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Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 12
Southern Vampire Mysteries
Charlaine Harris

May 1, 2012 / 9781937007447

Reviewed by Jan Fields

Sookie Stackhouse has always been a little bit fickle. In this installment of the series, she's having some serious trouble with her relationship with Eric Northman so the book is a little light on sexy sizzle. Of course, Eric has troubles of his own: his vampire king is considering whether to let him live (um, if he's undead, is he unliving?), a dead body is cluttering up his lawn, and he just might have to trade Sookie in on a vampire mate. And Eric isn't all Sookie has on her mind either -- her fairy kin are giving her headaches and her boss's main squeeze might possibly want her dead. This novel feels like a transition piece for the series. It does contain a mystery with the aforementioned dead body, but mostly it's about making a small shift in Sookie's love life and working out her relationships with her fairy kin. I loved the fairies. They were a wonderful balance of psychotic and innocent. And when Sookie finds out she gets one wish -- the answer to "What does she wish for?" turns the series in a whole new direction. I enjoyed visiting with Sookie; it had been a while. It's nice to see she still has a few twists up her sleeve.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Dead Until Dark #1    [review]
Dead to the World #4    [review]
All Together Dead #7    [review]
From Dead to Worse #8   [review]
Dead and Gone #9   [review]
Deadlocked #12    [review]
The Compete Sookie Stack House Stories [review]

Anthology: Many Bloody Returns

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2012