Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)

by Charlaine Harris


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For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…

But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.

At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.

But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441017157
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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Chapter Three

The closer I got to the vampire bar, the more my pulse picked up. This was the downside to the blood bond I had with Eric Northman. I knew I was going to see him, and I was simply happy about it. I should have been worried, I should have been apprehensive about what he wanted, I should have asked a million questions about the velvet-wrapped bundle, but I just drove with a smile on my face.

Though I couldn’t help how I felt, I could control my actions. Out of sheer perversity, since no one had told me to come around to the employees’ entrance, I entered through the main door. It was a busy night at Fangtasia, and there was a waiting crowd on benches inside the first set of doors. Pam was at the podium. She smiled at me broadly, showing a little fang. (The crowd was delighted.)

I’d known Pam for a while now, and she was as close to a friend as I had among the vampires. Tonight the blonde vampire was wearing the obligatory filmy black dress, and she’d camped it up with a long, sheer black veil. Her white fingernails were polished scarlet.

“My friend,” Pam said, came out from behind the podium to hug me. I was surprised but pleased, and gladly hugged her back. She’d spritzed on a little perfume to eclipse the faint, rather dry, smell of vampire. “Have you got it?” she whispered in my ear.

“Oh, the bundle? It’s in my purse.” I lifted my big brown shoulder bag by its straps.

Pam gave me a look I couldn’t interpret through the veil. It appeared to be an expression that compounded exasperation and affection. “You didn’t even look inside?”

“I haven’t had time,” I said. It wasn’t that I hadn’t been curious. I simply hadn’t had the leisure to think about it.

Pam gave me a long look of appraisal. “Go back to Eric’s office and hand him the bundle,” she said. “Leave it wrapped. No matter who’s there. And don’t handle it like it was a garden tool he’d left outside, either.”

I gave her the look right back. “What am I doing, Pam?” I asked, jumping on the cautious train way too late.

“You’re protecting your own skin,” Pam said. “Never doubt it. Now go.” She gave me a get-along pat on the back, and turned to answer a tourist’s question about how often vampires needed to get their teeth cleaned.

“Would you like to come very close and look at mine?” Pam asked in a sultry voice, and the woman shrieked with delighted fear. That was why the humans come to vampire bars, and vampire comedy clubs, and vampire dry cleaners, and vampire casinos . . . to flirt with danger.

Every now and then, flirtation becomes the real thing.

I made my way between the tables and across the dance floor to the rear of the bar. Felicia, the bartender, looked unhappy when she saw me. She found something to do that involved crouching down out of my sight. I had an unfortunate history with the bartenders of Fantasia.

There were a few vampires seated throughout the bar area, strewn among the gawking tourists, the costumed vampire wannabes, and humans who had business dealings with the vamps. Over in the little souvenir shop, one of the New Orleans vampire refugees from Katrina was selling a Fangtasia T shirt to a pair of giggling girls.

I walked through the bar and knocked on Eric’s door. I heard his voice inside, telling me to come in. I stepped inside and shut the door behind me. “Hi, Eric,” I said, and was almost rendered mute by the surge of happiness that swept through me whenever I saw him. His long blond hair was braided tonight, and he was wearing his favorite jeans-and-a-T combo. The T shirt tonight was bright green, making him look whiter than ever.

The wave of delight wasn’t necessarily related to Eric’s gorgeousness or the fact that we’d bumped pelvises, though. The blood bond was responsible, and I had to fight the feeling.


Victor Madden, representative of the new vampire king, Felipe de Castro, stood and inclined his curly dark head. Victor, short and compact, was always polite and always well-dressed. This evening he was especially resplendent in an olive suit and brown striped tie. I smiled at him and was about to tell him I was glad to see him again when I noticed that Eric was eyeing me expectantly. Oh, right.

I shucked off my coat and extracted the velvet bundle from my purse. I dropped the purse and coat in an empty chair, and walked over to Eric’s desk with the bundle extended in both hands. This was making as much of the moment as I could, short of getting on my knees and crawling over to Eric, which I would do when hell froze over.

