Dead And Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine HarrisDead And Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Dead And Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

byCharlaine Harris

Mass Market Paperback | April 6, 2010

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In the ninth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series, the werewolves and shifters come out of the closet and throw the small town of Bon Temps into a tailspin...

Except for cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, knew little about vamps—and nothing about Weres. Until now. The Weres and shifters have finally revealed their existence to the ordinary world, and the backlash may have claimed the life of someone Sookie knew. But her determination to find out who is responsible for the murder is put aside in the face of a far greater danger. A race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too-human pawn in their battle...

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 ...
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Title:Dead And Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.75 × 4.13 × 0.75 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441018513

ISBN - 13:9780441018512

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed the entire series! The whole series is a fun read!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead and Gone All the books in this series are fun, easy reads.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Another really good story with new and old characters, and Sookie's undoubted charm carries through most of the book. I really liked it!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing series! I read the complete sookie stackhouse serie, hooked from the start! the book are much better than the tv series.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book 9 A must read if you are a fan of Skokie or True Blood!
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! The pages just turn themselves!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another great one The Weres have finally come out. Behind Merlotte's Bar where Sookie Stackhouse works a young were-panther is found crucified. The victim is Jason's, Sookie's brother, pregnant ex. Sookie wants to find how who is responsible and prove it wasn't Jason. The fairies are having a civil war because of Sookie. Niall, her Fae grandfather may just get Sookie killed. The reader finds out a bit more about the fae world and Sookie and her relationship to the fairies. Also former friend, Arlene turned Vamp and Supe hater has a hatred for Sookie and her supe boyfriends. Arlene wouldn't do something to Sookie, or would she? This book seemed to be a bit 'darker' than the previous in the series. There was also a lot more violence. It would be nice to see Sookie find some peace but then that would not be as interesting to read about.
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True to the saga Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Quick read, and does not really disappoint.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great one Great Series! Although I can't say i like Sookie so much, she kind of seems self-centered. There is just something about how. However, I love her adventures!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Really enjoyed this book, as much as I've enjoyed all of the others in the series. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm still enjoying the series. In the 9th book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the Weres around the world are finally "outing" themselves to humans. Shortly after this, a local were is found crucified outside Merlotte's bar, where Sookie works. While trying to find out who killed her, Sookie's life continues to be in danger because of her family. I'm still really enjoying this series. That's it. I don't really have anything more specific to say beyond that.
Date published: 2010-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! After the disappointment with the eighth book of the series, I was pleased to be hooked back into the vampire and supernatural world that Harris has created. The recent addition of Sookie's long-lost relatives has only added another layer to this fantastic series.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still enjoyed it but not the best The latest sookie stackhouse installment is action packed, and while i agree with other reviewers that there was almost too much going on and Charlaine could have elaborated more i wasn't bothered by that too much (although if it were to be elaborated it might have fit into two books), the story was still interesting and typical sookie. i was however, bothered by sookie's new habit of saying "i got to..." and I miss the witty banter between her and eric who i feel is getting a little edwardian in his possessiveness of sookie
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! As per all the Sookie Stackhouse novels, another great addition to the saga! Can't wait for the next addition in May!!! The entire series is addictive...started reading them over Christmas and couldn't stop...now the waiting begins between novels...
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't quite meet expectations This book wasn't on the same level as the rest of the series. There was just too much going on. The character development wasn't what you come to expect with most of her books. I'm still a fan of the series but hopes Charlaine gets back on track with the next installment.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun as always!! My only complaint with Sookie is that I can't put the books down and I read them way too fast! A couple of new characters in this book, plus more teasers about where her love life is going! can't wait for the next book!! Did Niall mean Eric or Bill?!?!?!?!?!
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cliff Hanger !!! This book was really good and made up significantly for the previous book which was a little boring. The book ends with a bit of cliff hanger about the love vampires Bill and Eric have for Sookie. I truly believe Sookie should be with Bill, if not Bill then Quinn the weretiger. Eric is just to selfish to ever truly love Sookie and he is always scheming and playing games. I think he is just into her because of the excitement in defending her from trouble that always seems to follow Sookie.
Date published: 2009-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paranormal and sexy - what's not to love?! Loved this book and all the others in the series. I can hardly wait for the next one. I wonder if Charlaine Harris can write any faster??!!
