"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
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