SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL AND ARE PLANNING IT
“Dead Ever After” by Charlaine Harris wrapped up the Sookie Stackhouse series very nicely. I absolutely devoured the novel. It came out on Tuesday. I finished it Wednesday. The book was very well done, true to Harris’s usual style, a swift plot, colorful characters of the supernatural persuasion, entertaining dialogue, and an extreme attention to cleanliness. This is one thing that is consistent throughout all of Charlaine Harris’s novels–her characters are always clean freaks. Reading about her characters and their cleaning habits makes me want to clean my house. But back to the novel.
“Dead Ever After” features pretty much all of the characters that we have come to know and love from throughout the series including Quinn, Bill, Tara, Jason, Barry, Amelia, Bob, Alcide, Pam, Mr. Cataliades, Diantha, and a slew of enemies which I am not going to name because some of them were a big surprise to me and I’d like them to be a surprise to you! At the conclusion of the book before this, Eric and Sookie’s relationship was on the rocks, partly because Sookie had used her Cluviel Dor to bring Sam back to life. This book picks up right where that one left off and Sookie has to face many challenges that had come to light because she used such a powerful magical object. Magic always has its price and it seems that Sam has changed since coming back from the dead. While Sookie is trying to come to terms with the fact that one of her closest friends has become distant, she also has to decide what to do about her relationship with Eric. As always, there are people out to kill Sookie and in addition to dealing with all her personal problems, she has to dodge her unknown enemies. Another problem that arises in Sookie’s never-dull life is that she is arrested for murder. It is at this point that most of the characters come back into Sookie’s life to help prove her innocence.
“Dead Ever After” has a very quick pace to it and never a dull moment which is why I read it so quickly. I very much enjoy Sookie’s character, from her crazy adventures, to her funny thoughts such as, “I’d rather have a gun than magic any day, but maybe that was just American of me.” (Dead Ever After, pg 165). The series definitely has a southern influence to it, this is very obvious in not only the food that she describes, but the people and behaviors–quite entertaining. I am sad that this is the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, but it wrapped up the series very well and I personally am eager to see what new character Harris comes up with next. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I think anyone who enjoys a light read and does not object to the supernatural would enjoy this book, although if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you would be very confused as to what was going on. “Dead Ever After” was a great read.