Date published: 2009-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Plain Dead & Boring Hmm! I had hoped Harris was going to rally from what appeared to be the luke warm offering that was Dead to Worse but admittedly I am disappointed yet again. Typically I cannot put these books down as I am so engaged by the characters and what could possibly happen next, even laughing out loud on occasion but not this time. Some non-essential plot lines seem belabored whilst other major elements seem to have been crammed into a couple of pages which made for an erratic flow for my taste. I will anticipate the new installment in 2010 as I am an addict to the series but I hope there is a return to the feel of some of the earlier books in the series.
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wasn't impressed This entire book is a set up for future squeals. Charlaine failed to make this book stand on its on as the others in the series have done. I am disapointed but I am hoping that on Sookies next outing the many threads from this book come together.
Date published: 2009-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Better than the last book Last novel was really about sending us in a new plot direction, this one had a lot more meat in it, but still ran very quickly, as Charlene's books seem too. I was able to paint in scenes using her cues, but the last two chapters really wrapped up thing too quickly and could have been drawn out considerably more and still done justice to the characters and their relationships. It just ended a little too quickly for me, though, there is obviously more to say, and I will await the next installment on fangs and needles.
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really enjoy these "Sookie Stackhouse: books.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another hit! Dead and Gone stays true to the Sookie Stackhouse books. A fast, enjoyable read as always. Charlaine Harris is able to build suspense and does not disappoint with the climax. If you are a fan of the HBO Series True Blood, you'll love reading more about the Bon Temps community.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do I really have to wait until May 2010 for another book?!!!! I love this series but I think I have said that quite a few times in my other reviews!lol I am ecstatic about what is happening between Sookie and Eric however, I have a feeling Bill may stand a chance again. I hate Bill but regardless I loved this book and I hope she continues writing this series for a very long time, I am an addict!
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read Another great installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Somewhat darker than the previous books but still a wonderful book.
Date published: 2009-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark but lovable I gotta agree with what a few have said. This installment is faster paced then what we are used to from the Sookie Stackhouse books. Never the less i loved it. Even if the pace was different I could not put it down. So much happened in a short time. I guess it would be personal taste thing if you think the events are crowded or not. Also, I was alil caught off guard by the darkness near the end. I like the light heartedness.. but it does make u feel differently. Maybe because we are so well acquainted with Sookie and the others this far into the series.. we feel the darkness hit harder. But it was well written. And wasn't too terribley much at those disturbing parts. My thoughts on some of the events.. ♪♪♪May Contain spoilers♪♪♪ There's never a dull day in our favorite telepath's life. One of the big secrets gets revealed to the public right off the bat. The sneaky lil evil fairies take the wheel as the villains. Honestly.. i hate the fairies lol. They're sneaky lil buggers and plain just creep me out whether they are on the good or bad side. I was very pleased with the vampire sexy time. I think we've all been lusting for that to happen again. Really don't read anymore if u don't want to know about the ending of the book... I don't like torture sequences. They make me feel alil sick just reading about it. I think it was because the tormentors found such pleasure in torturing her. I'm hoping the fae stay away for good. I'm much happier with just the Were's and Vamp's and witches. All in all.. i loved it.. the part i didnt like was over soon enuf. And i was left wanting more at the end. Always a good thing.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darker yet still great! I really enjoyed the newest installment to the sookie series as much as i have the rest, although I will agree that this one fell a little short and was definitly darker compared to the others. I enjoyed learning more about Eric's past as well as the events that unfolded, and can't wait till the next book. Overall I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another great Sookie. Another instalment in the Sookie Stackhouse series and like all the others it does not dissapoint. I felt that i forgot alot of the characters (secondary ones) but with a little hint from sookie, it all come back to me. One thing that i will give Charlaine is that she is not afraid to kill people off. Many deaths, although none that were horribly shocking. In this book Sookie has many things to deal with. The publisized death of someone close (well maybe not close, but someone somewhat close), the Were's come out, Quinn showing up and then there is a bunch of Fearie drama. On top of all that she has to deal with Eric (who is so YUM by the way) and their... relationship??? Also Sookie kills....AGAIN! Wow, is it just me or does she do that alot? As usualy Sookie is dragged into situations that really have nothing to do with her directly, but that is what you get for having friends, especially ones like she does. The book ends with a great line: something like (this is not a quote, but i am using the punctuation anyways) "That vampire is a good man, and he loves you". The big question is who is this in reference to, and it had better be Eric. This leads us to imagine that the next book will center around the vamp, just as this one was more Feary related. It is a good instalment and nothing above and beyond the other book, nor is it crapy as sometimes happens. It is just great! Pick it up, but if you are new to the series start at the beggining as these books are written assuming you have been following along all this time.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What is the opposite of the best? I love the author, i love her books and well how to be polite? This one is not the best, in fact it ranks near the bottom. If you have read the other books then you have to read this one but it sucks. Too much happens to fast. The charm of these books was the calm pace and the relaxing chance to absorb what is happening as you read. Not in this book. It is like dirty laundry day for Sookie and everything that needs to be changed gets done and if someone gets in the way, kick'em! Seriously a new character is gone, boom in three pages, nothing bad happens and no spoilers here just one moment you have a character and the next she is gone. As if the author did not know what to do with them so she send them away. Sorry if you are a fan read the book. If you are looking to start the series stay away from this book and start right from the beginning. That way when you get to this one, you will read it even if it is a disappointment.
