Sookie Stackhouse would really like time to get over being betrayed by Bill, her long-time vampire lover, and get used to her new relationship with sexy shapeshifter Quinn – but instead, she finds herself attending a vampire summit, the destination of choice for every undead power player around. She’s being used as a sort-of human Geiger counter for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of Louisiana.
But Sophie-Anne’s power base has been severely weakened by Hurricane Katrina, and she’s to be put on trial for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but others have their doubts. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day – and night – Sookie must decide which side she’ll stand with, and quickly, for her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe . . .
The seventh instalment in the popular Sookie Stackhouse series written by Charlaine Harris is All Together Dead. Once again we have the pleasure of following Sookie Stackhouse on her supernatural adventures. Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in the small rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. She wishes for a quiet, simple life and of course this is never the case!
Throughout the series, Harris has created an original, exciting take on the supernatural world. It has everything you could ever ask for: vampires, weres, shapeshifters, demons, fairies and witches. Harris has successfully intertwined her past experience as an author of crime novels and the fantasy genre to create a thrilling combination of the two. Loyal readers of the Sookie Stackhouse series come to expect this in each book and All Together Dead is no exception.
This book follows Sookie’s adventures as she attends a vampire summit in the fictional city of Rhodes, as an employee of the Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne. While there Sookie has a number of situations to deal with. For instance, she discovers the only other telepath she has met, Barry who Sookie met in Living Dead In Dallas, is now being employed by vampires for the use of his ‘skills’. I liked to read about Sookie and Barry bonding over their shared abilities and I enjoyed their friendship; it was a nice moment for Sookie. But of course, more dangers arise and Sookie is right in the middle of it.
There are a lot of new characters introduced in this book yet their descriptions are still strong and identifiable, even with the possibility of the majority of them being passive characters. We also learn more about the existing characters we’ve grown to love in the series. In particular Eric’s ‘child’, Pam. It was so good to hear her back story. I’ve always stated that Sookie and Eric are my favourite characters and this still stands. Yet I’m starting to love Pam more and more with each book. I love the fact that Sookie and her have bonded to the point that their friends. I also love the hints Pam gives of her loyalty to Sookie, despite the fact she has to be loyal to her master, Eric. We also hear the back story of Quinn and the reasons for why he’s so well known in the supe community. Things heat up between Sookie and Quinn but I’m still not a fan as them as a couple.
This book is action-packed, especially the last forty pages or so. There is so much going on but not in a confusing way. Harris blends all the action together in a way which excites the reader and ensures they want to continue reading. There’s murder, religious fanatics, a bombing and much more – all of which make this book one you will struggle to put down!