I laid the bundle in front of him, inclined my own head in what I hoped was a ceremonious manner, and sat down in the other guest chair.

“What has our fair-haired friend brought you, Eric?” Victor asked, in the cheerful voice that he affected most of the time. Maybe he was actually that happy, or maybe his mama had taught him (a few centuries ago) that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

With a certain sense of theater, Eric silently unfolded the velvet. Sparkling like a jewel on the dark material was the ceremonial knife I’d last seen in the city of Rhodes. Eric had used it when he officiated at the marriage of two vampire kings, and he’d used it to nick himself later when he’d taken blood from me and given me blood in return; our third exchange, the one that (from my point of view) had caused all the trouble.

After Victor recognized the knife, there was no trace of a smile remaining on his face. He and Eric regarded each other steadily.

“Very interesting,” Victor said finally.

Once again, I had that feeling of drowning when I hadn’t even known I was in the pool. I started to speak, but I could feel Eric’s will pressing on me, urging me to be silent. In vampire matters, it was smart to take Eric’s advice.

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Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3227 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy this series and heartily recommend this latest multi-layered addition. This book is a murder mystery about the crucifixion of Sookie's estranged were-panther sister-in-law and a tale of survival when Sookie becomes the target in a war between two faerie factions. These two story lines, with the help of a few plot twists, are ingeniously interconnected and thrillingly concluded. The romantic sub-plot (which begins a relationship between Sookie and Eric and ends with Sookie's last minute doubts about Bill) is also a fun and interesting read. Personally, I hope her relationship with Eric continues for awhile. Although Sookie has not yet realized who she really loves, I have no doubt that her 'true love' will be revealed at the series' end. Until then, I'm happily, (although a bit impatiently), along for the ride. Occasionally, the story's flow is slightly slowed by extraneous events (see below)*; however, overall reading enjoyment is not diminished. Further, unresolved issues concerning the FBI and Sookie's half-fae great uncle linger at book's end. Although unessential to solving the mystery, these unsettled matters tend to niggle any reader who prefers 'end of book' answers to all questions. As regards the Eric vs. Bill dilemma, IMO Bill and Sookie have been done to death. Bill will fight to the death for Sookie, but in Dallas he pursued the humans leaving Sookie unprotected while Eric took a bullet for her. Plus, Bill has always disregarded Sookie's monetary needs, (like her potholed driveway), while perversely providing economic independence for his distant and clueless descendants. In contrast, even when uninvolved with Sookie, Eric was attentive to her economic needs and tried to help her to the greatest extent she would allow. Most importantly, Eric has never really been in-love and he doesn't really know what Sookie means to him. In the distant past he cared for his family, but he never had a love relationship. He doesn't know what it means when he wonders why he hasn't had 'enough' of Sookie even after a night of lovemaking, and that is pretty intriguing. On the other hand, when Sookie asked Bill to emotionally commit to her in the past, Bill responded by telling her that he had already lived and loved during his human life. (Note, I'm not even counting Bill's presumably involuntary break-up with Skokie at the direction of his maker, and his sudden disappearance from her life. Plus, it's impossible to forget Bill's 'car trunk' rape and mauling of Sookie, as well as his failure to reveal that he had been ordered to befriend and seduce her.) Of course, there's always Sam. He loves Sookie and, as an added bonus, he's actually alive. *(Unnecessary/unresolved subjects include: Octavia's immaterial household presence and departure; Sam's inconsequential out-of-state trek and family problems; the FBI's superfluous and unresolved involvement; Quinn's pointless and brief appearance; Hunter's clairvoyance issues; the seemingly useless knowledge about the unavenged killing of Sookie's parents; the inexplicable behavior and questionable motivation and whereabouts of Sookie's half-fae great uncle; and the diverting but unessential public 'shapeshifter' reveal.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book more then the last couple. I liked how you got to know a little bit about Eric and what he was like before he became a vamp. Sookie and Eric make a good couple i think and im glad they kind of "married". I also like the fact that they touche on how shady Arlene is. I was wondering when they were going to make her attack sookie. I liked how you can forshadow Eric and Bill fighting over Sookie in away. All in all i thought i was a good book and an easy read. It was way better then the last two. This one was full of drama and new things in each chapter!
