Monday, May 9, 2011

45 of 111 Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie Stackhouse witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot--which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up once again in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human--and that there is a new queen on the board..."


This is the 11th Sookie Stackhouse novel. You have very different expectations from an 11th book than a first, second or even 5th book. We know Sookie, we know Bon Temps and we already have a pretty good idea how the pace of things will go. 
Full disclosure: My cat is named Sookie so you know I'm already predisposed to like this book but if you're reading the 11th book in a series maybe you are too.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I liked it more than the last two for sure. I'm glad Charlaine Harris decided to lock all the fairies back up in fairy after the fairy war, I don't think they did they series any favours. The fairy plot was not a strong point in the series and the last couple of books have been weaker for it.
This book takes us back to the vampires, with a dash of shifter action. There is still a fairy subplot but Sookie has more going on this time around. 
The title is Dead Reckoning. Reckoning can be defined as:

  • The action or process of calculating or estimating something

  • A person's view, opinion, or judgment

  • A bill or account, or its settlement

    • The avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds

    • This is an accurate way to describe the events of this book. Sookie needs to figure out the people/creatures in her life, who she can really trust and who is using her. She's starting to realize that it's a person's actions as a whole that define them, and that she can't just pick and chose the aspects of a person that she likes when deciding if she can trust them.
      I don't want to give anything away, but I will say I was glad to see more Sam in this book. I've always liked Sookie and Sam's friendship and Sam still seems to be the one person Sookie can really trust. He's the only one who has never let her down.
      I wondered, reading this book, what it's like for Charlaine Harris to write the Sookie books now that the series True Blood has become so popular. Do you think it affects the story, or how she writes the characters? Many people became fans of the books from the TV series and if you follow both you know that they are essentially two very different worlds. I like the T.V series but I think of it as a whole different story. 
      What do you think?
      Overall, I think there's only supposed to be a couple more books in the series and if that's the case, I think things are well set up to get the series to the end. Dead Reckoning was an improvement over the last couple in the series, although it too felt like it needed a couple more chapters to fully wrap the plot up, I liked it. In the end I still think the Sookie Stackhouse series (apparently they aren't The Southern Vampire Series anymore) is one of the best. Sookie is a great character and I still love her, plus she's still worth buying in hardcover since the artwork is so great.

      Rating: 4 out of 5

      Up next:
      Bite Club by Rachel Caine

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