"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie 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. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up 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.
My Review This is the 10th entry in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and just like all the previous books I had to get this one the days it was released, with this novels I feel in part I know exactly what I going to get, while I can’t denied I’ve liked some books better than others and even if I won’t be putting this one on my favorite’s category I still found it very engaging.. The characters everyday’s life is mundane but the magical elements makes it exciting, entertaining, interesting, sexy and mysterious, but all in a very personal way thanks the no nonsense writing style of Charlene Harris. Even though I really enjoyed this installment I was left with the feeling of just being a bridge book to the last two left on the series, don’t get me wrong we still get plenty of action, drama, vampire politics, new discoveries and hints at where the story might be heading, Bill fans will be very happy with this installment. I won't give anything away, except to say that there is some of the old Bill in this book and it's good to have him back. Pam gets a great storyline, besides a sticky situation between her and Eric. Sookie seems to be doing a lot soul searching, examining her life, her positions and questioning in which direction she wants her life to go. I’m a big fan of Eric… and here I’ve come to the part I didn’t like, I’ve been left with more question the answers by this book, I can’t understand why create a character larger than life like Eric *♥♥♥♥♥* to have him not be HEA of our heroine, Sookie and Eric still together in this book but I’m not feeling it. I can’t denied this is the romantic part of me being disappointed, after all this is supposed to be a straight Urban Fantasy series, but one the biggest appeals for me was the sexual tension that existed between Sookie and Eric, I’m afraid that has been gone since Dead In The family. I approached this book with the understanding and gloomy acceptance that Eric might not be Sookie’s HEA (in the world of romance ‘happily ever after’). I guess I just have to trust Charlaine to write a good story that will leave me satisfied in the end. I f you take all this in consideration I do recommend this audiobook, after all you want a book that can take you way, and this book certainly did that. If you are new to these audio books I would definitely recommend starting with the first book in the series, it would be a shame to miss the wild ride and the hours of entertainment these books can bring you. This installment is again narrated by Johanna Parker, and she’s done it again, she definitely brings Sookie to life, she delivers with excellence the straight forward attitude of the character while still keeping the vulnerability and sometimes innocence that Sookie can display, I find myself very entertained by the way Johanna delivers all those funny southern lines, she does such terrific job with Sookie that I have always overlooked the fact that her male voice are just ok. My rating for this book cover is a B+
4.44 stars based on 61 ratings (on audible.com)
"By Phillip I'm always eager to find out what's going on with Sookie and, as always, it was a pleasure to slip into her mind and story again. What I never realized was how much animation is brought to Sookies story by the narrator Johanna Parker! I was introduced the series by audio and listened to all of it-never read a word-until I read the advanced chapter for Dead Reckoning on the web site. It sounded so wrong and flat in my head I actually tried to mentally give it Ms. Parkers voice and ended up laughing at how bad a job I did with it compared to her. Kudos Ms. Parker!
By Lauren My first thought after reading the book was “that’s it?” I did not feel like much happened apart from setting the stage for the next book. I enjoy this series, but am disappointed with this book. The tone of the book is quite somber; the fun factor is absent. Sookie is in a funk for the whole book and is very judgmental towards both herself and the non-humans in her life for not being Christian enough. It felt most of the book was her mentally beating herself up for choices necessary to survive. I’d like to see her grow a bit more and embrace her whole self and her gifts rather than just glorifying her human side.
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