With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.
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Loved the new book...Hope there is more to come :)
If you have watched the series, the books are much different after the first few, it's like two different stories...I love it!
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
The books have been getting darker and much more serious as the series has progressed. Sookie isn't the flippant not-too-bright waitress she used to be. She'a got some mileage on her and they've been hard miles. The writing is getting better and better too. The early books were light, no particular depth ... but that has changed very much for the better. This is a good one, the best yet and I am most curious to see where she is going to take the story in future volumes. Fine narration except for the exaggerated southern accents.
Yes, Harris does tend to get bogged down in the mundane details of Sookie's life. As many reviews have noted-- she spends a lot of this book cleaning, for some inexplicable reason.
However, this was a VAST improvement on the last book. The characters are evolving, and we have to let them do so. Eric and Sookie are NOT going to have the same chemistry and lust for eachother that they had in the earlier books. Their situation has changed, the world has moved on. It can be disappointing for people looking for the exact same thing, but I think its a fair decision on the author's part.
This installment seemed more of a wrap-up and correction of the last novel. There were some new developments that I'm looking forward to, but mostly, I think the author was regaining her footing. In my opnion, she did.
Johanna Parker, the narrator, is AMAZING, as usual. Seriously, that woman is "Sookie," in my opinion. I'd love to see her have a bit part on the show. I'm even tempted to buy more of the books that she narrates, even if they're not my style/ genre.
I'm a fan of series books, and I thought this one was actually just right for where it is in the 'story arc' of Sookie coming to terms with this life she's leading now. Yes, it's darker, but Johanna Parker made me laugh out loud many times (in fact I went searching for other books she's performed because I had never heard a reader who made a book come alive quite this much.) I do agree that maybe there were more plot threads than necessary - I could see you you could really make two books out of this one with a little more development of the family connections. Still, I think Sookie developed in ways that are consistent with her character and upbringing - the trouble she's having with all the violence surrounding Eric, for example - and the additional backstory was solid and helped flesh out the Bon Temps world. All in all I enjoyed this one and decided to go back and re-read a couple of others for plot points about the vampire politics that I think I missed.
There are some negative reviews here which I want to disagree with. I found this book to be as entertaining as the previous 10. Plenty happens in the book and yes, much of it is dark but wouldn't Sookie be a cardboard cutout if none of this affected her? There is a clear plot, a clear conflict, and a clear resolution to this story. I wouldn't call it high art, but it is a solid story well told and excellently read. I believe most people who like the series will also like this book. I was really worried I wouldn't based on some of the reviews, but as usual, once I pressed "play", I was loath to press "stop".
I love the Sookie books, but the True Blood series has way more twists and I was finding the books really, really predictable. Sookie was doing a lot of really stupid stuff in the last few... but this book is fresh, fun and intense. Yay! Finally one I could sink my teeth into again.
I love the series and truly believe I could read additional books for the next 20 years. Sookie is fun and spunky and Eric is still HOT! I enjoy the dynamic between Eric and Sookie in the books. Sookie breaks the bond with Eric and it is exciting to see if they stay together or not.
This book became a little dull 3/4 of the way in but redeemed itself in the end. Some of more of the fairy questions are answered however there are still many more unanswered questions. Looking forward to the next book to answer more of Sookie's family history...
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