Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: "Dead Reckoning" by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Dead Reckoning" proves that Charlaine Harris still has it. The novel begins with some unknown person throwing a Molotov cocktail through a window into the dining area of Merlotte's. The story continues from there with two separate lines of action. The first involves finding out who threw the cocktail. The second involves how Eric and Sookie will deal with Victor, who once again is trying to provoke Eric into a fight. In between this, Sookie learns more about her own history, both the human and the fairy sides.

I love that Sookie and Eric's relationship grows and expands in this novel. Ms. Harris balances the fine line between everything being too nice and rosy, and everything being too chaotic and strife ridden between the lovers.

This novel also includes brief glimpses into the lives of Amanda, Bob, Alcide, Desmond Cataliades, and Claude. Dermot goes from a shadowy character to a man that the reader not only sympathizes with, but roots for. Pam also becomes more dimensional in this novel, though I'll not say more for now.

Ms. Harris introduces some new characters, including an elf and a new daytime man for Eric, as well as bringing back old villains.

Overall, this book answers as many questions/situations as it introduces, leaving the reader wanting more.

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