TNVolsFan25 More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Mrs. Harris' work (not just the Southern Vampire series). She is one of the few authors that I keep coming back too. I have almost always found her books entertaining and well-written. With that being said I would like to review Dead and Gone, the latest installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. This book managed (in 320 pages)to take away everything that I have ever like about this series. Let me explain. One thing I like about the books is that they are told from Sookie's point of view. While this book does the same thing, it was horrible because there was hardly any dialogue. The book was mainly filled with her thinking...could've, would've, should've. Blah, I can do that myself and don't want to read about someone else doing it no matter how short the book is. Basically if this book were to be made into a movie it would fall under the silent film category. Secondly, while a lot of loose ends were tied up, there was hardly any plot at all. Yes, there was a murder, but haven't we come to expect a murder in this series by now (one way or another). There was also a war with the supernatural. Again, not the first time that's been done in this series. The war (if one can call it a war) didn't take place until close to the end of the book and was over within a couple of pages. It seemed to me that Mrs. Harris threw the war into the book because she realized after page 290 that her book was anticlimactic. Hopefully the real Mrs. Harris didn't write this. Any day now the publisher will issue a statement apologizing for the huge mistake. Then, the FBI will quit wasting time in this book and start investigating the real problem...who is this imposter claiming to be Charlaine Harris? To sum it up, I feel more than disappointed. Some of the characters are thrown in just to make some sort of appearance and our protagonist acts as if she will have a mental breakdown and end up in a straightjacket. I understand Sookie has been through a lot and feels strained. However, if that's the direction Mrs. Harris is going to take her personality I think it would be best to set the next book up in the Bahamas. Otherwise, Sookie won't be much use to us. In Hindsight, maybe I built this book up to much (I had a year) and I ended up setting my expectations so high that no matter what Mrs. Harris wrote I would've been disappointed. Then again, maybe the increase in fans, money and demands became to much for Mrs. Harris and this was the result. Maybe, it was both reasons.
JMACK24 More than 1 year ago
I know the book isnt out yet but on Charlaine Harris' website you can read the first chapter, and let me tell you it sound AWESOME. In the first chapter of the book the Shapeshifters come out!!! All Charlaine Harris' books keep you hooked, but i CANNOT wait for this book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Sookie series. That being said, I was a little let down by this edition. It seemed to be lacking substance. The plot was too rushed. I wish Harris had spent a little more time on developing the story. The book could have been much longer, which would have allowed for more explanation. There are, as many have stated, a lot of characters. I didn't have a hard time keeping up, but some interactions were unnecessary (i.e. the Tara section). Overall, the book was good, but left me wanting more. This is the first time I felt robbed at the end. It lacked closure.
avid_readerJJ More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels I loved them. I have to say this book does not follow the typical Sookie personality. Well for that matter I even wondered if there was a new Eric put in the book b/c he was different also. I guess if your really into the Sookie story you will still want to continue but I honestly have to say when I recommend reading the series to friends, I will not be including this book in that recommendation.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the series especially the first one book. When you are a Charlaine Harris fan like me, you should read this book. It keeps you entertained for hours.
Chevaleresse More than 1 year ago
Dead and Gone was truly a good read. I anticipated the release of this novel and was not disappointed. I enjoyed the inclusion of the character & background additions. For someone who has been reading the series for awhile, it will offer welcomed answers to story elements that had puzzled me. I was also happy to see that Sookie is learning to stop taking crap off her brother and the Bon Temp community. I enjoy that Sookie's character is slightly changing. I have started to becomed disappointed with characters in other series novels who have drasticly changed Though it isn't clear to me how the Fae inclusion will pan out in following books, or the reason for Hunter's inclusion, I look forward to Harris' next novel. In this novel Harris finally lets the reader get to know who the real Eric is. With each new novel, the reader is given little tidbits, but this is the first to actually give him a background. This novel gives the supernaturals more human qualities and the humans are portrayed more as monsters. The parellel between Eric & Sookie is the best element of this novel. Eric is cold & Sookie is sweet, but somehow Harris shows how they both are learning about themselves, and love. And the reader gets to witness the change in both characters. And the chemistry between the two is very magnetic. If for no other reason the one-on-one dialogues between these two make this book a must read.
