O Hamlet, what a falling-off was there”
Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
This book is not Charlaine Harris at her best. It was not only inferior to other books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I would go so far as to say that none of the characters “behaved” like they have in the previous books. Charlaine: make me happy and tell me this was ghost-written (so to speak), so I won’t feel so disappointed in you!
Sookie is rarely anything but self-absorbed, crabby, spoiled, and hypocritical. Eric is boring (almost a contradiction in terms!) and unassertive, both of which are totally out of character. Bill suddenly is speaking like he would have when he was born, in the 1800’s, and Pam is inconsistent – one minute weepy, and the next venal and happy about it. Sandra Pelt is back yet again, but this time just as a cardboard killing machine trying to do away with Sookie. And Alcide – the hot-looking werewolf – makes a brief appearance (double entendre – he is only wearing his underwear) – for no other reason, it seems, than to provide a good beefcake moment for the HBO series. As Harris seems to get more tired of the vampire aspect of Sookie’s story, the fairy connection gets more attention. But not in a good way.
Harris’s trademark humor is sorely missing in action. The plot is rife with rehashes from previous books. I could almost hear Harris yawning as she wrote the book.
Evaluation: Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse will want to read this book, but they probably won’t come away from it very happy.
Published by Ace Books, 2011