is the very cagey approach he takes towards Christianity. There's definite power in the Christian symbols, and the Knights of the Cross are powerful, but while the kingdoms of Faerie are definitely there, and demons can be raised, behind the Church is, it would appear, nothing more than the power of faith.

The series rolls on.
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Angelic Eye for the Gendered-Species Individual: almost atheism
User: rysmiel
Date: 2007-10-26 17:16 (UTC)
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I rather like what he's doing with Christianity; I think there has to be something more than just human faith to the underlying cosmology if we're going to bump into actual fallen angels. There is mention in Grave Peril of Kali and Hecate as possible candidates for the Nightmare, so it's a world with real deities considered plausible, definitely.

The bit about this one that did not quite work for me is the lack of any solid in-story reason for the vampire duel plot and the fallen angels/Shroud plot to be happening at the same time.
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