Date published: 2009-07-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from well, it continues the story Well, to be honest, I was a little disappointed in this installment of Charlaine Harris's Sookie series. What a surprise, I know! Well, maybe not, give my rating! Anyhow, I love Sookie! I'm a Sookie fan! It's the best "girl next door with a twist" story I've read in a long while. I've read the books since before HBO created it's own version, and I've loved all of them...until this one. And I can't pin-point why. It's still well written, the characters are still strong, but the story finally just seems to have taken this weird turn, one that leads to ... I don't know. Maybe it needs a second reading? Maybe Ms. Harris is setting up the story for a twist? Who knows? It just wan't my favorite, and if you're thinking of picking up a book to try Sookie out, pick another. Any other
Date published: 2009-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the best, i absolutely love the series, but i find this book kinda fell short. However, major twists were added, so maybe her next book will be great. Here's to hoping .
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The series continues..... Let's see book 9 in the Sookie Stackhouse series....... I liked it and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm a fan of the series and no matter what I always read the books but this one I like better than the last. We come back to Bon Temps, hometown to Sookie Stackhouse, our mind reading barmaid, who's life is filled with vamps, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies. In this book one of the main plotlines is that werewolves and shapeshifters have decided to admit their existence, after seeing vampires assimilate into society. I won't give away any major things. We do get to learn more about the fairy world and Sookie's place in it. For anyone who's a fan of her love/sex life, there's some juicy tidbits along the way. Overall I liked this book. Better than the last for sure. As usual I await the next one eagerly.
Date published: 2009-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NICE This is a good adishion to any libary. Not her best book, but it was clearly making room to have more plot twist for the next few books. two thumbs up. Only problem is that there is no date for the next book to come out!
Date published: 2009-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Harshest Sookie Book The tone of the Sookie Stackhouse series has, to me, always felt a little tongue-in-cheek, that while, yes, Sookie often gets on the wrong end of violence trying to save others or make the world a bit better, overall, the tone is still bright, and the labyrthine plots of Vampire and Were and Faerie continue to twist while Sookie tries to cram in some time to go sunbathing in her backyard. The last few books have seen some major character deaths and changes, and in this book, the trend became all the harsher. Somehow, this book was dark, not as unrelentingly so as a more horror-focused seris, like Laurel K. Hamilton, but a lot darker and meaner than the previous Sookie books. I felt a little side-swiped - the inclusion of torture, crucifixion, the death of major characters with an especially vile method - by Harris' darker take on her universe. Things felt unresolved (even after major deaths that left me a little frustrated) - FBI agents just sort of vanish, and major players exit. I'm sure this is a "turning point" book for Harris, one designed to move the Sookie universe in another direction, but I have to admit: while I liked the plot and the story, I wasn't expecting such a dark and jarring ride, and I'm missing the more optimistic tone that runs through the rest of the Sookie books. This isn't to say the story was poorly written - it certainly wasn't. As I said, it was a good plot, the characters certainly stayed true to themselves. The tone is what I felt changed, and it just took me aback.
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My least favourite of the series First, let me say that I LOVE Sookie. Dead Until Dark hooked me into the series. However, the latest book in the series left me lukewarm. For one, it was very short for so much happening in it. Given that there is a war between Supes, several central characters die, and big revelations happen in terms of Sookie's personal relationships, there is little time to adequately cover all these major events. Each one seems to happen in the blink of an eye, without Harris' traditional analysis by Sookie. Second, description was off. Usually, the events and the feelings Sookie has are described in detail. But even the "most painful" event in Sookie's life is glossed over, giving us little insight into what happened to her and how she felt about it. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, and hope that it will live upto the Charlaine Harris standard that I have come to love and expect.