SamanthaNight More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and unlike a lot of peole who came to the series only after True Blood was shown on T.V. I've been following it since the very first. I fell in love with Bill when Sookie did, and I was just as star struck by Eric. I even cried when Sookie broke up with bill, and again I cried for poor broken hearted Quinn the weretiger. But underneath all of that love is a quite a bit of disappointment for this book. I hate the fact that after all this time Sookie can't seem to make up her mind about Bill and Eric, and she still takes all of Jason's crap, and Sam's too. It just seems that this book is a perfect example of a series that is kind of stuck. Sure in the past years a lot has happened, and the Author writes about so many changes in Sookie, but evey book is more of the same. Everyone either wants to sleep with Sookie or kill her, and she is torn between two, or three or four men. I love the author and I still love the series, and I waited in aticipation for this book but I can't say that I'll be doing the same for the next. i'll definately buy it, but I won't pre order and won't mark the days either.
xxarial21xx More than 1 year ago
I was highly anticipating the release of this book. I am a huge True Blood Series fan. I hate to day this but this book seriously lacked on everything. I think Harris took too much time "Explainning" previouse events and not enough time on anything else. the book did not get interesting util the last few chapters. By interesting I mean everything her books usually have. The shocking events, the heartwarming, anticipation, realization, and much more. So I ask: what happened? There were a lot of loose ends to amend that were not. I felt that the story was not well organized. I was seriousely disapointed. If you want to know what happened for the next book just ask someone. you won't miss much by not reading it. I hope the next one is better and makes up for this one.
genny More than 1 year ago
i am a huge fan of the series and this one is a let down. i feel like charlaine harris did not write this book. or if she did, it was only to please Bill's fans. i have waited so long for this book to come out and once i was done reading i wanted to burn the book. theres a lot of things that didn't make sense in this book. too many subplots that did not even add to the whole climax of the story like mel/gay drama. also, the FBI, what was that? then tara being pregnant and just everybody else being pregnant, then getting killed. what? sookie and eric were not their real selves in this book. they never had their "talk" in this book. this is the 5th book after the eric amnesia, gosh charlaine harris, how long are you gonna keep us waiting? plus the knife and the whole "engaged" thing was overlooked. the normal sookie would get really pissed with this idea and would ask questions but she didnt. i think that was a significant part of the series,them being married but how come charlaine harris rather talk about arlene and the fots than spend a couple more pages on the whole eric/sookie relationship? they need to TALK NOW! the sex scene was a disgrace. the torture scene was 1-dimensional (ala Stephanie Meyer). i dont get why key characters have to be killed on this one.. claudine was pregnant and for most of the books she's been saving sookie's life. why end her life in one sentence? i feel like she needs more recognition than that. then tray? why? i feel bad for amelia. his death was stupid. if anything, the one who should have been killed was bill. he hasnt played a big part in the series since book 3. plus im really getting tired of the whole love triangle thing. bill would have regained his dignity if he died a heroic death in this one and so that sookie will finally move on and focus on more important things like eric and their engaged status. also. i would be happier if claude was dead instead of claudine. i feel like the fae war was unnecessary. it took place in another dimension, so why mention it? i hated the part where Niall kept coming back to warn sookie. he was a powerful fairy, why not send someone to guard her? it was dumb. the weres' coming out was overlooked. i thought the book was going to focus on that since it was the sneak peek of the book in chapter one, but what happened? we were lead on to minor subplots. i think the only thing that i really liked was the part where quinn appeared and told sookie about how hard she was with him. he mentioned all sookies suitor doing the same thing, not putting her first. i think it was a good wake up call for her. she needs to decide now. overall, i think this is the worst book of the series. theres no character development and everything was rushed. all the characters were not being themselves. it was short, inconsistent, and not well-thoughtout. maybe if charlaine harris added like 20 more pages and tied loose ends, it would have been ok for me. being a fan of the series, i hate where this book is going. i'm starting to get tired. the fans are just being lead-on. i feel cheated. i want a good story, not a long, awkward series of events that never ends. after i post this, i will go to charlaine harris' website and ask if i could get money back bcz i am really disappointed with her writing, its not worth my money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was really looking forward to this book, but some how it just didn't seem quite right somehow. Paricularly disappointing was the Eric/Sookie love scene. It really seemed like something that got thrown in after the book was done, just to get it in. I hope the next book is better.
