DEAD RECKONING by Charlaine Harris [Review]
SPOILER WARNING: This review is for the eleventh book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and may contain spoilers for the previous ten books. However, I’ve tried to avoid including any Dead Reckoning spoilers.
It’s always a happy day in my household when Charlaine Harris releases a new book, so I’ll admit to doing a little happy dance when Dead Reckoning arrived on my front porch. If you can believe it, this is the eleventh book to feature telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. The story starts off with a bang when Merlotte’s bar is firebombed with Sookie, Sam, and their customers inside. That’s not good for business, which is already down thanks to a new bar that recently opened nearby. The firebombing also brings out the protective side in Eric, Sookie’s hot vampire “husband.” As it is, vampire politics have Eric and Pam on edge. Sookie doesn’t know exactly what is going on—just that Eric and Pam are acting weird and very secretive. Sookie is never one to just stand on the sidelines, so you know she’ll end up right in the middle of whatever the vampires are plotting.
Even after eleven Sookie Stackhouse books, I still enjoy spending time in Bon Temps. It’s fun to catch up with familiar characters like Bill, Alcide, Amelia, Bob the former cat, and some of Sookie’s extended family (Hunter, Dermot, and Claude). Bubba is back too! And there is an ominous new character (don’t worry, no spoilers here) that could really mess things up for Sookie.
If you thought Dead in the Family went off on a bit of a tangent with the story of Eric’s maker, Appius, you might be happy to know that Dead Reckoning returns to the central storylines of the series. Namely: the source of Sookie’s telepathy, the mysterious fae, and the vampire power struggle. Dead Reckoning holds some unexpected surprises that I think will give fans a lot to talk about. I thought Sookie’s telepathy had been pretty well explained, but now there’s a new twist to the story. In fact, the last chapter is so packed with information that I’m still processing what it all means.
I highly recommend Dead Reckoning to any fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series since it reveals some important new details about Sookie. It also sets up a few new storylines that I’m sure will be addressed in the next book, so you don’t want to miss this one.
UPDATE 5/5/2011: If you’ve already read Dead Reckoning, please come chat with us over at the Dead Reckoning discussion page.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Ace Hardcover | Pages: 336 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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