Date published: 2009-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next book!! The Sookie Stackhouse novels are hook, line and sinker......once you start, you just keep wanting more. What will happen to Sookie next, who is she meant to be with, will she have a happy ever after??? Charlaine Harris knows how to write good books!
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Zesty Read! ***SPOILERS*** I’m practically speechless when it comes to Dead and Gone, but speechless in a good way. At the beginning of the novel, the weres “come out” to the public, but the novel doesn’t fixate on that event. It ends up focusing on the fairies, which I thought was interesting because I wouldn’t have predicted the fairies having such a crucial role. As often happens in Bon Temps, someone gets murdered under unusual circumstances, and this time that someone is a werepanther. Sookie tries to use her telepathic ability to find out who the murderer is, but she ends up getting in over her head in dangerous matters. Dead and Gone is full of revelations and mystery. Every few pages something exciting happened to lead the reader's mind in all directions contemplating the possible outcomes. The plot was rich, and a lot happened with the vivid characters of the Sookie universe. There were plenty of character deaths, some of which I mourned and some I didn’t. Eric revealed some details about his pre-vampire existence, but he also proved that he is still not above trickery to get what he wants, not that those on Team Eric will be upset about this by any means. Strangely enough, Sookie wasn’t nearly as outraged by Eric’s actions as I would have expected. The plot twists have opened up endless possibilities for future Sookie novels. Bill plays a significant role in the book. I feel like Harris was trying to redeem him in the reader’s eye for some of his past actions. This actually worked on me a little bit because I genuinely ended up sympathizing with him and caring about his well-being. The ending wrapped up nicely, but I was left with a lot of questions. For example, Bill’s valiant rescue of Sookie pleased me, but I’m curious as to why Eric wasn’t the vampire to rescue her. Dead and Gone is a must-read for anyone who has been following the series. Harris’ writing style, original ideas, and delightful characters combine for a charming read that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlaine Harris Does it Again!!! I Loved this book just as much as the other Sookie Books!!! Read it in one night. Fans will love what happens with Sookie, Eric, and Bill. I've been a huge Eric fan all along but Bill really has his moments in this book and I'm starting to wonder who has Sookies best intentions at heart. lol This book does not disapoint :) Luv it!!!
Date published: 2009-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm still hooked! Charlaine once again has not disappointed me. This book had action, romance, death, and mystery. Everything that makes this series so wonderful and brilliant. This is now on my top favourites of the books of this series. Fans of Eric and Bill will rejoice. You learn more about Sookie's other family. And of course Charlaine leaves us hanging when we want to know so much more. Brilliant Lady!!
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Dark Fun Read I absolutely adored this book. I felt that Sookie is stronger, more decisive, more tolerant and resilient than ever before, and that everything that has happened to her has only strengthened her and made her grow as a character. I think that Charlaine used this book as an end piece, closing a big chunk of the Sookie saga and setting up for a whole new chapter. Several characters meet their demise and a whole pile of characters are either ignored or sidelined, in what I feel is a re-assembling of the characters on the writer's chessboard. I cannot wait for the next installment with this strong, mentally-healthy and all-grown up Sookie. She's my favourite heroine right now, and for good reason. She is independent but knows when she needs help, and responds to the politics in her life with grace and wisdom. I love these books!
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 9th hit in a row! I really liked the book, and like everyone else ripped through it in one sitting. We finally get some answers to some things that have happened in Sookies past, and both Bill and Eric show their true feelings to Sookie. Not sure how I m going to wait until next may for the next book!
