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The Fae War has ended, and somehow Sookie has survived her kidnapping, torture and more to live another day. The question remains, does she want to? I really felt for Sookie in this book, she has gone through so much and this time around her well-known perkiness has taken a beating and called for retreat. Who can blame her?
If you have been following the series, you know that Sookie was bound to be influenced by the utter quantity of violence that surrounds the supernaturals she hangs with. This time around, it seems like it has finally left its mark on her. When she is threatened, and worse when she sees how dragged down Erik has become, she is bitter and wants the being responsible dead. This is not the Sookie we met in Dead Until Dark.
Love Among the Ruins
But don’t think that this book is all dark and doom – it isn’t. The darkness can be compelling, fantasy that it is. But it has its redeeming parts too. In fact, one of the nicer parts of it is that Sookie finally gets her Viking to admit he loves her. It is something she, and many of her readers, have been waiting to hear the long tall cold one say. I like Erik the best of all her lovers, but there were times I thought he would never give in to his feelings. When Pam lets Sookie know that she has never seen Erik this way about someone it made my little heart soar.
Ruins Among the Love
Of course, being the Sookie universe, there are dead bodies everywhere and danger around every corner. There are dead bodies not only where there shouldn’t be any, but most decidedly where someone not very conveniently placed them. There are town-folks threatening Sam’s livelihood (first time I can remember seeing Sam that angry) and there is some very creepy moments when Sookie faces one of the Fae clan who is beyond dangerous. Who would have thought the Fae could be such scary beings? But then, these are not Tinkerbelle fairies, are they?
Inner Action Trumps This Time
Some may say that nothing much happens in this book, but I think they are wrong. I think a lot happens, but it happens internally. Erik and Sookie both go through some major changes here, and although our gal is kinda quiet in much of the book compared to her usual self, it felt real. No one would go through what she did at the hands of those two murderous monsters in Dead and Gone and not have been affected by it.
One of the things I have always liked about this series is how the characters grow and change. I like that the Fae and the Vampires and yes even the wers are decidedly non-human in this series. They are not just people with fangs or fur – there are some real differences in how they think. They are not the same static predictable characters, nor are they just like the ones we met ten books ago. Truth is they shouldn’t be.
Dead in the Family is where Sookie finally admits that she may in the end be just as blood-thirsty as the vamps. It kinda scares her, but not enough to have her change her mind about who needs to be killed. Now that, of all the things that happened in Dead in the Family, was scary for me.
But we also get to see the strength she gets from friends and family. Jason comes through as much more together now and even her Fae “cousin” is revealed to be more than the petty self-centered being we were first introduced to. She finds that she values her connections to these different tribes, and even if she isn’t sure all the time where she fits in, these are her family now. In fact, the final scene of the book (no spoilers here) simply amplifies this rather nicely.
If you are a Sookie fan, get ready to be a bit surprised by how she handles some stuff here. Even Erik does a bit of “growing up”. If you are looking for a bit of a breather while waiting for the next season of True Blood, I can’t think of a better way than reading the series that started it all. The books are in a compelling fantasy world that holds together better than most. Dead in the Family is a good bridge between the end of the Fae War and the battle about to begin as Erik fights to save his territory. It reveals an evolution in characters and a growth in our gal Sookie as well.
For many of us Sookie Stackhouse fans it is hard to believe that the upcoming Sookie Stackhouse Book 13, Dead Ever After is the final one in the series. With all the years of following Charlaine’s wonderful series and then getting the treat of True Blood to add to the enjoyment of our gal Sookie, it will be hard to read the final book in the series and know that this is it, the end of the story and our trips to Bon Temps.
In the last book of the series, we see that in many ways some things never change in Bon Temps. It starts off simple enough when Arlene comes around Merlotte’s trying to get her old barmaid job back. Like that would ever happen, considering that Arlene was the one that tried to kill Sookie! Turning her down was the most fun Sookie had seen for a while!
Not like the situation she has to endure with Erik suddenly being a truly ice cold Viking. It seems that not only Erik but every vamp in town is giving Sookie the cold shoulder these days. But when she finds out why they are treating her like so much bad news, she finds even her sensibilities can be shocked.
Sookie Stackhouse Book 13 Packs A Punch
Just when it seems that things can’t get much worse, they do. A horrific murder happens in town, and everyone is horrified to see that it looks like Sookie is the prime suspect! Of course, no one is more shocked than Sookie herself when they come to arrest her for murder.
When the evidence they have turns out to be so flimsy that they cannot even hold her, Sookie’s feelings of vindication are short-lived. That may be because when she decides to find out who the killer really is, she finds out some truths about Bon Temps that she may wish she had left alone. Sometimes the truth doesn’t set you free, it just frightens you.
When everything you thought was true is a lie, and the one person you thought you could count on is revealed to be something else, what can you trust anymore? In Sookie Stackhouse Book 13 our gal is in for a lot of revelations, and not many of them are pretty.
Hey! Why not have all your friends order the kindle version now and plan that Sookie party for May today!
Well, the penultimate book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Deadlocked Book 12 of series was indeed one for the fans. Even with a dead body on the lawn to bring a murder mystery into the story, in Deadlocked book 12 it wasn’t the plot that gave us all satisfaction, it was the return to Sookie Stackhouse and those so familiar characters. We may all know that Harris is wrapping things up for the Sookie Stackhouse gang, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting our HEA ending when the time comes.
Putting aside the murder mystery, there was a great deal of wrapping up of old story threads in Deadlocked book 12 of the series. Sookie Stackhouse isn’t getting any younger and since she has made the choice to not go vamp, she is at 28 seeing many of the others around her settling into marriages or having babies. The clock is ticking for Sookie Stackhouse, will she find the one she is meant to be with?
In the end there is a kind of sadness to Deadlocked book 12 in this series. Perhaps some of it comes from the knowledge that there is just one more book left in the series. But for many, the story has run itself out and it is time to let our Sookie Stackhouse find her man and her place in life.
If there was ever any hope that the long tall Viking would be Sookie Stackhouse’s end story, that hope is pretty much killed in Deadlocked book 12. Erik has finally revealed his true nature, and his hunger for power is exposed as he ponders just how much influence would be bestowed on him if he does become the consort for the Queen of Oklahoma. Poor Sookie Stackhouse doesn’t have a hope of saving her heart from his cruelty now. We all saw this coming, and though Erik may not have yet made his choice, I think that by Deadlocked Book 12 we all see the writing on the wall for this one, as does Sookie Stackhouse.
I found myself sorta rooting for Bill still, but perhaps too much happens here that points to that being out of the question. Who Sookie Stackhouse will finally decide on becomes clearer by the end of Deadlocked book 12, but I don’t want to give anything away here. So lets just say it has the possibilities of making our Sookie happy. That is all any of us want for her.
There is closure for the Fae, though maybe not in the way I thought there would be. Of course, they become the key to unlocking the truth in the heart of Sookie Stackhouse. It is a bittersweet closure for this part of the story, but one that was ultimately satisfying by the end of Deadlocked book 12 that will be missing maybe in 13.
If you have been following the series all along, then this one is definitely for you. Deadlocked Book 12 of the adventures of our favorite southern belle is the shoe dropping, waiting for the last one to go. But it is still great to return again to Bon Temps and visit all these great familiar places. One more left to go – but Deadlocked Book 12 still shines for me.