by Charlaine Harris
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014003
Date: 02 May, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Sookie moves into Hadley's apartment to deal with clearing out Hadley's things and deciding what to keep and what to give away or sell. And while she just wants to be left alone to finish the job of cleaning out her cousin's apartment in peace, she's not going to get any rest until she nips a looming vampire war in the bud, satisfies a hostile clan of Weres, and figures out just what the Queen of New Orleans wants with her. Adding to her personal chaos she becomes friends with the witch downstairs who also owns the building. And of course, Quinn, Bill, and Eric manage to have a good case of testosterone poisoning as they jockey for Sookie's affection and respect, completely ignoring Sookie's opinions or desires. Meanwhile Sookie steers her own course through the dangerous grounds of vampire politics and the Pelts set on revenge and manages to solve her problems using her wits, heart, and common sense.
The plot line is a bit more complex then most, interweaving a number of threads containing a wide variety of characters. Most of the problem comes with trying to decide which group is responsible for which set of events. And since she's managed to irritate several different groups of Weres and vamps, that just makes it more difficult to pin the fangs on the guilty party.
And while there is plenty of action, and adventure, Sookie is never going to be a stereotypical action heroine. She's got pluck and she's got nerve, but mostly she's got a good brain and a good heart. She also has a growing number of friends and, while sometimes these can be a bit of a liability, her enemies frequently seem to overlook them. Just because she hasn't formally allied herself with any one group doesn't mean she hasn't made friends who are every bit as useful in a pinch as someone bound by a treaty.