"the latest installment of Harris' award-winning Sookie Stackhouse series"
In the latest installment of Charlaine Harris's award-
winning Sookie Stackhouse series, we find the telepathic
barmaid from Louisiana still involved with the world's
We find our favorite southern barmaid still living in Bon
Temp, LA and still working at the local watering hole,
Merlotte's. But things are looking up for Sookie. After
having suffered a serious broken heart over the vampire-
whom-we-shall-not-name, Sookie now has a new love in her
life -- Quinn, the very large, very muscular, and very
handsome weretiger. She's also been hired to accompany
the vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne, to the
national vampire summit, where Sookie's job is to scan the
minds of any humans in attendance in an attempt to give
the Queen an upper hand in any dealings in which she's
involved. Sophie-Anne's status is in a precarious
position after having survived a failed coup by her
husband -- who, as it happens, is a very dead husband now -
and the devastation that Hurricane Katrina bestowed upon
New Orleans. While at the summit, dramatic events begin
to unfold involving deceit, vampire politics, and yes, a
visit from the fanatical anti-vamp group, Fellowship of
the Sun. All of this forces Sookie to ask herself: which
side will she stand with and where do her loyalties lie?
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest addition to the Sookie
series. I must confess that this is one of the series
that I count down the days until the next book is
released. Harris is clearly one of the paranormal genre's
shining stars. Her stories aren't so complex that they
are hard to follow, but are, instead, a wonderful blend of
humor, thrills, and Sookie's ever-growing love triangle.
The only negative things I can say about this book is that
I miss visiting more with some of the more familiar
characters whom I've come to love -- Sam, Jason, &
Claudine - and I thought the ending was just a bit
abrupt. Harris compensates for the latter by introducing
us to a whole new set of "people" -- and I do use that
loosely - and I find myself wanting to fully immerse
myself into this fabulous world in which Sookie lives.
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted May 16, 2007
A Southern Vampire Mystery
Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every sort of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life-the shapeshifter Quinn-but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.
The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.
Genre: Urban Fantasy