FriscoMom More than 1 year ago
I love the series! I couldn't wait for book 9 to come out but after reading and finishing it, I could have waited another year. We have grown to love the relationship between Sookie and Eric and this book lacks that. She keeps the reader wanting more but not in a good way. Her writing style is utterly confusing in this book. She skips from thought progression and live moments awkwardly and confusing at times. One minute Sookie is thinking about making a sandwich and the next she is on the phone with some one....(Sequence not actually in the book but you get the picture). I was left having to reread back sentences to figure out what just happened and where I got lost. I'd have to say that the most disappointing "action" sequence from the book was towards the end during (SPOILER) Sookies torture time. Charlaine never really reaches a climactic point for me in the book. This would have been an excellent moment for that..During this sequence she tells the reader that Sookie was being tortured (rather than explain) and then has the reader back in when she's rescued. I would have loved to have felt something during those few chapters but alas, nothing. I'm left feeling nothing from the whole book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Harris and her publishers should be ashamed of putting out a quickly written novella and calling it a book. Then to insult fans further, expect us to purchase the remaining portion in October. I've watched so many authors sell out but Ms. Harris' track record was exemplary. She was one writer I always felt as though I would get my money's worth from... that's no longer the case.
blackwidow More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the negative reviews, I admit I was a little apprehensive about starting this book. But, after waiting and waiting for its release and finally getting it home yesterday, I have to say, I literally devoured it. I had it finished by 8:30 pm. It was absolutely excellent and well worth waiting for. I think Sookie's relationship with her two vampires is now so much more defined and exciting. It has a new depth and dimension. Charlaine Harris has done it again and done it very well, I might add. Excellent book. It was dramatic, and funny and very touching. I am totally waiting for the next book already !!!!!!!
craftygirl36 More than 1 year ago
I started this series after reading the Twilight series because like many, I was still enthralled by the world of vampires. Although I was reluctant at first because the characters and story line are very different, I was very soon completely engrossed and I could not put the books down. The first few books were incredible, the plots have just the right balance of mystery,suspense,humor and romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. But as I read on, I find myself getting annoyed at the characters. It feels like the author keeps creating more scenarios for the sole purpose of keeping a story going that should have wrapped up a few hundred pages back. Also, I used to admire Sookie for her strenght and her resilience and she is always quoting her grandmothers favorite quotes from the bible. She considers herself a good person with sound moral values. However, it annoys me that she justifies her sexual behavior by saying that Bill introduced her to great sex so now if any male whom she finds attractive touches her, she cannot control herself. I am no prude and these books are not for prude people to begin with, but this is a bit much. Sookie has turned into a loose character with "big lust" as she puts it and if any man holds her hand it creates a "straight line to her hootchie", give me a break. Also, she used to be really conflicted about people getting killed and now she just figures, "better them than me". I am all for the plot taking unexpected paths, that is what good writing is all about, I just wish the characters would stay true to themselves. I feel like I dont even know them anymore. I wish Ms. Harris would wrap this story up already so I can find out who is it that Sookie wants to have sex with the most since she does not seem to be able to actually fall in love with anyone.
JennyJC More than 1 year ago
I have to say I absolutely love Eric. He was in the book, but not very much. Sookie and Eric are building their relationship and I am so happy.... Finally!! I wanted to see more of their development, but the book was good as it talked a lot about the fae. A must read, but not a must buy if you are looking for a lot of Eric.
jddolly More than 1 year ago
this book is great for sookie readers who are team eric supporters! many great scenes between the hot viking vamp and sookie. with just a glimps here and there to his softer side. i recommend the entire series!