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another hit I loved this book just like I did all the others in the series. Charlaine Harris has moved up to one of my favorit authors. She can keep my attention for 9 books...that's saying something. I found this book more depressing than the previous 8. There just didn't seem to be a light at the end of Sookies tunnel.. I hope Harris writes more in this series.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What more can I say? I ripped through this latest installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series in one sitting. It was great. Poor Sookie, once again, she's having a rough couple of days. First the weres come out - good thing. But then Sam's mom gets shot - bad thing. Then while Sookie is left in charge of the bar, a were is found dead (in a rather spectacular way) out back - really bad thing for more than one reason. To top it off, there is a war going on in the Fairy world that is spilling over into Sookie's life. In some ways this book has a final feel to it. There are several major revelations, some less than minor characters meet a permanent end and overall it feels a little like tying up loose ends. But don't worry though, the last sentence of the book leaves me thinking there is more to come. I'm dying to say more, but I don't want to write any spoilers. If you are a fan of the series, it is definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Near perfect. Just like other Sookie fans, I started to watch True Blood last year. I liked the first few episodes, but it soon got on my nerves. Tara and Sookie were both so wrong that I couldn't get past it. The plot changes were so off course that I didn't even feel like I was watching something that was created in the authors mind. The only reason I continues on with the series is because my friend's husband had a recurring role on True Blood, and I always like to watch any show that he is on. A big fear I had was that the True Blood would ruin the books for me. I was convinced that I would be picturing Anna Paquin (ugh!) while I was reading. That would have been bad. No way would I have been able to read even one page. Ah, but Charlaine Harris is a fantastical author who truly knows her stuff. The sheer wrongness of True Blood wasn't a blimp on my radar screen while reading the book. Yay! As always, Sookie was a strong heroine who didn't allow herself to be pushed around, but at the same time knew when to back down from any type of situation where she could get herself hurt. The dynamics between Eric and Sookie are sheer fireworks. I enjoy Eric and I am pleased with any scene that he is a part of. My only complaint is that Sookie's relationship with Eric is starting to feel too much like the one between Anita Blake and Jean-Claude. (Laurel K Hamilton) Sookie isn't sure if what she feels is real or if it has to do with the blood exchanges, so she is reserved with her feelings for him. That is near to how things were with Anita and Jean-Claude, except Anita didn't know if it was real or because she was his servant. It's subtle, but still made me aware enough to think of the other series (which I stopped reading, by the way) All the usual characters play a role in one form or another, and poor Sookie is betrayed by someone she has known for a very long time. Readers wont be as surprised as Sookie was, though. Dead and Gone was awesome. It was perfect except for the LKH reminder. For that, I'm going with an A- rather than the A+ I wanted to give it. Still pretty damn good, though, if you ask me :) And because I have to tell someone, I'm going to post some major spoilers that I can't wait to start chatting about. Eric and Sookie are MARRIED!! Okay, not married the way you or I are married, but in Vampire society she is married to Eric and belongs to him and only him. Oh yeah! Bill express his love for Sookie and nearly dies trying to protect her. There were a few pages where I thought he really had died. That was sad for me because I had started to forgive him for the shitty thing he did to Sookie. I'm relived he is not dead. Well, not dead dead. LOL. Two deaths. One was Crystal. Meh. I hated her anyway. The other... Claudine! And she was pregnant. I was not expecting that at all. One last thing is that I think we have seen the last of Sookie's great grandfather. Pity. I liked him. He didn't leave without telling her that he (he, as in Bill or Eric) really does love her. She didn't know which man Niall was talking about. I hope Sookie figures it out in the next book. I hope it's Eric. That's it. That's all I wanted to spill.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too Short! I really enjoyed it, but felt that some parts could have been more detailed. I liked that when referring to the back story of the novels when needed they weren't greatly detailed. I hate re reading story lines over and over. Like Always Charline as left me wanting more. Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very dark book ****Contains Spoilers**** This book was the 9th instalment of the Sookie Stackhouse Series. I ripped through the book yesterday. This book was the darkest of all the previous books. I found that even Sookie was more bitter and less her usual self. Inspired by the Vamps the Weres come out. The reveal goes well at first. Then Sam’s mom gets shot by her husband and someone kills a werepanter and leaves the body at Merlot’s. There is also trouble starting in the fae community and because Sookie’s great-grandfather is the prince, it spells trouble for Sookie. Anxiously awaiting the “Eric talk” since the previous book I was left disappointed. He expressed his feeling for Sookie and explained why he went to her house when he had amnesia but I felt it was rushed. The talks about his past and family were just as rushed. Sookie and Eric parts were (and always has been) my favourites in the series. Sookie finds out that she is more than blood-bonded to Eric. The book was good and it did tie up some loose ends. I found that many of my favourite characters (Pam, Bubba and Amelia) didn’t have their usual characteristics. I didn’t laugh once at Pam. I was also upset that Bill is again getting in Sookie’s good graces and he will definitely have a bigger role in the next book. There was IMO too many characters and sub plots in this book. But I’m committed to this series and will anxiously await the next instalment. Again, the books was really good but not one of the best.
Date published: 2009-05-07

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Chapter ThreeThe 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.Maybe. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star