Dead to the World
Sookie hasn’t ever been in this position before. She’s got an ex-boyfriend to deal with and a naked man is running down the road on New Year’s Eve. It turns out that a Witch’s spell has caused vampire Eric to lose all memory about who he is. Naturally he turns up right in Sookie’s path so she’s forced to deal with him. It seems that these are some truly bad Witches that are hell bent on moving into and taking over the vampire’s money making businesses. One of the Weres goes missing then a vampire too. These two very different supernatural beings are forced to unite together against the mutual Witch threat. Oh boy, this is gonna be a challenge! Vampire Bill’s off to Peru to work on his major project for the Queen and Sookie’s brother Jason disappears rather quickly from the story too. Rather too quickly if you know what I mean. Did the Witches take him? The father of one of the many girls he’s been out with? Where is he? Sookie is starting to wonder if she can keep her New Year’s resolution to not get beat up. And Eric just isn’t Eric anymore. He’s a lot sweeter and a lot kinder which is what Sookie really needs right now. But in her heart of hearts she knows that this isn’t the real Eric and sooner rather than later there will be a big ol’ show down between these supernatural beings with the resulting return of Eric’s memory. Alcide is still on the scene along with his supposed ex-girlfriend Debbie Pelt, that bitch who tried to kill Sookie in the last book. We’re introduced to another set of interesting locals living at the crossroads Hotspot. We’ve also got another fun filled cameo from that famous vampire face Bubba.
The complexity of the world Charlaine’s created is thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. You never know what she is going to come up with such as odd moments of Sookie’s thoughtful clarity. Sookie stands at the beginning of the battle between the Vampires and Weres against the Witches and she marvels at the fact that she is there at all. She thinks to herself that if she had met the Witches first she could very well have been on the other side of this battle. -Flourish