Saturday 23 May 2009


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.

It's not the first time I've said this, but the Sookie Stackhouse series is one of my favourites. And after reading the latest book, which happens to be #9, it remains up there with the best.

The weres and shifters have decided that it's time to reveal themselves to the public by having one of their own shift on live TV. At the same time, several of the 'furry' residents of Bon Temps also change inside Merlotte's, while others change in their homes. At first, everything seems to be fine, with only a few showing any signs of intolerance.

However, when a local shifter is killed and left outside Merlotte's for everyone to see, it appears that the first hate-crime has been committed on someone Sookie knows. It's enough to cause tension around town, but while Sookie tries to find out who did it, a whole lot of other trouble starts around her. She seems to go from one bad day to another, finding herself the target of several attacks from different people. All trying to use her as a tool to get a message across.

At least she gets to find a little bit of happiness in this book, and even though she's still not sure about her latest choice in men, he makes her happy.

Dead and Gone was another excellent addition to this wonderful and very addictive series. I love the way Sookie takes us through what usually starts out as an average day of work and daily duties, but always turns into so much more. There was a lot of action, more revelations about her family, danger at every turn, and a deeper understanding of the true nature of fairies. I also found that this book had a whole lot of suspense and tension, and had me turning each new page with a certain degree of dread.

If you're a Sookie fan, you won't be disappointed. And if you haven't read a Sookie book, yet, maybe it's time to start. Personally, I can't wait for the next one!

Dead and Gone, June 2009, ISBN 0575085517, Gollancz Paperback


Cora Zane said...

Ooh, this one looks good! Been awhile since I read a Sookie Stackhouse book. Might have to pick up this one!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Hey Cora! If you enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series, you'll love this one. :)

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