Michyland More than 1 year ago
I can't say this was a bad book. It actually starts pretty good, and we can see real evolution in every character. It starts as a natural progression from the book before, we get to know Eric better, but also Arlene, etc. My problem is really with the plot. It starts really good and strong, but there are a lot of loose ends in the story, a lot of things you don't see resolving, and towards the end, you really don't know where you are headed, and I'm not talking abouut the thrill at the end that'll make you bite your nails 'till the next book comes out. I'm talking 'what tha...' kind of scenario here. And I don't like to see a broken Sookie, if she's anything is strong.
DarkKitty More than 1 year ago
I was soo happy to get this book, I read it in one day! Of course the characters were great and I really liked some of the plot twists, it felt kind of anti-climatic when the end came. I was saddened by the plot lines for some interesting characters (I won't ruin it). All in all it was like eating three potato chips... just not enough! Which in my opinion is a compliment for Ms. Harris, I'm a Sookie junkie! GET ME ANOTHER ONE QUICK GIRL! Until then if you need a vamp fix without the whimsy... try any of the butt kickin' Anita Blake novels by Laurell K. Hamilton, the first is Guilty Pleasures. ...Or the baddaz witch Rachel Morgan novels by Kim Harrison, yes us goofballs can kick azz too!
CStorm More than 1 year ago
Okay, so don't get me wrong. I usually LOVE the Sookie books, but this one just wasn't up there with some of the others. I got done reading it and felt like nothing happened. There wasn't very much excitement. Nothing extremely important was accomplished. The weres came out, but nothing really became of that. Perhaps I'll read it again and my outlook will change, but it doesn't seem likely. Sadly enough, maybe Sookie is caput. Or maybe I just got so excited about this book that it just wasn't worth the hype and wait. I will give it another chance.
IrredeemableBibliophile More than 1 year ago
The author seriously missed the mark on this. I was waiting eagerly for this instalment, and I had to force myself to finish. Sookie was annoying - even more so that she can tend to be. I found myself not caring about Bon Temps or Hot Shot at all, and how can it be that, after 9 books, Sookie remains right where she started? No progress, emotionally or otherwise? Also, I still am mystified as to what the central conflict was in this book; there were so many little ones, none of which made much sense. The publisher needs to EDIT this author properly. Many of the passages were ... non-essential, shall we say, and should have been culled. I was annoyed by this book. When the next one comes out, I'll get it from my local library.
primalscreamLL More than 1 year ago
After reading all the other books in the series, I found this book to be weaker than the others. It started out slow, but picked up in pace towards the end of the book...The ending was amazing, and I can't wait for the next book to be published. Not as well written as the other books, but definately worth reading.
hlizmarie More than 1 year ago
This book was a real disappointment in the series. I've been a huge fan and gotten a bunch of other people hooked on the series but I feel like this one was more of a draft than a finished story. At the end I was left thinking "Is this it? All we get?" The characters are great but just didn't ring true to me. Plot elements and story development lagged and then were incredibly rushed. It just felt very haphazard and unfinished. Sorry to say that I don't think I'll be rushing out to get the next book right away. I haven't given up on the series but it may have dropped back a few notches in my mind.
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that I've bought and even given as gifts the other books in this series, this will be the last one I buy before reading it, and may be the last I read if things don't lighten up and otherwise improve. There is only so much fans of a series should have to endure along with the protagonist -accent on agonist- and Harris is pushing the envelope. In the previous book Sookie was already becoming bitter and cold; more of same in this book. Combine that with the unlikely plot -yes, even for a fantasy- unnecessary killing off of favorite, and not favorite, characters, kidnapping, murder, torture, loss, estrangement, dysfunction, obsessive exes, and Harris' lousily written sex scenes, this book was an all-around disappointment. All the bad things that she could have stretched out over several books and tempered with a little bit of positive storyline have been instead rolled into this one volume. It is heavy to the point of oppressive; what Harris gives Sookie with one hand she snatches away plus interest with the other. What was the point of introducing characters who made her life -and the series- a little better, the few who weren't using her for their own purposes, just to hurt her with those ties before ripping them away from her? Pointless and depressing: for that I don't have to buy a book, I can watch almost anything currently being offered on TV.