"longtime fans of the series will devour this book"

Nearly two years after meeting her first vampire, Bon Temps' favorite telepathic barmaid, Sookie Stackhouse is about as knee-deep in vampire, werewolf, and supernatural politics as she can get. Having survived a bombing at a vampire conference not long ago and becoming blood bonded to Eric -- vampire sheriff and one-time lover -- Sookie now has a whole new murder and mystery to deal with.

With the vampires coming out of the coffin having gone so well, the shapeshifters have now decided it's their turn to reveal themselves to the human world. Of course, there are always those who look upon all supernaturals as abominations of God and seek to destroy what they cannot accept. Soon after the revelation, a local werepanther is found crucified behind Merlotte's and it becomes apparent that the peace in Bon Temps is shattered and Sookie finds herself coming to her estranged brother's defense once again.

In addition to the murder investigation, Sookie's great- grandfather, Niall, who just happens to be one of the fae Princes, comes to Bon Temps to warn Sookie that the Fae battle is escalating and his enemies may now have Sookie in their sights, as well. If the humans think vampires are vicious, they're lucky they haven't seen a fae in action.

Dead and Gone is the 9th book of Charlaine Harris' bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series. (And for those who may have been living under a rock for the past year, it's also become a HBO hit with Anna Paquin, who portrays Sookie, having won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama). I've followed this series for years now and continue to love the series as much as I did in the beginning. Harris' characters continue to be realistic in showing both their strengths and faults and Sookie consistently amazes me with her ability to bounce back from one traumatic event after another. And while she still struggles with being a good Christian, she has also become a bit hardened after the cruelties that real life has inflicted upon her. There are also some great revelations within the book; however, the reader is still left guessing who Sookie's true love will ultimately be and what impact her fae heritage will have on the rest of her life. Dead and Gone is an engaging novel filled with lots of action; and even though I found it a bit darker than previous Sookie books, I have no doubt that longtime fans of the series will devour this book in no time at all.

If you have never read a Sookie story, I'd most definitely recommend starting from the beginning. Jumping in at this point would definitely leave you confused, not to mention give important spoilers away.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted May 11, 2009


A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

Now an HBO original series, True Blood—the New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series continues.

Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps—and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works—and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there’s a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Dead and Gone
(Sookie Stackhouse: Book 9)
by Charlaine Harris

Ace Books
May 1, 2009
Available: May 5, 2009
ISBN #0441017150
EAN #9780441017157
320 pages
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