Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9) by Charlaine Harris

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
My thoughts:
I was a little sad when I read the announcement that the next season of TrueBlood on HBO is going to be the last.  I can see how they are running out of places to go with the storyline.  I also know that Harris brought the series to an end, but it was fun looking forward to the next episode each season and wondering how much it would stick with the books and how much would be different.  Since I've been a bit behind in the books I find that I get to elements after I've already seen them and I can also see the changes that were made.
This time around the fairies got a lot more story time and they are not the way I am used to imagining them.  Niall, Sookie's fairy grandfather, is not like he was portrayed in the TV series and his connection to Sookie is also different, but he is part of a war that has been brought to her doorstep by his entrance into her life.  The fairies are going to war and Sookie gets caught in the middle of it all.  Not that Sookie isn't already used to people and beings trying to kill her, but this goes a whole new direction.

It makes you think about how many people get caught in the middle or wars and squirmishes who are innocent and have nothing to do with the conflict.  People who are simply there because of where and who their parents are.  What does it take to heal from these experiences?

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